Ladies & Germs! I am happy to announce that my audio/ visual offerings at Thee Sunday Sonics went down so well, that the owners of The Printworks asked me back for my own night! Woo! This Friday Feb 19th I’ll be playing way out sounds & projecting mind melting visuals! On 2 projectors and maybe more! So, if you are in the area, pop in it’s totally free! And the coolest place in The STINGZ!!! Click pic or here for info. More soon! oxo GD
March 8th I will be participating in the next Pecha Kucha 20×20 Series, as part of International Women’s Day! If you aren’t familiar with the format, people show 20 pictures and speak on each for 20 seconds – so each speaker has over 6 minutes to talk on their preferred subject. Anyone who knows me, will realise – that will be hard! Only 6 minutes?? Yikes! The main thing they ask is that it be a subject you are passionate about – so naturally I chose animation. To be honest, I have done a slide presentation on the subject before, but it was 2 hours long – not 6 minutes! Should be fun! Plus there are several other speakers who are also talking on all sorts of interesting, diverse subjects. And it’s at the iconic De La War Pavilion in BexHill! Woo! Starts at 7pm Tickets are £5. Click pic or here for more info! oxo GD
It’s Mardi Gras today WOO! Eat, drink & be merry! Of course it wouldn’t be the same with out Grande Dame’s Put The Fun In Funeral Vid! If you can’t make it to a Parade or Party – let me help you get in the mood! And I also made some gifs to celebrate this joyous event! Bon Mardi Gras & Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler Yall! Enjoy! oxo GD
Happy Year of The Monkey! To officially ring in the Chinese New Year, I went through my library of Monkey Gifs (of which there are many!) and thought I would share them with you! It seems like I have a monkey fetish, perhaps I do! Some I made up specifically for Chinese New Year, but most were from prior monkey work – ha! Enjoy and Gung Hay Fat Choy! oxo GD
Of course by now you have surely heard of my meteoric rise to fame as the new GIF art star on the scene? Ha Ha! Just kidding! But I shall be taking all my trippy gif loops and projecting them at Hastings Super cool new venue – The Printworks as part of Thee Sunday Sonics Events for Hastings Fat Tuesday Festival. Im also doing a rare dj set! That’s right – psychedelic animations and sonic sounds! Woo! Loads of cool bands/ visual artists doing performances too, so come on down – this Sunday Feb 7th – day time at The Observer Building & from 5pm at The Printworks. Click the pic or here for info! In the meantime enjoy this dj mix & animation show! See ya! oxo gd
Wow! That was quick! I entered some of my GIFS in the Art Rise Savannah Gif Festival (which premieres tonight). Wasn’t sure if my work had been accepted, then I got a Twitter notification from UK based culture Mag – The Memo – not only was my work accepted – BUT I’m a headlining artist! Woo! And think my GIF career is only a month old! Ha! Not really – I have been doing this for 14 years! But still – yay! Goals reached times a Gazillion! Wow! Ok, I better get my acceptance speech written! Ha Ha! Check out The Memo’s write up on the festival! AWESOME! oxo gd
People have been saying to me for a few years “You should be a GIF artist!” I always thought thought that was a silly idea. My reply would be “I’m so sure! I am a storyteller! An animator! My work takes months, sometimes years! Gifs are only a few frames!” Initially I was put off because it didn’t seem challenging enough. I could do gifs in my sleep. I’m used to working on things that nearly kill me, not something I can do in a few minutes… But in this click society we live in, peoples attention spans are compromised. To ask someone to watch a 5 min animation, is asking them to invest their time. And 9 out of 10 people, will not give you their time. But see, gifs are forced upon you – kinda like eyeball rape. You have no choice. You will see it whether you want to or not!
Last year I started noticing Huff Po Arts and Juxtapose writing about Gif Artists, so I decided that I would go through my library of work and compile a number of gifs, but then my computer died in Sept and it took me a few months before I could replace it. I vowed to myself – as soon as I get a new computer I will spend the first month compiling gifs. Once I reach 100, I will email GIPHY and ask them if I could be a featured artist. I started making them mid Dec and last week I reached 97 – I had one more day to go to reach 100, then I would email them. But before I reached my goal, they emailed me! “We came across your Giphy channel and think your custom gifs are truly awesome! As a result, we went ahead and upgraded your account from “user” to “artist”. We love your work!” How rad is that??? Totally blown away! Just in the short time I have been doing them I have gotten a lot more followers, likes, & shares. And I have been featured several times on their front page! I guess in retrospect, I have always been a gif artist. My style lends itself better towards visual loops than actual stories. So, perhaps this is my calling? It certainly feels like it! Goal Reached! Woo! Anyhoo, the coolest thing about being a GIPHY Artist – is that they have a player looping all my gifs! The other day I had it playing while I was listening to music – it goes great as a visual accoutrement to any sound! So, put some tunes on and watch below! Or check out all the gifs here on my Giphy Channel! Yay! On to the next goal! oxo gd