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Toodles 2017!

Thought I would do a little year end round up on here, since I barely post anymore. I think I have mentioned this before, but the more technology moves in an intrusive manner – tracking us, recording our convos and spamming us with ads etc… – the less I want to share my life online. Hence – sporadic posting. That being said – what a horrid fucking year it’s been! I do believe Elon Musk is right and we are in a simulated matrix! It’s the only thing that makes sense! Everyone’s mind is poisoned with – I cant even say his fucking name! – twitler. It is a disease. The GOP are as Noam Chomsky says “the most dangerous organization/ terrorist groups on the planet!” I can never forgive my old friends and family that voted for this garbage. Praying for a flip in 18. Political rants aside – it was an amazing year for me personally!
The Apple thing was mental. Did not see it coming, and BOOM my animations were all over the world constantly for months in every country on the PLANET! Made a few coins too, so that was cool – app is still avail ere for iphone users! GET IT!
Then Facebook came calling at the exact same time! It was crazy! All of the sudden I was in demand to the biggest most powerful companies on Planet Earth! WTF? Literally fell into that whole sticker thing by accident, but what a good accident to fall into! I even got sticker fans from it – yes it’s true – I have sticker fans! There is such a thing – it is real!

My gifs became world famous – I’ve now passed 72 million views – and growing! More people than all of the UK have seen my GIFS!! That is INCREDIBLE! If there is one area I have achieved world domination, it’s me gifs!

I got to meet George Clinton & we swapped Cazals! The KING OF FUNK! WOWWWWWW! I’m not worthy Garth! Was like meeting God.
My Carson McCullers short I presented at the acedemic conference at John Cabot University in Rome was a HUGE HIT! And I have more exciting news about this project coming soon – yippie!
And travelling around Rome & Barcelona with Mamma was the best trip of my life! We had so much fun!
But my highlight of the year most definitely has been my show at The St Leonard Pub. When the idea came about, I thought “it’s just a local pub show, no big deal, I’m not going to put a whole lot into it, as no one will buy anything.” My goddess – how wrong was I! To be fair, I did make a bunch of new work right before the opening. So I did put alot into it. Funny, when I first hung it up in the day time, I thought “ugh, I hate it! Looks just like I moved my flat in here.” But when I came back at night, it was a totally different place! The work really popped! And wow! Did I do sales! I’m pretty much out of everything but giclees at the mo! In fact it’s still up – comes down Jan 10th. Nearly a 5 month run! Incredible!

And the pub have made my video installation and a lightbox permanent!!! And have invited me back again for next year! But more than the sales, which really have been off the charts, getting to know the owners Phil and Chris, and all the regulars and locals who come in, and who bought my work – that has been brilliant! Sometimes it can be hard when you are on your own, walking into a full pub where you don’t know anyone – it can be quite intimidating. There were a few times before were I walked in and walked out, just cos I was by myself and felt awkward and alone. But now – I know everyone! I’m even on a pub quiz team! Ha! So it’s really been life changing. This has made me really feel part of the community. And as I said at the beginning – with technology destroying us, invading us, and tearing us apart – now is the time to go into our communities and really connect, because the social network experiment is a disaster!

So all in all I was sittin pretty in 2017, a much needed improvement from the previous year!!! But I had to work my ass off and fight to get many of my rewards, nothing was handed to me & I’m still fighting. And, if I can be honest, it was hard to enjoy my small success’ when I have seen so much suffering, and I know so many people are suffering at the hands of the worlds political powers. All I can do is continue to work hard, bring as much colour and joy to people, and hopefully make a living in the process. Maybe one day I can do something to help those who so desperately need it. So, that is my yearly rant! If you reached this point – much appreciated. Now get off the computer and go hug a person or animal now! Lots of Love & all the best in 2018! oxo GD

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66 MILLION VIEWS & COUNTING!


Friends & Comrades! Back in June, I did a post marking my passing 10 Million Views on Giphy! Well in 5 months I’ve passed the 66 Million Mark! WHAT??? Amazing!! Inching closer to 100 Mill!!!

Now that Facebook & Twitter have integrated gifs in the post sections, it’s totally easy to access my Giphy library! You just type in – #grandedame – and voila! My work magically appears! Apart from 2 girls at the top, dunno what they’re doing there? I’ll speak to someone about it… Crazy though! 66 Million is more than all of the UK! So world domination is happening – aww – dreams do come true!

So grab a trippy gif from me by typing in – #grandedame – and impress your friends, and help me take over the world whilst doing it! Thanx! More soon! oxo GD

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Grande Dame GIF Comments for Twitter & Facebook!


As I continue my rise to world domination & sticker stardom, my GIFS are also gaining momentum! In fact my Interstellar Slaughter GIF has had over 10 million views! WOO!

In the past year Twitter has added a new gif button feature for posts & comments, and just recently Facebook added the same thing for comments and messenger as well. At first I just entered Grande Dame in the search, and all though many of my GIFS appeared, they were jumbled in between, Arianna Grande & Notre Dame football – ha! So, I spent 3 days last week going through all 204, tagging them with “#grandedame” and voila!

Above is an example of how to access my GIF library on Giphy. It’s that easy! Awesome! So no more boring reg type memes! All though, yes most of my gifs are arty animation loops from various works, you can use them for expressions as well!
This could be Werk, Slay, Fierce, Flawless, Diva, Relax, Chill etc…

This could be Party, Celebrate, Drunk, Sick, More Wine, Happy New Year, Birthday etc…

Yass Queen! Yes, Ok, Badass, Fierce, Gotcha, tough, etc…

As I mentioned, there are 204, so something for everyone! Make it what you want! At the end of the day, they are fun and colourful, and make you feel good, and we all need some color to make us feel better in these dark times. My small contribution. Just type – #grandedame – in the box and colorful, fun gifs galore! Enjoy! More soon! oxo GD

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Grande Dame in Paper Mag!

I recently did an interview for Paper Mag on my animation career and rise to Sticker Stardom – Ha! I am totally shocked by the response I have received from this endeavor – but hey – I will take it! World Domination continues – Woo!  Thanx again to imojiapp, Giphy Arts and Apple for this life changing opportunity – and to Paper Mag for featuring me! Click pic or here to read. More soon oxo GD

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Some Monkey Gifts!

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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

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Grande Dame Gifs In The GIF Festival!

Headlesschacha_00000 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

 

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I Give Good Gif!

giphypage1 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

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