After making my own self portrait gif I realised that I needed to create a stronger image that really showed off my skills. I looked at the artist Petra Švajger for inspiration, she is an artist who created several series of self portrait Gifs.

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‘Nyctophobia’

The series is called ANXIETY SELF PORTRAIT/Gifs that explore all of her fears which are portrayed through whimsical animations. She wanted to avoid making her anxiety seem morbid and instead showing how silly they are.

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Flixel Cinemagraphs

She has also made a series of cinemagraphs which are gifs that contain very little movement to trick the viewer to thinking it is a still photo. Although this is a very effective style I feel that this is not a technique that I will explore in detail as my work is based on animation rather than cinematography.

I really like her style of drawing, it is full of detail and character, it is the sort of style that I am aiming with my animations. All of her work has a deeper meaning that is personal to her making the self portrait have greater depth which connects the viewer. To progress my Gifs further I need to maybe have less frames but make sure my digital drawing is full of detail and character that can be seen in Petra Švajger’s work, making sure I really represent myself with my final Gif.

Animated-self-portrait

The next step for me is to remake the previous Gif and improving the quality of it, I will start by taking a better photo of myself and then work animations on top of the photo.

You can check out more of Petra Švajger’s work by clicking here.

FWP

References:

Švajger, P., 2013. https://www.behance.net/petra_svajger

Featured Image – Švajger, P., 2015. “Thalassophobia”, https://www.behance.net/gallery/22834199/ANXIETY-SELF-PORTRAIT-GIFs

Švajger, P., 2015. “Nyctophobia”, https://www.behance.net/gallery/22834199/ANXIETY-SELF-PORTRAIT-GIFs

Švajger, P., 2015. “Flixel Cinemagraphs”, https://www.behance.net/gallery/23115989/FLIXEL-CINEMAGRAPHs-GIFs

Švajger, P., 2015. “Weird Flu” ,  https://www.behance.net/gallery/27324195/WEIRD-FLU-GIFs

Švajger, P., 2015. “Cynophobia” , https://www.behance.net/gallery/22834199/ANXIETY-SELF-PORTRAIT-GIFs

Švajger, P., 2016. “Rem Sleep” , https://www.behance.net/gallery/32760095/PARASOMNIAs-GIFs-CINEMAGRAPHs

Švajger, P., 2016. “Sleep Paralysis” , https://www.behance.net/gallery/32760095/PARASOMNIAs-GIFs-CINEMAGRAPHs

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