Graffiti artist INSA painstakingly hand paints and then animates his street art in a process he calls “Gif-iti.” Most of these works are collaborations and the details can be found on INSA’s Tumblr. See more of his great work below:
Insa’s latest GIF-iti piece in Paris was created by hand-painting each frame. Eight layers and 72 total skulls were painted to create the stop-motion animated piece you see here. See more process photos on Hi-Fructose.
INSA, known for his “GIF-ITI” (Street art and murals he paints, photographs, repaints, etcetera and then animates), just completed the world’s largest animated GIF. So large, in fact, that it had to be photographed from space by a satellite. The large-scale mural was painted in teams of 20 painters over 4 days and covered 154,774 square feet.
Check out the GIF-ITI and an epic video documenting the process below:
The term GIF-ITI was coined by artist INSA when he started creating
his unique animated paintings; street art that paradoxically is only
viewable online. Playing with the idea of creating art to be viewed in
the hyperreal domain, GIF-ITI is made via a laborious physical process
involving numerous layers of painting and meticulous planning. Starting
where most artwork ends, GIF-ITI entails photographing each layer the
artist paints by hand. These images are then uploaded and overlaid to
create the final piece, a looping GIF file which comes to live when
released to global audiences online. Describe as: “…slices of infinite
un-reality, cutting edge art for the tumblr generation."Now this GIF-ITI app enables audiences the chance to experience the GIF-ITI in real life!!
treet artist INSA paints graffiti murals that he then turns into gifs – called “gif-itis” – by photographing multiple frames of a mural he paints several times, then combining the successive images to create animated gifs. Animating these street murals allows for a viewer to engage with the street artist’s work without leaving their home. The murals exist in the real world as a static image, but when combined with technology, they become a moving image only accessible in the virtual world.
In 2013, INSA traveled to Kubuneh Village in Gambia to paint murals on local structures for the Wide Open Walls Project. He completed his most recent piece (the revolving skulls and hearts at the beginning of this post) a few weeks ago after spending 2 days painting 8 layers of the mural.
You can watch a video of the making of one of his gif murals here.