spellbinding series of animated gifs seemingly suck you into your screen
spellbinding series of animated gifs seemingly suck you into your screen
sep 23, 2016

spellbinding series of animated gifs seemingly suck you into your screen


two artists — one painter and one animator — have collaborated on a series of digital gif works that seem to suck viewers into their computer screens. colorful and vibrant illustrations by james r. eads have been brought to life chris mcdaniel, known as ‘the glitch.’ these looped sequences see van gogh-like strokes swirl and coil into seemingly living, breathing compositions, expressing vivid motifs soured from the sky, stars, universe and beyond.

art by james r. eads, motion by the glitch



the collaboration between james r. eads and the glitch sees static paintings brought to life, digitally morphing into hypnotizing on-screen graphics. endlessly looping in a continual cycle, the colorful compositions seem like portals to a fictional and fantasy-inducing universe.


‘I think what made this collaboration so powerful is at the core of why we both create — we use the process of creation as a form of meditation,’ eads tells the creators project in an interview. ‘it’s a place of refuge where we can breathe and take in the world and in return give back some peace.’

art by james r. eads, motion by the glitch

art by james r. eads, motion by the glitch

art by james r. eads, motion by the glitch

art by james r. eads, motion by the glitch

  • How does something like this get created? What programs are being used. So very interested in this.

    Ben says:

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