About the Artist
Michael Godfrey has been a professional artist for over 25 years. He’s been heavily involved with all forms of media and software. With over 18 years of experience in architectural marketing and design, he was heavily involved with 3d modeling and animation. In addition to that, he transitioned with the rest of the world from print media to digital to the web. He has spent the last 8 years doing graphic design, video editing and design, 3d modeling and rigging, and large scale website design. Throughout all of this, he’s been constantly active with Photoshop and Illustrator. This makes little projects like animated gifs fun little distractions from big project grind.
“My goal was to generate quality gifs that could double as custom holiday greetings. This type of greeting works perfectly with the NFT framework. It is artwork that can easily be tracked back to its owner.
I started with a small handful of pictures of Brittany posing in holiday finery. Since they were still frames and not video, I decided to try and create cute animated pinup art. I wanted something similar to 50s pinup art, but with movement. When I didn’t have a similar second angle of Brittany to transition to, I used puppet warp to slightly tilt her head or straighten an arm. The goal was to have multiple stepping transitions in a limited number of frames.
Gifs have long been an extremely popular web format. Without video, they are basically timed slides on a loop. The other option was still frame art, but I wanted to tell tiny little holiday stories.
To dress up the pics, I implemented common holiday items. Gift boxes, wreaths, candy canes and more allowed for me to play with depth. Brittany could emerge from a box or sit comfortably in a wreath. To add more depth, I added holiday cheer text. I wanted something light and playful, so I chose whimsical fonts with 3d effects. I think I managed to keep them sexy and playfully tasteful at the same time. They manage to be just naughty enough to tease those holiday desires without being offensive to delicate observers.”