Woodblock printing has been a traditional Japanese artform for literally hundreds of years. And while upholding tradition is great, it’s also nice to innovate along the way. Thankfully one artist is bringing a whole new take on these old school works, and doing a killer job.
These animated GIFs are created by Japanese artist Segawa thirty-seven, and bring some modern flair to traditional Japanese woodblock prints. His animations, created in Adobe AfterEffects and Photoshop, brings some welcome change to these centuries-old works, highlighting their artistry for a whole new generation of fans.
Some of the artist’s works are natural extensions of the original pieces, adding in crashing waves or a shifting moon from elements in the original print. Others add modern elements like a bullet train or Segway to the original work. Segawa thirty-seven’s playful mix of old and new definitely elevates his work above the standard memes that make up most of the Internet’s GIFs.
Keep up with the latest from this talented artist by following Segawa thirty-seven on Twitter. Looking for more awesome GIF art? Check out some beautiful hand-drawn GIFs here.