We love the work created by Rebecca Mock. Check out her article in Adobe Create Magazine
MOVING PICTURES: REBECCA MOCK HAS TURNED GIFS INTO AN ART FORM
As you scroll through Rebecca Mock’s website, the motion in some of her animated GIFs is immediately apparent—like the darkened Italian villa shaking with the first tremors of an earthquake. Others contain subtler movements that you might overlook at first glance—like the flick of a dog’s tail, a cat’s paw emerging from a gift box, or a bit of steam wafting out of a teapot. But as soon as you notice motion in a few illustrations, you start looking for it everywhere.
Not that you’ll always find it: “Sometimes people will look at my portfolio, see a few pieces, and then say, ‘Wait a minute, this one isn’t a GIF!’ says Mock. “And they get a little mad at me, because they’ve been staring at it for a while. I love the opportunity to create that sort of mystery, that challenge, where you have to sit and wait to see if there’s an element that’s animated.”
Mock knew she wanted to pursue a creative career before she’d even left elementary school, so she enrolled in an arts-intensive middle school when she was 11 years old. She attended Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and then moved to Brooklyn in 2011, for a six-month freelance gig at Rockstar games. There, she illustrated backgrounds featured in Max Payne, Grand Theft Auto, and other series while learning the finer points of Adobe Photoshop—a tool that, up to that point, she’d used only to color in her sketches, similar to many of her heroes in the world of manga and anime.