Artist Spotlight on Jeremy Sengly
What GIF best describes how you are currently feeling?
When did you start making GIFs? What was the first GIF you made?
About three years ago. I’ve always loved animation and GIFs seemed like a fun place to start. Here’s the first GIF I ever made:
Do you have any background in artistic training/schooling?
I went to the University of Minnesota for Graphic Design and then picked up animation on my own while I was working at this shop PUNY. I was super fortunate to work with some amazing animators that helped me along the way. Shout out to Mike Owens, Eyo Peters, Victor Courtright, and Nick Bachman.)
We love the funny content you make for FOX ADHD! What’s your favorite part of working on ADHD?
Thanks! I work in the GIF department which is a new thing at ADHD. It’s been around for about a year now. We’re a super small team of artists that create topical gifs about the news and other more experimental content. They get posted throughout the day on http://foxadhd.tumblr.com
My favorite part about working at ADHD is the process. In the GIF department we brainstorm ideas together, but ultimately each gif is made by one person. Each GIF maker designs, writes, boards, and animates the entire thing. It creates a sense of authorship that’s hard to find in a professional setting. Trying to be responsive to news creates a fast pace that I personally really like. Cranking out finished work everyday forces me to experiment and cultivate my own voice. I’m also lucky to work with a bunch of really rad genuine homies =\:^)
Annnnndddd work on other projects like music videos and directing my own shorts.
So yeah I guess by favorite I thought you meant “everything you like.”
What attracts you to the GIF format?
I really love working with its inherent restriciions. GIFs can only be a 1mb to upload onto tumblr, so it makes you make tradeoffs between super intensely animating something or spending a lot of time illustrating it. It’s fun for me to work in those restrictions and take advantage of places where GIFs are unique, like looping. There’s this awesome thing that happens when you get a loop to work right, it gets super hypnotic to watch, and I’m way into that.
Do you have a favorite subject you like to illustrate?
I always catch myself drawing extremely happy faces and people standing awkwardly, but lately I’ve been doodling a lot of jack-o’-lanterns, goopy monsters, and Cat-Eyed boys.
Who are a few of your favorite artists?
Milton Glaser, Juan Miro, Geoff McFetridge, Sally Cruikshank, Seripop, Gary Panter, Kazuo Umezu, Rockwell Kent, and Stuart Davis
Current favorite GIF?
Any other fun projects you are currently working on and can share with us?
A series of prints about not making work, a new zine (Jeremy Sengly’s Greatest Hits Vol.6) and some super secret deep cover stuff for ADHD ;^) Also a new short I will be collaborating on with my dear-sweet-home-dawg-bros Victor Courtright and Nick Bachman. It’ll be premiering this November at Animation Breakdown FreeForm Fest in LA.
Want more? Check out more GIFs by Jeremy Sengly on his Giphy page!