Anna Cornell
Design / Media Teacher

Immortal Illustration

Project Published 12/9/15 Last updated on 2/28/20

Using illustration and animation techniques in Adobe Photoshop, students are to create an

animated gif self-portraiture project. Students are tasked to create a monochromatic looped gif animation that encapsulates them through their drawing skills. Students will be experimenting with the concept of simplified movement and will create this through layering and repetition.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

Age Levels
ISTE Standards
Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Knowledge Constructor

Adobe Photoshop

Access to camera equipment (to take self portrait narrative)

Computer Lab

Projection screen (to demo for students)

CC License
Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
5 / 5 • 7 Ratings

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Brenda Sywalski

Posted on 2/24/16 6:01:12 PM Permalink


Thank you for sharing! I love your brief; the layout and the content. I'm also impressed that you can get this done with your 9th grade students. The student GIF didn't animate; not sure if you set it up to do so.

Claudia Abate

Posted on 2/23/16 6:03:29 PM Permalink

This is such a great idea, I just wish I had a little more information to guide my students towards this end without having to reinvent.

Adam M

Posted on 1/6/16 11:29:14 PM Permalink

Great project idea! Thanks for sharing.

If you don't mind, how does your group activity/portrait photograph session go? Are students partnered up to photograph each other in a pose?

kerry johanson

Posted on 1/5/16 9:13:48 PM Permalink

This is basically a great project but the project brief artwork is UNUSABLE in most schools today. A person who aims a GUN at you and shoots? Any chance this could be altered?

Katie Stern

Posted on 1/5/16 5:56:20 PM Permalink

This will be great for my Computer Graphics class! Thanks so much!