Anna Cornell
Design / Media Teacher

Immortal Illustration

Project Published 12/9/15 Last updated on 5/16/18

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
Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking Problem Solving and Decision Making

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!