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GET TO KNOW MATTHEW JOCELYN, CREATOR OF WOLF WAFFLES!
Hey dudes, Jillian here! I stumbled onto Matthew’s Wolf Waffles blog through the Tumblr Radar a while back and was instantly hooked. Look at them! They run! They jump! They ride horses and I love them! Through a little bit of magic and a self-awarded Masters in Lurking, I was able to track Matthew down and ask him some questions. Check out his answers, get to know him a little bit, and keep an eye out for his first ever Threadless submission!
Hey, Matthew. Tell us about yourself.
Well, I’m originally from California but I’ve been living in Brooklyn for the past 5 years. I work at a digital agency as a production designer and I’m the weirdo that makes the stuff on WolfWaffles.com.
How did these animations come to be? What inspired them?
I’d been trying to turn my characters into a comic book or a cartoon, but it turns out that stuff is hard! Then one day I fell into a Tumblr hole. After a few hours of staring at GIFs I thought, “Hey, I’ll make one of those thingies.”
Do you consider yourself an “artist”?
No way! I think of myself as someone who knows Photoshop and has internet access. Sometimes right after I post a new GIF I think, “Well, I’ve done my part to make the internet more bottomless.” Which, now that I think of it, seems like some weird kind of performance art. Maybe I’ll change my answer to yes?
Is this your “art” or do you make other “art” too?
I think the stuff I make is pretty much like a good fart joke. It takes a tiny bit of skill and creativity but in the grand scheme of things it probably wouldn’t be considered art. Plus, I don’t know if MOMA would ever show a GIF of a puking cyclops…
Do you have any favorite artists, makers, or doers?
Oh that’s hard question… I want to say OutKast but I also want to say Bill Murray. There’s also this homeless guy I see on the subway that plays Rolling Stones songs on a banjo. He seems pretty cool.
What do you do when you’re not making funny little animations?
Well, Grand Theft Auto V just came out so that’s gonna be my life now.
If the creatures in your GIFs could talk, what would they say?
They would probably jump out from behind a dumpster and say, “Gimme all your money and maple syrup.” Then they would give you a hug, whisper an insult in your ear and scamper off into the night.
What is a question that you always wished someone would ask you so you could answer it? What’s the answer to that question?
Q: Would you like some ice cream? A: Yes, please.
Any parting words?
Nope! This was fun. Thank you!
THREADLESS TEETORIALS: SIMPLE ANIMATED GIFS
Teetorials are tips and tricks for adding those special touches to your designs. They’re brought to you by our very own Threadless staff designers, Alex, Jillian & Speedy Joe. Check out Jillian’s Teetorial on creating GIFs in Photoshop.
Animated GIFs! If you have a video you want to turn into a simple gif, there are plenty of links online to upload and generate a GIF pretty quickly. However, if you’re the doodlin’ type and want to make your own gif, here’s how to do it in Photoshop.
Threadless Teetorial - Animated Gif from Threadless.com on Vimeo
1.) Have your files and layers prepared. I drew/assembled each frame like I would a flipbook and prepared them on separate (transparent) layers. The bottom layer, which won’t change, is just that green background.
I’ve arranged my layers in the order that I need them (when I want to turn them on and off). You don’thave to do that but you’re going to be hella confused if you don’t.
2.) Go to Window > Timeline. Click “Create Frame Animation”.
3.) Turn on the first layer you want to see. As I mentioned before, I am leaving the green layer at the bottom ON throughout so that you always see it. The transparent layers on top of it are going to toggle on/off.
4.) Create a new timeline frame by clicking that little paper icon. This icon duplicates your previous layer, which is why you will want to turn that layer off in the next step.
5.) Turn off the layer you want to hide, and turn on the next one. Easy.
6.) Create another new timeline frame, hide that previous layer that duplicated and turn on the next one that you want to see.
7.) Keep doing that with all of the layers until you’ve reached the end of your timeline.
8.) PRESS PLAY and check it out.
There are a number of extra things you can control in the Timeline panel, like frame delay (speed) and looping. If you want it to loop forever and ever, change the looping setting from “Once” to “Forever”. You can edit the delay of each individual frame by clicking on the number at the bottom of it (choose an option or enter your own), or select all of the frames at once (like I did in the video) and edit all of them. I have mine set to a .2 second delay. Keep hitting play/stop until you’re like, “AWE, YEA THIS LOOKS GOOOOOOD.”
9.) Once you’re happy with everything, go to File > Save for Web and save as a GIF.
10.) Post it in this comment section.
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