Beginning as a child, graphic designer Matthias Brown has always enjoyed tracing things.
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“When we took standardized tests in middle school, we weren’t allowed to have anything other than a book to read in the time between when we finished and when testing was complete,” says Brown. “I used my book to draw flipbooks of stick figures and shapes.
Employing a technique known as rotoscoping in which film footage is traced over frame-by-frame, Brown creates mesmerizing looped animated GIFs. By using this technique, invented by legendary animator Max Fleischer in 1915, Brown combines old and new to produce what he calls TraceLoops.