Rafael Araujo is a Brazilian Motion Designer & Graphic Artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Gif lover, he keeps his stuff in 2d, where you can see some cel animations, dissolve brushes, flat colors and also some mysterious characters.
Eyes, hands and some mystical power always keeps my attention, they are expressive elements and I can use them to tell a short story using few frames.
“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”
― Terry Pratchett
What is your source of inspiration for your work?
In a sort of way, I get inspired by some momentary emotion, if I’m happy or sad usually I have some idea for a Gif for example.
Being more concrete I have multiple inspirations in different fields, as an animator, I think movies, animes and some games are pretty strong references, I love the Miyazaki movies, also some other gems like, Tekkonkinkreet, Paprika and Mind game, they are one my top favorite movies!
Some games like Dark Souls or Zelda they have a great character design and beautiful environments, which inspires me.
There’s a lot of artists too, the list is huge, from Alphonse Mucha to Banksy for example.
What kind of technology, technical or software do you use?
I used to draw more using only pencil and paper, I tried watercolor and Nanquim (ink) too, but now I just use digital tools, Photoshop and After Effects, they are the perfect combination for me, In PS I use brushes from Kyle T Webster and AE is the best software for motion designers.
Why can your work be a source of inspiration for others?
Hum..hard question 😆 … I try to create interesting characters and shapes in my work, but the timing of the animation is the most important for me, so I do tons of gifs in a loop, with some snappy and smart keyframes, and this gets the attention, people like to watch and feel the mood.