We talked to artist Maori Sakai about her work as an artist, and about creating GIFs that start out as beautiful hand drawings. Check it out below! Also, be sure to check out Maori's blog and Facebook page!

When did you first start making GIFs? What was the first GIF you made?

The first GIF I made was this coffeemaker about one year ago:

What attracts you to the GIF format?

I think GIFs are very unique. I have fun figuring out how I can express feelings into something as seemingly small as a GIF that moves in a short loop.

We love the whimsical feel to your art! Where do you find inspiration?

Places, seasons, people, coffee and chocolate. I think I get inspiration from my life.

What kind of a process do you go through to create your GIFs?

I draw the designs with a pencil on paper, and then scan it. I use Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Flash to animate and complete the GIF. My favorite part of the process is that I start out with a drawing, because I like the fusion of digital and analog.

Who are a few of your favorite artists?

Oamul Lu, Thoka Maer, Cindy Suen, Olivia Huynh, Julien Douvier, and Jen Mann, but there are many others!

What GIF best describes how you are currently feeling?

What is your favorite GIF?

I have too many favorite GIFs, but I'll list a few; I love cute animal GIFs so much! I look at them whenever I have downtime:

Want to see more of Maori's work? Check out her Giphy artist page!