Long gone are the days when GIFs were short, silly animations covering the pages of Tumblr.聽These simple moving images are now beginning to transform from a quick internet laugh to a lasting form of artistic expression. Everyone from illustrators to videographers is creating stop-motion聽video clips and even聽full-blown animation in this short and sweet file format.聽Take a look at these five GIPHY artists who are turning GIFs into an eye-catching art form, and start following this new school of Internet artists asap!

1.聽Julian Glander: Glander鈥檚 GIFs look bright and maybe a little silly at first. But after a closer look most of them seem to have an underlying message about our culture and the media-crazed society we鈥檙e living in. In an interview he tells GIPHY, 鈥淚 don鈥檛 set out to make 鈥榝unny鈥 or 鈥榞oofy鈥 work but if I make something that doesn鈥檛 amuse me it usually goes in the trash.鈥 We鈥檙e captivated by his mix of whimsical color and punk rock attitude.

2.聽Laur茅n Boglio: Boglio鈥檚 pieces are simple, moody and evoke a world where 鈥90s teen queen Daria would have fit right in. Most of her work is in black and white, and focused on quirky characters. She tells GIPHY her obsession with moving art probably began with the Harry Potter movies. 鈥淚 like the idea that you can have people living inside a frame like small human pets.鈥 From pom-pom waving cheerleaders to dancing cityscapes, Boglio creates a stylish world we kind of wish we could just jump into.

3.聽Chromasy (AKA Benjamin Charles): So long, Earth! We鈥檙e trading you in for this psychedelic world of rainbow arches and trippy neon lights. If you felt Boglio鈥檚 images were lacking in color, Chromasy鈥檚 creations will more than make up the difference. His work is intriguing, mysterious and kind of reminds us of a Tron-like universe.

4.聽The Barkers: Chicago-based husband and wife Chris and Kristen are the dynamic duo behind this inventive GIF brand. The Barkers tell GIPHY, 鈥淲e started making GIFs to show clips of longform videos we were creating for review. Then it kinda just snowballed. We got hooked and started playing with all of the different ways you can make a GIF.鈥 The Barkers use both video and still photos to create different effects, all of which are utterly captivating + super stylish.

5.聽Maori Sakai: If you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, take a peek at Sakai鈥檚 sweet GIFs for an instant mood booster. Her charming, imperfect sketches feel less like a tech-enhanced image and more like you鈥檙e getting a sneaky look inside someone鈥檚 magical, animated diary. From falling leaves to dancing coffee machines, her images will have you immediately transfixed and swooning.

Do you love any GIF artists we should know about? Share a link to their work below!