Found A New Trend On Instagram: Motion Portrait

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Alessandro Pautasso FoundSomePaper


I hang out on Instagram a lot. I wanted to talk a little bit about my Instagram account but then I decided to talk about Motion Portrait which I’ve seen a lot on Instagram lately. I quite like it. It’s a bit spooky but at the same time it’s very fascinating.

Motion Portrait is an app you can bring your illustrations to life with. I think originally it was meant for photos but very soon illustrators figured out it works perfectly with their illustrated portraits. So whenever I’m scrolling through my Instagram feed I can see all these amazing moving paintings. Just imagine you painted or drew a portrait and then you actually see what this “person” looks like alive. The head moves around, the eyes open and close and sometimes you can even see a smile. Below are a few examples. Make sure you click play since videos don’t show on my blog automatically.

Even Alessandro Pautasso, who I featured as one of the first artists on my blog, tried this app with his digital portraits and called it ‘creepy’. Because the portraits really come to life and they were meant to be still forever. Have a look at the awesome examples below. If you try out the app leave a link in the comments so I can check it out.

What do you think?




Creepy App! #motionportrait 🙂

A video posted by Alessandro Pautasso (@kaneda99) on

Test motion with better image #motionportrait

A video posted by Ilham Arief Pratama (@ilhamarpr) on





  • AlbaLnz α

    Oh, wow. That is awesome. Thanks for sharing it

    • Uli

      Yeah yeah yeah! You should try it 🙂 x


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