When you think of the word “illustration” your mind conjures up a flat still life drawing or it may even give movement to that image in the form of an animation. Historically animations have been created by creating series of images by hand and then ordering them in such a manner that when the images are shown in succession at high speeds they create a moving picture. Technology has advanced significantly since the days of Émile Cohl’s first animated motion pictures but there is still a uniquely complicated method for creating animations. However a new project from Autodesk Research is re-imagining the way the world animation works by bring illustrations to life with kinetic textures with Draco. At first glance the image below appears to be your typical run of the mill gif, however, it is anything but.