[ Retro GIF of the Week ] The Feminine Eye

December 10th, 2012 by Benj Edwards

Eye Retro GIF - circa late 1980sClick to see other views of this image: [ Original Size ] [ 2X Zoom ] [ 3X Zoom ]

This eye is more than meets the eye. You probably can’t see it at this size, but click on the “3X Zoom” link above and you might notice a face and what might be a shoulder (or a six-fingered hand) reflected in the pupil of the eyeball. Neat detail.

Unlike many GIFs that circulated back in the day, this one is signed — twice, in fact. In the upper left, we see a small box containing stylized letters spelling “The Mage.” In the lower right, we see “A.H.”

I’ve seen other GIFs with the same resolution and color depth signed “A.H.”, so I assume that is the artist. “The Mage” might have been the name of a BBS that happened to tag the image, or perhaps is was simply an alias of A.H.

When combined with its 320 x 200 dimensions, its odd 5-bit / 32-color color depth reveals that this image was created on an Amiga. That means it is likely that it did not originate as a GIF file, and that it could be older than the 1992 file date. But until I find an older source of the image, I won’t know for sure.

Retro GIF of the Week Fact Box
Source File Name: EYE2.GIF
Source File Date: August 6, 1992
Source File Format: GIF – 87a (non-interlaced)
Dimensions: 320 x 200 pixels
Color Depth: 5-bit (32 color) (Amiga OCS)
Origin Platform: Amiga
Derived From: Unknown
Creation Date: Unknown
Artist: Avril Harrison (Updated 12/11/2012)
If you know more about the origin of this image, please leave a comment.

9 Responses to “[ Retro GIF of the Week ] The Feminine Eye”

  1. Jim Leonard Says:

    I’m pretty sure this is from an Amiga demo. I’ll poke around.

  2. Blake Patterson Says:

    A.H. is Avril Harrison, a noted video game artist who created most of the pack-in sample art for EA’s Deluxe Paint for Amiga.

    Quick DPaint image search:

    He created artwork for a number of games, apparently including the Monkey Island series. A discussion here tells more:

  3. Benj Edwards Says:

    Awesome, Blake! Somehow I thought you’d know who he she was. I seem to recall you identifying some vintage Christmas art a few years ago too.

  4. Blake Patterson Says:

    The most famous single image of A.H.’s digital career has to be the then-impossibly perfect looking Deluxe Paint King Tut.


  5. â–“â–’â–‘ TORLEY â–‘â–’â–“ Says:

    Insightful posts and comments like these are precisely why I ♥ this blog! I am experiencing major Amiga flashbacks right now. I’ll always fondly remember learning about 4096 colors in HAM mode for Deluxe Paint!

    I didn’t know who Avril Harrison was before despite having seen a lot of his work in my tender years… now to pursue some more! 😀

  6. â–“â–’â–‘ TORLEY â–‘â–’â–“ Says:

    Thru Blake’s link I learned that Avril Harrison is female, and found more of her creations in this well-organized (in theme!) treasure trove of classic Amiga art: http://amiga.lychesis.net/

    Now my eyeballs are going to be glued here for the next stretch of hours.

  7. Benj Edwards Says:

    I guess that makes sense, Torley, as Avril means “April” in French, and it is usually a female name — in the US at least.

    That King Tut image is amazing, Blake, and it is so famous from that Deluxe Paint cover that I wasn’t going to touch it (even though I do have it as a GIF file).

    It’s fun what we’ve been learning from this study of GIFs so far, isn’t it? More fun is definitely yet to come.

  8. Retrocosm Says:

    I spent many hours creating images on the 64 and Amiga. A lot of us used to post images on Compunet and I was thrilled at the age of 14 to be asked to do the loading screen for a motorcycling racing game, name of which escapes me.

    Unfortunately I’ve lost all of the 64 images I created, sigh. Last year I did find a couple of unfinished Amiga images I worked on with Deluxe Paint but that’s all I have left.


    Avril Harrison’s King Tut was the gold standard!

  9. Blake Patterson Says:

    Wow, did not know Avril was female. I guess that makes sense. (Ms. Lavigne, etc…)

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