We Dare You to Look Away From These Mesmerizing Hand-Drawn GIFs

Hand-Drawn Animation Brings New Dimension to Nancy Liang's GIFs
Image Credit: Nancy Liang

The Internet loves GIFs, and so do we. But many of those bite-sized bits of animation are decidedly digital, created entirely in the computer. If you’re looking for something a bit more hand-crafted, check out the animations of Nancy Liang.

The Sydney-based illustrator works with animated GIFs that eschew digital tools in favor of more traditional techniques. In fact, everything in Liang’s animations starts as a physical element. The artist primarily uses paper cut-outs and pencil drawings to create her imaginative scenes, which she then scans into Photoshop to animate.

Hand-Drawn Animation Brings New Dimension to Nancy Liang's GIFs
Image Credit: Nancy Liang

Much of Liang’s work focuses on landscapes, city streets and suburban locales. The picture book feel of her animations gives the scenes a dream-like quality, begging us to explore these familiar settings. The occasional touch of more fantastic elements like a giant butterfly makes her work even more interesting. We could watch these animations all day.

Hand-Drawn Animation Brings New Dimension to Nancy Liang's GIFs
Image Credit: Nancy Liang

Liang’s GIF animations are seriously awesome. We’d love to see them in longer chunks, but for now we’re content with these short bites of animated excellence. If you’re hungry for more of these mesmerizing animations (and why wouldn’t you be?) make sure to visit Nancy Liang’s Tumblr. We look forward to seeing what sorts of amazing scenes the artist will create next.

Hand-Drawn Animation Brings New Dimension to Nancy Liang's GIFs
Image Credit: Nancy Liang
Hand-Drawn Animation Brings New Dimension to Nancy Liang's GIFs
Image Credit: Nancy Liang