Category: Illustration

Art

Chinese folk art created on Apple devices now available for free download

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, Apple has posted (in select regions) digital artwork depicting Chinese New Year traditions. The folk art has a modern twist to it, and each piece boasts of bold and bright colors. Each one can be downloaded for free for iPads, iPhones, and Mac computers. The tech giant has commissioned five local artists to create the special project, including Victo Ngai who created Lucky Rooster with the Apple Pencil and Procreate on iPad Pro, editing her work on a MacBook pro for finishing touches. Eszter Chen created Joyful Reunions using Photoshop and Illustrator on iMac and MacBook Pro. The rest of the series were made using Photoshop and Illustrator: Zhou Fan's Rich Harvest, Ye Hongxing's Peaceful Home, and Jiang Shan's Fortune Flows. You can download the free Chinese New Year-themed wallpapers on your Apple device, or learn more about the art series on Apple's official post. ...
Art

These terrifying doglike creatures are pure nightmare fuel

Kiss all your favorite dog art goodbye because it's about to be replaced by these terrifying illustrations by Holly Lucero. The 20-year-old art student from Riverside City College, California, has rendered a series of wild dog-like creatures featuring abnormal foliage growths. The series is called Gross Dog Art and it's living up to its name. Some of the creatures have entire forests growing on their bodies whereas, in other pieces, nature acts as a villainous parasite, consuming the otherworldly dogs alive. Check out some of her illustrations below and if you're interested in prints, head on over to INPRNT. ...
Art

Check out these crazy (good) Santa fan art pieces that shine a new light on Saint Nicholas

Santa Claus is one of the most iconic symbols of the Christmas spirit. Dads and grandpas even dress up like him to spread the holiday cheer to kids and families. So it'll come as a (pleasant) surprise to see these rather unconventional depictions of Santa from various artists across the web. From ass-kicking Santa to sexy to rockstar, there's one for every picture you may ever have in mind. The first piece is from James Wolf Strehle, a truly gifted digital artist from the United States. He depicts Santa as an ogre-zombie hybrid slayer, for some reason. We love it! The second one is rather unfit to show to kids, as it may drastically change their views about the beloved Father Christmas. It is from Veli Nyström, an artist from Finland who is very good at digital drawings and illustration. Next, we have a rather steampunk-esque Santa, courtesy of Israel A. Carrion, a gifted artist from Spain. We also see some crossovers - the first comes in the form of the new Star Wars cast...
Art

American artist creates delicate flower and geometric sketches, the result is truly inventive

Flory Huang is an American artist who relocated to Vancouver recently, carrying some of her best art along. Her works include awe-inspiring sketches of flowers mixed up with various geometric shapes, where the canvas are different bodies. You can definitely see a flair of inventiveness right away. Huang admits that she thrives the most when she is looking for new, strong ways of expressing her ideas. In this process, she is able to inspire other people and help them with their needs. In fact, she is not just an artist. She is also a coach and consultant, and does work for corporate firms and companies requiring visual design. She works with visual art, branding, strategy, design, content creation, coaching, leadership, user experience, project management, and even sales! Talk about a one-woman machine! See more of her on social media (Tumblr and Instagram). ...
Architecture

Unique cover art by legend M.C. Escher for most beloved classic books

M.C. Escher is one of the rare left brain-inclined artists of all time. Even long after his passing, his works continue to grace the cover of books, magazines, nonfictions, and even albums. For this reason, many publishers use his art for books that they think can be marketed towards the more "logical" of the reading audience, since the artist spent half of his career in mathematics and the other half in art. His pieces depict possibly unseen worlds through his lithographs, mezzotints, and woodcuts - using concepts from math to reflect "infinity" in ways no other artist has been able to. He made the viewer think and ponder, not just appreciate aesthetic. This Dutch artist has been published in who knows how many nonfiction publications, fantasy and sci-fi magazines, and of course, has had his work used as cover art for the most renowned books of our time. These include one edition of Edwin Abbott's Flatland, Clive Barker’s The Damnation Game, and George Orwell’s 1984...
Animation

Abrams releases ‘The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ after the film’s success

"The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is yet another addition to the roster of art books published by Abrams Books. It will chronicle the visual art of the film and story's creation. We will see how they conceptualized and developed these new worlds, vehicles, weaponry, and characters. Rogue One is the very first movie in the Star Wars series, timeline-wise. So fans will absolutely appreciate learning more about it behind the big screen. It will come in a similar format as the previous book, "The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Fans will enjoy the same unlimited access to hundreds of sketches, initial storyboards, concept paintings, matte paintings, and designs for characters, vehicles, and costumes. This book shall become the ultimate guide for the ultimate fans to the imagination and art behind this latest chapter in the global franchise. It was created and developed by Josh Kushins (author), Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont (co-production designers),...
Art

Lui Ferreyra’s colorful portraits defined by striking geometry

Putting a whole new shine on the art of portraiture, Lui Ferreyra uses polygonal and circular shapes to add depth to colorful works. Hands and faces are glamorously captured by Ferreyra in a series of portraits that aims to explore the connection between seeing and speaking. Every inch of the portraits is defined geometric edges and shapes that clearly differentiate the various parts of the subject. The artists writes, "The first move is substantiated by a geometric matrix which functions as surface: it embraces and emphasizes the aspect of flatness within a complex network of geometric shapes, each unique unto itself," and poetically adds, "Surface and window, at and through, like language which points both at the world and back at itself." Check out some of Ferreyra's works below and find more on Instagram and Facebook. ...
Art

Art collective critiques popular culture and branding in humorous images

Brainded India, an independent wing of Brainded International, is a fast-growing movement that aims to become a source of independent thought. In a world that relies on branded mainstream's agenda-driven waves of thought, it strives to get its message across. We live in a society where there is no subversiveness or subculture, Brainded becomes an opportunity to take a step back, pause for a while, and ask the real questions about our world. The movement uses humor and visuals to promote free thought, and encourage people to make informed comments on absolutely anything that goes on in our society today. With the clever use of art, comics, and even essays and stories, the contributors and artists go past the trends and look beyond the hidden agendas that mainstream brands and companies attempt to brainwash humanity with. This is a collaboration - a community - of artists from all over the world. The nomadic initiative began in 2003, in Amsterdam. Today, it also includes...
Art

Post-election anxiety finds its way through art

Art Week Miami is one of the biggest art events every year. In fact, over 70,000 fans, critics, and artists attend the celebration to get some inspiration and marvel at the year's best. 2016 is a lot like the previous years, but there has been an overwhelming sense of consolation, as well. The past election has caused much anxiety to many people, and in more than a few ways, people feel saddened because of the issues it has raised: gun violence, terrorism, immigration, national security, discrimination, and sexual abuse. These things trigger some bad memories in most people, especially with those who are personally affected by them. So it was not a big surprise to see a common theme in this year's Art Week. Sam Durant was one of the biggest exhibitors from the Blum and Poe booth. His screaming art was aptly entitled End White Supremacy. Although it was an old piece (2008), the recent elections surely gave it meaning in a new light. Aside from Durant, many other artists also exhibited...
Art

An altar of self-professed ‘junk’ becomes a source of introspective art

It is always said that art depends on the eyes of its viewer. With that being true, many will disagree on what constitutes art - and what is merely trash. However, a lot of fans and critics have come together to behold Huffer Collective's recent work: a towering pyramid of various knick-knacks. It is comprised of random things, from detritus lights to bootleg videotapes to ribbons to Star Wars figurines to photos of known personalities (hello, President Bush!) and a whole lot more. The piece contains an altar-like installment at the center, titled Save Your Selves. While the artwork is amazing seen as one whole body, many find it equally awesome to try and process each nook and cranny that makes it up. This artful heap of 'trash' - which goes all the way up to the ceiling - is now available for viewing at Locust Projects. ...
Art

Tarot cards interpreted in three dimensions

Autumn Casey's latest work invites viewers into an unusual way of seeing tarot cards: in three-dimensional form. The exhibit, which is now being shown at Primary Projects, is entitled Balancing Infinity, While Hanging Upside Down. Watching Lovers Fall from Grace, Underneath the Ground. This exhibit is a mix of collage work, sculpture, and poetry from the artist. Tarot reading and interpretation is basically about life stages. How do we move through life? How does life transform over time? It is also about its balance - and Casey shows this well through her art form. Her sculptures are large in scale but are positioned quite precariously. She also delves into memory and history in one of her video works. This exhibit contains 78 collages and a whole series of sculptures. Each piece can be seen as a standalone art form, but also in conjunction with each other as a full tarot deck. This exhibit was inspired by the Rider-Waite tarot deck.  ...
Art

Artist shares work on potential Harry Potter magazine cover

Abi Daniel, an artist based in Texas, is sharing some previews for her work that may end up in a "potential" and "future" Harry Potter magazine. Fans of the franchise will fall in love with these pieces - and not just because of the context (Expecto Patronum!) but also since they are just exquisite paintings. Daniel used watercolor on the pieces and was given the suggestion of adapting the particular scene (when Harry conjured a stag Patronus using the Time Turner). Incidentally, she had already been thinking of the same scene even before they suggested it to her - so she naturally got on board right away. She loves watercolor. However, she admits that she made a pre-paint composition prior to making sure there are no necessary paint-overs or take-backs during the process. You can see her works on Instagram. She also has her own website for her art. ...
Art

Cuban artist fills Havana with melancholic street art

If you want to see some haunting street art, then you better take a look at the old buildings of Havana, Cuba. An artist is filling the country's capital with amazing art. Yulier Rodriguez is a craftsman with his subject of choice being alien creatures. But these aren't your typical sci-fi baddies - they give out a certain air of melancholy. It's almost terrifying to a point. Because the city has a lot of abandoned buildings, Rodriguez took them as a blank canvas of sorts. This sort of derelict graffiti is common in nearby cities, but this is more novel to Havana. Rodriguez signs his artwork with "Yulier P." You'll find several alien-like work featuring gigantic heads and beamy eyes. The artist claims they are fables, or "souls" - suffering and wandering and wondering. Are they in pain? Are they contemplating over their life? Who's to say? It's up to the audience to create his own interpretation. One thing is for certain - they are definitely not too happy. See his work on Instagram...
Art

R.L. Stine to write five issues of Man-Thing comic books for Marvel

R.L. Stine is best known for his hit series, Goosebumps. For a while now, he has been teasing his fans that he will soon delve into comic book writing. With his impressive science fiction portfolio, it's surprising to learn that this will be his first comics project. It is now confirmed that he will be working with Marvel Comics. Apparently, the comic book giant has offered him a plethora of titles to work on, but the author had his eyes set on one particular character: Man-Thing. And this is not hard to understand why, given the genre of his previous works. The 73-year-old veteran author will work on a five-issue series. He says that his inspiration for the title will come from classic horror comics, such as Weird Terror and Tales from the Crypt. The 5-issue Man-Thing series will feature cover art by Tyler Crook and interior illustrations by Daniel Johnson and German Peralta. ...
Art

Artist Creates “Catalogue of Imaginary Beings”, Draws Inspiration from Magical Realism and Symbolism

Johanna Goodman is a collage artist and illustrator whose current series of work is entitled "The Catalogue of Imaginary Beings." The work is still in progress but can be seen on her website. The collection of pieces is a culmination of various inspirations, primarily Audubon's compendium of birds. Goodman strives to delve into different themes from popular culture while highlighting the individual in each piece. The person serves as the focal point and is presented in a way that showcases his or her role in different aspects of life, such as history, fashion, art, and what Goodman refers to as "collective consciousness." Elements of Symbolism, Magical Realism, and Surrealism are depicted in the series. Audiences can also take a hint of cultural artifacts including totems, idols, and talisman. The artist has received various awards in the past, including those given by The Society of Publican Design, Communication Arts and American Illustration. You can check...
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Teenage artist expands horizons to create beautiful hand-drawn animals

River Spirit 456 is a teenager artist who does a lot of digital art that is decidedly warrior/cats related. However, she has been expanding her drawing horizons and today I want to show you her work with pens and fine point markers on bristol paper. These detailed drawings have an unreal beauty and each one took anywhere from days to months to complete. This girl is devoted to her art and has a promising future if she keeps nurturing her it. To see her evolution as an artist DeviantArt, YouTube, Livestream, or support her on Patreon. ...
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Seeing the best of representative painting at Art Basel Miami Beach

Many detest the Art Basel events in Miami Beach, claiming them to be overly commercialized and expensive. Audiences who are able to see past that, however, might find that it is worth going on a trip for - especially if you're only ever concerned about the actual art. The show will feature the works of various artists from around the globe. These artists use all kinds of media, but painting seems to be among the more prevalent ones. To be precise, "representational painting" is a huge trend for this year's event. More than paintings, fans of film, art installations, sculptures, and even magazine collectors will find something interesting. The event is also a prime spot for critics and collectors from all around the world. Considered as the premier art fair in the US, the exhibit is expecting a total of 70,000 visitors this year. ...
Architecture

Before Google: the lost art of real estate maps

Remember when everything was much simpler? There was a time when we did not rely on technology or the internet. There was no Google to give us instant results for every single thing that we need. This included maps. These days, you can simply take your phone and type in a place and you'll get an instant map on your screen. It's impossible to get lost as long as you have cellular coverage. This is a nice moment to look back at the simplicity of the past. Even though it was a lot less convenient, it can't be helped to feel nostalgic and eerily proud of how talented manual labor is. Men and women actually drew maps using their bare hands. Just ink on paper. No fancy software and digital tools to help them out. Minneapolis is a great case in point. Its nice aerial views of buildings, streets, and highways are best appreciated when seen through these old school real estate maps. It's no bluff that these, in their own humble ways, are real pieces of art. ...
Design

‘The New Age of Ceramics’ book brings groundbreaking sculptures to all

There's no doubt that ceramics has solidified its place in the arts as a material of choice in the minds of creatives worldwide. Collating all of the amazing work done so far is definitely not an easy task. But this book from Gingko Press titled, The New Age of Ceramics, by Hannah Stouffer, is a start. The book collects over 180 photos of the works of nearly 40 artists raising the bar one ceramic piece at a time. It's interesting how we've covered some of these artists here on DesignFaves. The book release coincided with an exhibition at the Dave Frey Gallery. The book's author describes the allure of ceramics as a material saying, "The tangibility of the material is something I feel really drawn to, and feel there is a great importance in sharing that, as we stray further from this connection to traditional mediums and become more invested with technology." Check out some of the work featured in the compilation below. ...
Art

Illustrator combines birds and demonic things to create quirky works

Birds can be funny, right? That much is clear from artist Vorja Sánchez's latest illustrations. The Barcelona-based illustrator creates surreal paintings with all kinds of birds at the center of each piece. What sets his work apart are the subtle hints of hilarity peppered across the canvas.  The fact that the birds aren't normal at all adds to the humor - they're a cross somewhere between dinosaur and demons. Each piece is made using a variety of mediums from pen to watercolor. Check out some of his work below and find more of his artwork on Facebook and Instagram. ...
Architecture

Architect sketches iconic cities onto moon-sized spheres

Is it me or is this trend of making planet-shaped photos going viral? Amer TendToTravel is a London-based architect with an amusing ongoing series called, "Globes," in which the architect sketches iconic landmarks of popular cities into moon-sized spheres. It's like you're looking at them through a fish-eye lens. The skyscrapers range from cities like Paris, Hong Kong, and Melbourne. The use of focal points is wonderful here as your eyes travel from one building to the next, admiring the exquisite details put into each piece. Check out some of the globes below and find more his website and Instagram. ...
Animation

Duo creates imaginative illustrations using sheet music

Music scoresheets are sketchbook pages in disguise. At least, that's the impression you get from Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Ehrlich's works. The duo are part of a creative collaboration, People Too, from Novosibirsk, Russia. The two spend time drawing elaborate scenes on sheet music. From urban landscapes to people fishing, dancing, and traveling, the musical notes serve as departure points for their combined creativity. The reimagined illustrated sheets of music are available for purchase on Society6. Check out some of them below and find more on their portfolio on Behance. ...
Creativity

This artist has been creating beautiful sci-fi illustrations everyday for 9 years

It's 2016 and I'm still waiting for those flying cars I was promised years ago. But that doesn't stop creative minds like Mike Winkelmann from thinking far ahead. The graphic designer and digital artist has been creating one digital illustration everyday for nine years now and each of them is pure eye candy. From full-fledged sci-fi landscapes to purplish metal blobs, Winkelmann shares his illustrations' creation live through uninterrupted streams on Tumblr, Facebook and more. It's amazing how one artist can create consistently beautiful work every day. It's truly a testament to his skill. Check out some of his illustrations below!    ...
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Hilarious drawings from a 6-year-old turned into Photoshop art by dad

Kids can teach us loads about being imaginative and creative. They can also inspire a collection of hilarious digital manipulations. Six-year-old Dom's dad happens to be an artist and is now turning Dom's adorable doodles into Photoshop'd art. As part of the collaborative project called, "Things I Have Drawn," the father and son duo draw misshapen dolphins, wobbly vehicles, laughing lions and other wacky stuff. Dom's father also makes up hilarious rhymes to go with the drawings, giving them an almost storybook quality. Check out some of the drawings below and follow the pair on Instagram for regular updates.  ...
Illustration

Illustrator uses meticulously crafted clay figures and objects instead of 2D animation

To render her illustrations in the most lifelike way possible, Irma Gruenholz uses clay. The Madrid-based graphic designer and illustrator turns what are typically 2D works into 3D by using clay to model the characters and environments in her scenes. The pieces are carefully photographed and then placed in books, posters and advertisements. To enhance the process for her audience, Gruenholz documents herself at work. Check out some of her dreamy 3D works below and head on over Behance or her website for more! ...
Art

Dina Brodsky’s stunning sketchbook combines watercolor and pencil art

These watercolor and pencil drawings by Dina Brodsky are a match made in heaven. The artist's sketchbook is filled with glorious renderings of architecture, wildlife, and people. The drawings are detailed and done in pencil amidst a plethora of gorgeous cursive handwriting. Each scene is further brought to the foreground by multicolored layers of watercolor, gouache, gold leaves, and objects Brodsky has discovered during her travels. Her recent exhibition "The Secret Life of Trees" was held at the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in NYC. Check out some pages from Brodsky's sketchbook below and find on her Instagram and on Etsy. ...
Art

The detail in Taylor Mazer’s dark illustrations is eye-melting!

How on Earth does Taylor Mazer make these extremely detailed sketches with just a micron pen? The Michigan-based freelance illustrator is a master of making dark alleyways and facades look so photogenic, you'd think they were photographs. Detailed brick by brick, Mazer's micron pen illustrations set in the Midwest, when viewed up close reveal a truly time-consuming process. Mazer is currently attending Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. Check out some of his illustrations below and find more of his work on Behance or Instagram. If you're interested in prints, head on over to his shop.  ...
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