Category: Illustration

Books

Artist gives life to stories through cute illustrations

Home is Homeless by Hava Nissimov, Poems for Amalia by Dafna Ben Zvi, and Wings by Gogo and Sunshine are just some of the books that illustrator Ofra Amit made artwork for. While she mostly works side by side with these books' authors, there are occasions she has to work alone - especially for classic literature. One example of this is The Gift of the Magi where the author, O. Henry, has already passed away. This Tel Aviv-based artist studied Architecture but eventually graduated in Visual Communication in Wizo Academy of Design in Haifa, Israel. She worked as an animator for a while before becoming an illustrator. She mainly uses acrylic on paper or board. She currently teaches illustration and once in a while lectures about her work in design schools. For more information about this artist, visit her website and Facebook. Some of her works are available for sale on Etsy.  ...
Art

Artist creates sketches from lectures and performances he attends, turns them into amazing postcards

Have you ever been in a long-standing seminar, conference, meeting, or lecture that you just wanted it to end? If you have, you probably had the habit of creating doodles out of boredom. An artist from Dallas does exactly the same thing, only his doodles are more of artwork that can wow you, and he wasn't exactly bored with the lectures. Brad Ford Smith has had a fruitful career as an artist. He is known for being part of many big projects, several of which have been on shows and exhibits. In his free time, however, he is known to carry around his humble sketchbook. His friends say that wherever he goes, he takes it. And whenever he sits down, he sketches. Another thing he often does is attending readings, performances, and arts lectures. Now, Smith seemed to have found a way to combine these two loves of his. Below, you'll see his sketches done during these lectures, which he has been making for well over a year now. ...
Art

Nobel Prize winning neuroscientist’s sketches become inspiring art exhibit in Spain

Back in the 1890s, the world didn't know as much about neuroscience as we do now. And this is all thanks to Santiago Ramón y Cajal, a Spanish neuroscientist who questioned current beliefs about the brain. Originally planning to be an artist, he became a man of science as well. Back in the day, he produced a lot of sketches of the brain and its deepest, innermost structures. But because they are so striking, the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis decided to organize The Beautiful Brain, a traveling exhibit of his work. According to Larry Swanson, a brain scientist at the University of Southern California, "Cajal was the founder of modern neuroscience. Most of the neuroscientists in the mid-19th century thought the nervous system was organized almost like a fishing net." But Cajal thought otherwise, and began to study more. In fact, he won the 1906 Nobel Prize because of his extensive work. Now, after years and years, an exhibition has been arranged to feature his...
Art

Graphic artist makes stunning stationery using mainly watercolor

Yvette Lising is a freelance visual artist based in Manila. She graduated with a degree in Fine Arts with a major in Advertising. At a young age, drawing and painting portraits became just a few of her favorite past times. Yvette is not the first artist in the family, as her dad is a photographer, among other relatives, who are also in the creative field. While they easily served as her influence growing up, it's interesting to know that she also draws inspiration from video games, movies, and everyday adventures. Today, Yvette is busy juggling between freelance jobs as a graphic artist for local businesses and her recently-launched illustrated stationery business TypeScratch. TypeScratch creates notebooks and planners, wedding essentials, social stationery, and stamps out of handmade painting and patterns. Some of her latest favorite designs to make are cats, botanical, and sushi. She uses mainly gouache and watercolor to draw and paint. Aside from her...
Art

Talent artist imagines how Pokémon would look if they were real

A very talented artist from Japan, Totoまめ is the artist who brings us this fantastic fanart. With a more realistic touch on the everyone's well-known Pocket Monsters, making some of them more adorable and some others more terrifying. After their appearance on the 3D world with Pokemon Go, this just doesn't seem so farfetched anymore. How confident would you feel playing 'Who's That Pokemon' with drawings this realistic? To see more of his work you can visit his website, otaku mode, and the rest of his Pokémon gallery   ...
Creativity

This artist is drawing top female characters as Disney princesses

Mei Yu is a skillful artist who draws cartoons, illustration art and creates step-by-step tutorials. She accepts suggestions and challenges and constantly tries to fulfill them all. She may never be able to get around to doing all of them, but at the very least, she makes sure to feature the more popular requests - drawing people, food, pets, celebs, chibis, kawaii stuff, gender-bending characters, drawing upon and mixing different styles and fandoms. Mei Yu does it all to please her many followers. You can see more of her work on her website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or watch the magic happen on her YouTube channel and maybe learn a thing or two.  ...
Art

Young artist spent 3 months creating Michael Jackson portrait using just string and nails

In a span of three months, Zenyk Palagniuk was able to create an amazing portrait of Michael Jackson.The artist, who is just 21 years old, made the pop icon's image using nothing but string and nails.The portrait started out as a mere formation of nails, but when the artist started manipulating and placing the string, an artistic masterpiece was formed. Palagniuk used a total of 15,000 nails for this project.This isn't his first work, he has done portraits using the same materials in the past years as well. Zenyk Palagniuk says that most people have the preconception that art should be made from drawings or paintings, or garden sculptures. He believes in going beyond the confines of traditional medium and using whatever is available to create something beautiful. And his work is indeed beautiful. Check out some photos of his Michael Jackson portrait below and be awed by his sheer skill and talent. ...
Art

Fête du Graphisme 2017 showcases the rich, diverse, and dynamic culture of graphic design

With three successful Fête du graphisme events behind us, a new festival is coming in hot this year. It will be a free festival event for everyone. Co-produced by D’Days and Artevia, the celebration will put graphic designers and their work on the spotlight. They will showcase how dynamic, multi-faceted, rich, and diverse this form of art is. To many people, graphic design is simply the fine print and colors on books, posters, and advertisements. But beyond these, graphic design has become part of all of our lives. You can see it on the Internet, on magazines, academic books, marketing and advertising, signages, packaging of virtually all products and services, and even in industries like textile and fashion. Without a doubt, graphic designers play a huge, vital role in how society and culture is shaped every day. It has crept not just into public spaces, but across private and intimate requirements as well. The Graphic Design Festival will run until February...
Art

‘We the People’ kickstarter campaign features works of activist artists, to be launched on Inauguration Day on Washington DC as new symbols of hope

The iconic HOPE image used in the Obama campaign 8 years ago was created by Shepard Fairey. Right now, the country is facing another kind of situation, that she and fellow activist artists feel, shall require all new images that carry hope. These images will reject the fear, hate, and discrimination that have somewhat been "normalized" in the recent presidential campaign. As a peaceful protest and declaration of hope, the project entitled We the People will be launched on Inauguration Day, right in the heart of Washington, DC. The artists and their supporters will carry with them their new symbols of hope. The pieces are commissioned by the Amplifier Foundation. The project, which is currently on Kickstarter, is made possible through the efforts of many artists, filmmakers, editors, photographers, and activists. The artwork is created by Shepard Fairey, Ernesto Yerena, and Jessica Sabogal. The team promises that they will deliver the prints and artwork no...
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.  ...
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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. ...
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