Tag: Illustration

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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. ...
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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...
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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...
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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. ...
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A new era of feminist art emerges as a response to Trump’s electoral win

Last January 12, 2017, the first of the thirty Nasty Women art exhibits was opened in Knockdown Center, in Queens, NY. More than 700 female artists hung their work on walls. The show was spearheaded by a 12-foot-tall series of block letters that spelled out N-A-S-T-Y W-O-M-E-N, clearly playing on a Trump reference from the previous presidential debates. There are many pieces of art included in the show, such as a Trump voodoo doll by artist Sandra Koponen, a portrait of well-manicured middle fingers, a bracelet that is etched with the word UNGRABBABLE, a painting of flaming high heels, and more. All of the pieces were on display and for sale for $100 or less. Over 2200 people attended the event on its opening night. The show was able to achieve $34,950 from art sales, and all of these proceeds were donated to Planned Parenthood. Angel Bellaran, the exhibition’s curatorial advisor, has been an active protester in many political issues in the past but says that...
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Jean Jullien is back with new book, illustrates modern life in the funniest ways possible

If you get your hands on Jean Jullien's new book, Modern Life, you will absolutely catch yourself laughing out loud more than a few times. It's not hard to relate to his illustrations, because - as always - his humor is spot-on for the modern man or woman. What most people don't consider a big deal, he is able to observe intently. He is so keen on the tiniest details that he is able to create art and comedy out of these. This will be the artist's fifth book, and it carries the signature grumpiness and humor that the French illustrator has been known for. Hollywood actor Jesse Eisenberg was commissioned to write the book's introduction, and he exclaims that Jullien is one of a kind; and that his drawings are "difficult to describe because he is funnier without words than most are with." Jean Jullien's Modern Life is available on teNeues. ...
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Remembering the defunct ‘Faux Museum’: a paradise for oddities and confusion

The Faux Museum was once the bread and butter of Tom Richards, its curator (and often, janitor). It was located in Portland, Oregon and contains a wild collection of knick knacks. Everything inside the museum was either created by Richards himself or his friends. Each displayed item is a representation of his eccentric imagination and sense of humor. Why the weirdness? He simply wants people to "not think too hard" and "see things differently". In this light, each piece is misleading by intention. In fact, the original plan was to make an entire museum as a prank, but Richards ended up pouring everything he had into it. As a result, he made tourists and locals amused (and usually, confused) as they pass by. There certainly is a big hole left by the Faux Museum as it leaves us in its wake. It said goodbye in 2015, and fans from all over are still hoping that it'll open its doors once again - in one way or another.  ...
Animation

New York-based designer creates new letters and numbers series for over a month

A month of interactive graphic design? Jesseca Dollano was up for the challenge. The designer was born and raised in Hong Kong but now lives and works out of New York City as a digital designer for DesignIt. She took part in an online project called "36 Days of Type" where creatives were tasked to design letters and numbers every day for over a month. Dollano's submissions feature a fantastic blend of retro and contemporary aesthetics with some being animated. Dollano has worked for prestigious clients the likes of Microsoft and Samsung and continues to deliver top-notch projects. Find more of her amazing works on her website. ...
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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...
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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),...
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Wild animals dress up in fancy costumes in hilarious illustrations

If dogs in sweaters look cute, wild animals in exquisite clothes should look majestic as ever! And they do! At least in India-based artist Rohan Sharad Dahotre's digital works. The photo edits are part of a funny illustration series which dons wild animals in photographs with fancy costumes. My favorite one is perhaps the raven below. His expression is just awesome. Check out some of his hilarious works below and find more over on his Behance page. ...
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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...
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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...
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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. ...
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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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Popular artist draws Pokemon wearing costumes of other Pokemon

An artist who goes by the screen name It's Birdy has made drawings worth taking a second look at. These sketches go back to 2013, but since we are all pretty much in a huge Pokemon craze these days, it won't hurt to see these nice little pieces of art. The concept is simple - it's Pokemon dressed as other Pokemon. It's as if you're going to attend a cosplay event if you were a Pokemon going with other Pokemon. Is it too much Pokemon? That would be a judgment call. After all, most of us can't get enough Pokemon.  In the following images, you'll see baby (unevolved) Pokemon dressed up as their older (evolved) selves, i.e. Bulbasaur dressed as Venosaur, Squirtle dressed as Blastoise, and so on. It's a shame there aren't more of these pictures in the circulation these days. Fans would surely love to have them on apparel while playing Pokemon GO! See more of It's Birdy's works on Instagram or on this slideshow. ...
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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. ...
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Hobby between friends turns into promising magazine venture with eccentric prints

Introducing Buffalo Zine, the brainchild of Adrián González-Cohen (creative director) and David Uzquiza (graphic designer, art director). The two men were friends since 1999 when they met as students. Over the years, their friendship led to one of the most fascinating magazine ventures of today. Buffalo Zine is a totally hands-on process. Each issue is made from scratch and takes years to complete. In fact, the two artists did not think that they would be publishing at all. It simply was a humble hobby shared between the two of them. After producing thousands of copies, they decided to distribute... and the rest was history. Now on its fourth issue, copies of Buffalo Zine can be bought online. It follows a classic newspaper format - one that is almost extinct in our modern and digital age. What once was kept in the garage is now a real and flourishing venture between childhood friends. /...
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Catholic congregations ‘look good’ in new collaborative art project highlighting clothing of nuns

The Pink Sisters, formally referred to as the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, are only one of more than 40 Catholic nun groups made as subjects in "Looking Good: A visual guide to the nun’s habit". The project is a collaborative effort between Veronica Bennett (theologian), Ryan Todd (illustrator), and GraphicDesign& (publisher). It is a book which showcases the evolution of religious clothing all over the world. GD& is a one-of-a-kind publishing house that envisions the exploration of the possible connections that graphic design can have with any other subject. Usually, their projects involve subjects that most other publishers won't dare touch - including those deemed too "risky" or "eccentric". Aside from Catholic nuns, GD& has also worked on projects about literature, mathematics, and social sciences. Still, it is undeniable that "Looking Good" appears to be their most personal and unique project to date.  ...
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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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Studio creates print campaign featuring strong visualization of political personalities and current issues

Check out these unique and controversial prints from a new 3D print/CGI campaign project. Featuring President Obama and President-Elect Trump, these bring forth issues that are currently storming the news - but in a rare, design-centric manner. The aim is to captivate the essence of the news stories and these personalities, almost in an op-ed type of format. A new design studio was commissioned to head the first ever campaign for Upday. The studio, FOREAL, is the brainchild of Benjamin Simon and Dirk Schuster. Their projects are directed towards creative and unique designs that give the audiences a popping "eye candy" every time. You can check out the prints on their website. Upday is the latest app from Samsung which focuses on bringing personalized news to its users. The content will be curated from a wide range of trusted sources, bloggers, and brands - streamlined into a very simple and easy format for everyone to understand. It combines technology and  journalistic...
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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. ...
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‘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. ...
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.  ...
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