Superhero Mathematics 101

Okay kids, get excited, because it’s time for an elementary mathematics lesson in superheros! What do you get when you take one man and subtract his heart? Italian graphic designer Matt Cowan’s clever illustrations say the answer is non-other than Tony Stark, aka Ironman. Okay, how about if you take one woman and add some of natures fury? Answer: the X-Men’s nature controlling heroine, Storm.

How Do You Spot a Tumblr User?

Tumblr is one of the most popular micro-blogging platforms on the internet, with nearly 43 million blogs and counting, reblogging animated gifs and feminist Ryan Gosling memes have never been so popular. Tumblr is an interesting ecosystem, with a large part of it looking as if it was designed for 15 year old kids who sneeze glitter while needing everything cool and hip under the sun… and while this sounds pretty great, it isn’t exactly what the community of Tumblr looks like down deep.

Graphic Quote #6 – Saving Silverman

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The Adventures of Croissant Man!

Let me introduce you to Croissant Man, also know as L’home Croissant ECO PUNK SUPERHERO! His life is a mystery: adventurous and rambunctious. He travels the globe, wrestles his foes, fights crime and spends time with his family. He is the creation of Mexican designer and hotelier Antoni Roixes.

Tutti Frutti: A Tasty Self-Portrait Collection

Cristina Otera combines her obsession for fruit with her imaginative photography, creating this tasty collection. The 16-year-old artist from Cádiz, Spain started experimenting with photoshop only two years ago and by combining that with some very creative makeup skills, she has been submitting amazingly vibrant photos on Deviant Art ever since. Cristina has established quite the following through her online portfolio and — with this she can answer anyones questions via video chat. It is inspiring to see talented young artists coming out of the woodwork!

Mr. Happy Man: 88 Year Old Shares Daily Love

When people first encounter 88 year old Johnny Barnes, standing on a traffic island, waving his arms and blowing kisses at the many cars driving by, they probably wonder about his sanity. Yet, this charming and youthful fellow has more wisdom to share about life and love than almost anyone you’ll encounter. Each day, Barnes spends 6 hours, rain or shine, waving to cars, sharing love with passerby and doing his very best to better the world through his presence. In the beautiful film below, you’ll find he’s far from crazy, but rather has a beautiful and simple philosophy on life from which we can all learn.

Melting Wood: Surreal Hand-Carved Picture Frames

It’s hard not to see the heavy influence of Salvador Dali in these incredibly perfect melting picture frames. Part of the Duramen series of one-off handmade wooden sculptures, the impossible looking pieces of oak, fir and pear were created with the intention of breaking with the conventional ways of exhibiting… and they certainly do, turning the frame itself into the work of art. The contrasting pieces of wood seem to transform the hard material, breaking down its structure into something smooth, flowing and malleable. Created by the french multi-media creative agency Bonsoir Paris, the pieces walk a fine line between the deformed and the elegant, never crossing completely to the other side… and that’s just how they’re intended.

The Musically Inspired Work of Pascal Blanchet

The illustration work of Pascal Blanchet may trick you into thinking it was created in the 1960s with its effortless vintage style. Blanchet is a graphic novelist and illustrator born in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. His work is reminiscent of mid-century jazz record cover art, which he says is a source of inspiration from his childhood. His work is compositionally beautiful, and each piece tends to use strong shapes and colors with hints of texture that add just the right amount of depth and detail to his work. Blanchet is a very versatile illustrator because he can work in perspective, add wonderful lighting, or create something flat and still be interesting.

London: The New Capital of Romance

When trying to think of the most romantic city in the world, most people would guess Paris, but it turns out that London has had more Valentine’s Day hotel and travel bookings than any other European city. So for the cover of the St. Valentine’s special issue of Evening Standard magazine, which featured an article about this, visual designer Charis Tsevis created a beautiful illustration.

Ameliorating Art with Wine Stains

It’s Valentine’s Day- the perfect time for red roses, red hearts, and most importantly, red wine! But if you happen to spill some tonight- don’t go reaching for the club soda right away. With a little help from Amelia Harnas– that wine stain could be transformed into a stunning piece of art.