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Iconic Western Stories & Fairy Tales Get an Eastern Makeover

Friday 12.19.2014 , Posted by
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South Korean illustrator Na Young Wu has been re-imagining western characters and fairy tales in a delightfully eastern fashion. From the Little Mermaid to Little Red Riding Hood, you’ve never seen the classics like this before. Using the Korean “manhwa” style, she gives each iconic story a makeover using traditional Korean costumes, hairstyles and themes. [Read more…]

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In Transit: The Daily Sketches From A Traveler’s Commute

Sunday 12.07.2014 , Posted by
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What better way to practice your illustration skills than to sketch what’s right in front of you? Singapore-based artist Cherngzhi Lian does just that, then takes a photo to commemorate the reality of his sketches. From the passengers on his flights and public transportation to the natural landscapes, coffee shops, and restaurants, he gives us a glimpse into his everyday life as well as his travels. He is in the process of publishing a book called “In-Transit” which will be a compilation of his travel and commute drawings. Lian is an adjunct professor in the Film Media Studies department at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore. [Read more…]

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Hyper-realistic Drawings on Wood Boards

Friday 11.28.2014 , Posted by
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I see a LOT of hyper-realistic work these days, but when I ran across these creations by Ivan Hoo, they actually fooled me for a minute. Look at the two Starbucks cups below and you’ll see what I mean (no they’re not the same). [Read more…]

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Kevin Peterson Paints Innocence in a Sometimes Difficult World

Wednesday 11.26.2014 , Posted by
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Children are so innocent when they are young, but as they grow up in the wild world, they discover the behaviors of the humans who have lived longer. It’s hard to hold on to that sweetness once possessed. Artist Kevin Peterson explores this contrast, painting the innocence of a young girl growing up in a broken world. On his large canvases, we see young girls in their pretty dresses against a harsh backdrop of concrete walls covered with graffiti and worn posters. [Read more…]

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A World Filled with Light and Love, Illustrated by Pascal Campion

Wednesday 11.19.2014 , Posted by
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Illustrator Pascal Campion has a big heart, and every one of his artworks shows it. That’s saying a lot too, because he’s amassed well over 3000 sketches since he started his Sketch of the Day project in 2006. At that point in his life he was short on time, but starting that challenging project has garnered him more exposure and fans (he calls them friends) than he could ever have expected. Just take a look at this small selection of his work and you’ll easily see why. [Read more…]

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Characters From The Most Detailed Blue Collar Bar Scene Inspire New Clothing Line For Element

Friday 11.14.2014 , Posted by
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Beginning with a little thumbnail and gradually expanding his illustration as his creativity flowed, LA-Based artist Chris Eaton, also known as Timber!, created an incredibly detailed bar scene. 5 versions and 400 hours later, he turned his creation into a print and made some t-shirts for himself and his friends. He and his friends got compliments everywhere they went and more people wanted a print of the design. In 2006, Timber! collaborated with Element brand skateboard company to share his vision with an even larger audience. The characters and themes from the image have been turned into graphic tees, skateboards, and more, but recently the characters have inspired a new clothing line for Element. [Read more…]

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For His Wife’s Birthday, This Husband Commissioned 23 Artists to Make Portraits of Their Baby

Friday 11.14.2014 , Posted by
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Husbands take note: this is master level gift giving! Chicago-based photographer Ernst Berlin (or Rezinatoriously on Reddit) decided to give his wife an incredible gift for her first birthday with their newborn son, Jacob. To create what he wanted he enlisted the help of the talented people at RedditGetsDrawn, where he commissioned 23 artists to make portraits of his 8-month-old son. He gave everyone 2 months to complete their work, and 40 photos to choose from. The results are truly magical. [Read more…]

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The Detailed Ink Pen Doodles of Kerby Rosanes

Wednesday 11.12.2014 , Posted by
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Most of us have found ourselves doodling at some time or another, but very few of us could fill a pocket sketchbook the way Philippines-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes has. His incredibly detailed illustrations give us a peek into his brilliant imagination. Each doodle looks amazing from afar, but the closer you get, the more the playful details are revealed. Using just a black ink pen on white paper, he creates intricate imaginary worlds. The 23 year old artist left his job as a graphic designer to freelance his creative talents.
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2D Illustrations Seem to Pop Out of Lined Notebook Pages

Wednesday 11.12.2014 , Posted by
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It would be easy to mistake these images for three-dimensional bas reliefs, but they’re actually completely flat, two-dimensional drawings. Artist João A. Carvalho (aka J Desenhos) creates convincing illusions where it seems his drawings are popping out of a notebook’s blue-lined page. [Read more…]

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Is This What Classic Disney Films Would Look Like Today?

Thursday 11.06.2014 , Posted by
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There’s a distinct difference between classic Disney animations and the films like “Frozen” that we see today. Older films were hand animated, and feature a distinctly flat cartoonish appearance, but today’s computer animated films are a world apart. Their atmospheric realism is so convincing it almost looks like the real world. Video game character artist Tyson Murphy has been updating these classics making us wonder, “what if those older films were made today?” [Read more…]

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