SpaceX’s Travel Posters Will Make You Want to Visit Mars

It may be a while until you can catch a quick flight to the red planet, but SpaceX is hopeful that option may be in our future. The commercial spacecraft company, whose spacecraft will be used to support the majority of U.S. scientific missions, is determined to enable people to live on other planets someday. (Yes, that is the company’s official mission.) To keep that dream alive and offer us some entertaining inspiration, SpaceX released three throwback travel posters last week. Who’s up for an intergalactic road trip?

Police Sketches Alongside Actual Mugshots

Can you imagine what it’s like to be a police sketch artist? Trying to listen to a collection of descriptions to illustrate a portrait that will be plastered all over the place in hopes of catching a criminal is no easy task. Considering the fact that most of us could not even describe ourselves in enough detail for an artist to sketch, eye witness reports are not the most reliable. But sometimes the artists really get it right and other times they just don’t. Here is a collection of 20 police sketches paired up with the criminals they were intended to represent.

Italian Man Spends 10 years Illustrating and Handwriting the Bible

Italian retiree Dino Mazzoli had a vision: to create a visually inspiring and heartfelt version of the Bible, as they did long ago. Before the printing press was invented, old manuscripts of the Bible were beautifully handwritten, illustrated, and preserved. But the press allowed the book to be easily replicated, and thus the artistic beauty of the text fell by the wayside. Yet for Mazzoli, the old style held more allure. So he set out on a personal journey to create his own version—word by word.

17 Year Old Artist Turns Mundane Objects Into Playful Interactive Illustrations

Things aren’t always what they seem! Especially not in the creative mind of 17 year old Kristián Mensa. This young artist from the Czech Republic brings playful energy to typically mundane objects. He has been seeing the world from this point of view since he was a little kid and now he brings the thoughts to life with interactive illustrations. He shares his musings on Instagram and invites you to see the ordinary in the happy, fun world of his imagination.

Artist Captures Panoramic City Scenes on His Coffee Cup

While most of Tokyo is moving quickly in the hustle and bustle of the work flow, illustrator Adrian Hogan is slowing down and taking it all in. In this amusing series of doodles, he chose a panoramic segment of the streets and sidewalks to re-create. But rather than using paper, he illustrated the images onto his coffee cup. He presents the finished pieces by slowly twirling the cup in Instagram videos among the backgrounds that inspired each scene. You can see all of the attention Hogan paid to minor details and how perfectly he replicates each city perspective.

Wonderfully Illustrative Fine-Line Tattoos by Istanbul’s Bicem Sinik

Istanbul-based tattoo artist Bicen Sinik has an impressive talent for creating intricate, fine-line illustrations on skin. Like the Los Angeles-based Dr. Woo (who we featured just last week), she has a knack for creating high-contrast linear and stippled pieces with a minimal amount of shading.

Propaganda Posters for Pyramid Schemes

You’d think the days of door-to-door knife salesmen and calling card pyramid schemes were over—but they’re only getting updated. Bulk protein? Cooking utensils? Somehow you still have an old roommate or third cousin trying to loop you into these ridiculous schemes with the promise to get rich quick. Inspired by these, we decided to have a little fun. Check out our propaganda posters for pyramid schemes. And while we have you here, can we interest you in a timeshare in Florida?

Embroidered Architecture by Stephanie Clark

Stephanie K. Clark ‘paints’ architecture using spools of thread. Her exquisitely embroidered pieces feature miniature homes from the ornate dwellings of the victorian era to the low and sleek creations of the mid-century. Each scene is realized in straight lines of colored thread built up into the home. Her delicate work with the needle brings out brick and wood siding as if it were real. In contrast, her surrounding landscapes are minimalist. Palm trees, woodland and hedges are sketched in simple black lines.

Super Cute Superheroes With Not So Super Part Time Jobs

In today’s economy, even superheroes need part-time jobs on the side to survive. It seems that saving the world doesn’t bring home the bacon anymore and illustrator Chow Hon Lam adorably designs these mega stars in the daily grind. Darth Vader uses his light saber to trim the hedges as a landscape laborer, Cat woman catches mice as an exterminator, while Spiderman uses his webs to make tennis rackets. See what the other superheroes are up to on the part-time job front below.

Dear Data: Two Women Track Personal Data on Postcards and Ship Them Across the Atlantic

Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec have only met twice in person, but they’re quickly getting to know each other through weekly postcards and a mutual obsession for tracking things. Their endearing year-long project “Dear Data” sees the pair sending postcards from New York to London and back – each with a week’s worth of personal data on the front and instructions for reading that data on the back.