Being a teddy bear isn’t easy… with all the love they get, people literally squeeze, kiss and cuddle them to rags. That’s not all, in this arresting photo series by Mark Nixon, some of these bears are world travelers and one has fallen off a train. What remains of these often decades-old stuffed animals is just a rough and often creepy vision of their former cuddly selves. Don’t tell their owners they’re ugly though… these are treasured family members with storied pasts. [Read more...]
It would be hard to tell from these strikingly detailed animals but artist Iain Macarthur got his start drawing cartoon characters. Now he carries his sketchbook on the bus, to the cafe and everywhere else as he includes more realism and in this case pattern in his illustrations. See more of his animals (and even some cartoons) at iainmacarthur.carbonmade.com.
Wilhelm Staehle’s hand cut silhouettes quickly reveal the underlying cleverness that their tame Victorian looks conceal. His delicate work remixes the past into a sarcastic, darkly humorous parallel universe of rock playing harpists and patriotic bear puns. You can find his prints available at thebazaarium.com