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Quirky comics of secret feelings. Don’t lie… You know you’ve thought this before!

Wednesday 04.23.2014 , Posted by
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Have you ever been irrationally afraid of a murderer hiding in your backseat as you get into your car at night? Has someone annoyingly suggested that you “think positive” at a time when that is obviously not what you’re going to do? These universal situations that we don’t often talk about, but that everyone knows, are the basis for Molly Bishop’s comical one-liner illustrations. Go ahead, find the ones that you’ve thought about… no one will know. [Read more...]

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If the Movie ‘Labyrinth’ had an Affair with M.C. Escher, This Would be the Baby

Monday 03.31.2014 , Posted by
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Artist Mathew Borrett spent his childhood building forts out of hay in an ancient barn, but when his allergies got the best of him, he’d go inside to build elaborate things out of Lego. When he built something he especially liked, he’d draw instructions on graph paper detailing how to build it again. That sounds about right for the child that would later draw these magnificently complex labyrinths of rooms. [Read more...]

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These Gender-Swapped Disney & Dreamworks Characters Will Make You Rethink the Films

Sunday 03.16.2014 , Posted by
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If there’s one thing that makes a Disney cartoon, it’s the Princes and Princesses. But, what if their genders were suddenly swapped? Would the films we’ve grown up with be completely flipped on their heads? Would Cinderella be looking for her glass boot? Italian artist Maby-Chan has been imagining such scenarios giving “Fem” and “Male” treatments to everyone from Captain Hook to Rapunzel. [Read more...]

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Doodles Come To Life on Transparencies

Thursday 03.13.2014 , Posted by
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Is that a gigantic polar bear attacking San Francisco?! Fear not citizens, it’s merely a happy bear looking for a back rub… and using the Transamerica Pyramid for help.

Hombre McSteez (aka Marty Cooper) is dreaming up bizarrely fantastic scenarios and bringing them to the real world using just transparencies, white-out, a good old Sharpie and forced perspective. After doodling his work on the clear sheet, he holds it up and photographs it interacting with the scene behind. Each piece is made on the spot, perfectly matching situation – be it a monstrous day on the putting green or an afternoon grabbing tasty sushi (that seems to keep running away). [Read more...]

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Every. Single. One. James G. Hancock is Trying to Draw All the Buildings in New York City

Monday 02.24.2014 , Posted by
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There are ambitious projects, and then there are ambitions projects. This definitely counts as a standout example, especially for just one man. Brooklyn-based Australian, James Gulliver Hancock, has set out to catalogue all the buildings in the Big Apple, from famous skyscrapers to ubiquitous brownstones, and he’s doing it by drawing each and every building. If that sounds bonkers, crazy, obsessed – you’d be right – but we love the passion and the result. [Read more...]

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Pencil vs. Camera Goes Huge: 3D Charcoal and Pencil Drawings by Ben Heine

Friday 01.31.2014 , Posted by
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Belgian artist Ben Heine creates amazing 3D charcoal and pencil drawings. What looks like the backdrop to a regular photo shoot is really a large scale canvas Ben is using to create his next monumental art project. His drawings are so fascinating because they jump off the page at you! They mix drawing and photography, imagination and reality; and while many artists are confined to a small workspace, Ben looks like he gets a full-body workout creating his pieces. These works continue on Ben’s best known series, Pencil vs Camera, which he started in 2010. [Read more...]

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Stunning Greenland Ice, Drawn with Pastels

Tuesday 12.31.2013 , Posted by
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As many travelers know, the world’s most remote places can also be the most awe inspiring. Aritst Zaria Forman learned that at an early age, traveling with her family through some of these far reaching landscapes as her mother captured them as photographic fine art. Today, Zaria continues that path with large scale pastel drawings on sheets of paper. The results are incredibly lifelike, while reflecting the surreal environment they represent. [Read more...]

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Tiny Hyper-Realistic Illustrations, Right Next to the Tools Used to Create Them

Friday 12.27.2013 , Posted by
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You have to get pretty close to Karla Mialynne’s work before you realize it isn’t real. To create her illustrations – which mostly feature animals like pugs and owls – she uses Prismacolor pencils, Pantone Tria markers and occasionally, acrylic paint. After each piece is complete, she photographs it with the array of tools she used to create it. How interesting to see all the colors involved! [Read more...]

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Brian Lai Draws Negative Images That Become Realistic When Inverted

Friday 12.13.2013 , Posted by
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Most of us would be happy if we could draw anything that looked even mildly realistic. I’m not talking photo-realistic, just something recognizable enough for people to, you know, recognize what it was. Apparently that wasn’t enough of a challenge for Malaysian artist Brian Lai, because while his normal drawings are admirable, he has now created two pieces drawn with inverted tones. Only when viewed in negative do his ghostly images take on the impressive appearance of reality. [Read more...]

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We Fell In Friend-Love With Yumi Sakugawa [Interview]

Tuesday 12.03.2013 , Posted by

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Southern California-based illustrator Yumi Sakugawa explores the pangs, passions, and perils of platonic love in her charming comic I Think I’m in Friend-Love With You.  A story of an awkwardly-adorable monster yearning for non-romantic affection – in the form of inside jokes, special hang-out sessions, and late-night Facebook chats – Sakugawa’s comic captures a relational territory often considered ambiguous: the connection with and longing for platonic pals. [Read more...]

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