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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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Cool Dad Colors His Kids Drawings While on Business Trips

Saturday 11.30.2013 , Posted by

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How do you keep connected with your kids while traveling? For a Redditor going by the name Tatsputin, the answer is coloring in his children’s drawings while he’s flying out of state. With just their lines to go on, he fills in each with colored pencil giving each image lighting, dimension, “and whatever I feel the original drawing would need to be feasible.” The results are great and are keeping his kids excited to see what he brings home. [Read more...]

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Skull Pyrography: Peter Deligdisch Decorates Animal Skulls with a Wood Burner

Tuesday 11.26.2013 , Posted by

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If his extensive Youtube channel is any indication, Peter Deligdisch has a major obsession with doodling using a wood burner. He’s used pyrography to etch his intricate designs into everything from wood rounds and phone cases, to skateboard decks and gun stocks. So, is it really surprising that when he found an old deer skull near his house, it had to go under the burner too? Deligdisch says he had to wear a protective glove, and turn his tool up all the way until the tip glowed red, in order to properly etch into the bone – and he even said it smelled really strange – but the results are remarkably beautiful. [Read more...]

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1500 Days of Hand Lettering and Illustration From Chris Piascik

Friday 11.22.2013 , Posted by

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In 2007, Chris Piascik challenged himself to make a drawing a day, and he hasn’t stopped yet. Amassing a significant body of work, Piascik just completed his 1,500th daily drawing earlier this month. His witty illustrations, well-executed patterns, and often irreverent hand-lettering pieces are bold in both coloring and statement. [Read more...]

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Micro-Landscape Ink Drawings Inspired by Sound: Beth Brown

Tuesday 11.19.2013 , Posted by

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These drawings are like taking a microscope to a night club and observing the crawling skin of a rave dancer. Before you read on click ‘Play’ on the sound piece below to set the mood. These incredibly detailed ink drawings are physical manifestations of Beth Brown’s sound art. They look like an iTunes visualizer being used in a slightly darker sci-fi universe. The nonobjective shapes embody a wonderfully dense articulated structure and imply movement: slithering, morphing, collapsing, as a part of some strange foreign lifecycle on micro scale. Beth Brown builds accumulated sensory texture expressed through micro-landscapes. [Read more...]

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Drawing on World Issues: Illustrations by Pawel Kuczynski Continue to Make Us Think

Friday 11.08.2013 , Posted by

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There are few things more appropriate for satirical critique that world politics and issues. Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski continues to enlighten us with his colored pencils, shedding light on the more confusing and contradictory elements of the world we inhabit. Often his work revolves around the issues of poverty, war, political honesty and wage disparity, each illustration giving us a chance to pause and ponder. [Read more...]

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So Real You Could Almost Wear It: Photo-Realistic Fashion Illustrations from CJ Hendry

Tuesday 10.01.2013 , Posted by

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Call them well designed, call them excessive – luxury goods are a focus for many a fashion conscious individual. From patent leather shoes to a carefully crafted clutch, each item is designed to speak to our inner perfectionist saying “why not own the best?” CJ Hendry has a love affair with such coveted goods and the companies that make them, and in her own talented way she’s creating tributes that are equally tasteful and desirable: large-scale photo-realistic drawings in pen. [Read more...]

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