Data + Design Project

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

Tuesday 10.01.2013 , Posted by


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...]


11 Words with No English Equivalent

Tuesday 10.01.2013 , Posted by

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Have you ever been wandering in the woods, alone, and longed for a word to describe the feeling? Now you have one: waldeinsamkeit. Ok, if you’re an English speaker that might not say a lot to you; but if you’re German it could mean something significant. Ella Frances Sanders recently created an illustrated series of 11 such words, all that have no equivalent in the english language. Now you have a way to describe those pesky wet rings left on the table by your beer, and that beautiful road-like reflection of the moon on the water (well, at least if you’re Italian or Swedish). [Read more...]


Photo-Realistic Portraits of Celebrities Drawn with Just a Ballpoint Pen

Tuesday 09.17.2013 , Posted by

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These aren’t photographs of classic celebs, although even looking close could leave you convinced. Each is in fact drawn with just your everyday ballpoint pen, leaving little room for error as they are both un-erasable and strictly linear in nature. [Read more...]


An Artistic Collaboration With a 4-Year Old

Saturday 08.31.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes we complain about the way our collaborators work with us on a project – “Why won’t you just grow up!!” – but what if that helper was just a 4 year old child? When Mica Angela Hendricks, a professional illustrator, bought a new sketchbook, her young daughter ditched her own art supplies and wanted to contribute to her mothers work. The result is a charming combination of grown up perfection and youthful imagination. [Read more...]


Laurene Boglio’s Quirky Drawings Dance into Motion

Wednesday 08.07.2013 , Posted by


What’s better than animated GIFs of jumping people in bunny costumes, dancing women in swimming caps or a fellow hawking iPads from below his trench coat? Not much. These illustrations from French graphic designer Laurene Boglio are so cool they’re starting to make us jealous… at least of her seriously refined style. [Read more...]


An Exquisite Illustration MADE of Illustrations

Monday 08.05.2013 , Posted by

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Standing from a distance, this fantastic ibex and octopus illustration by Armenian artist Davit Yukhanyan is beautiful… but look a little closer and the drawing holds literally thousands of surprises. He has created the piece by carefully weaving together small, individual illustrations that merge together, perfectly forming the whole image – and the planning behind each element is simply shocking. [Read more...]


Anamorphic Drawings Jump from the Page

Friday 07.12.2013 , Posted by

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From sidewalk art made with chalk, to images in folded notebooks, we’ve seen a lot of creative anamorphic drawings in the last years… but the examples here still stand out from the crowd. Why? Italian artist Alessandro Diddi has created perhaps the most believable 2D drawings we’ve ever seen appearing to leap from the page. Even with a close inspection it’s hard to tell what’s flat and what’s not. [Read more...]


Interview: 1000 Impossible Sketches from Nigel Sussman

Thursday 07.04.2013 , Posted by

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Nigel Sussman has a passion for sketching, so much so that his online collection of work just spilled over to 1000 sketches – and if you figure he’s been doing this since 2008, that’s nearly a sketch a day for 4.5 years! We fell in love with this San Francisco-based illustrator, painter and muralist’s uniquely whimsical style of illustration, often featuring complex and impractical machines. He’s created an “Automated cat entertainment machine (A must-have for the neglected/pampered feline),” an ever important and practical “perpetual coffee machine,” and perhaps the very best, a “cool armored robo sushi cat.”

While plenty of people attempt (and fail) a 365 day art project, Nigel has been doing these sketches almost daily for over 4.5 years, always on the same identical 7 × 10″ wire-bound sketchbook. We caught up with him to see what keeps him sketching, how he finds inspiration, and what he’s learned over the span of such consistent fun. [Read more...]


A Patterned Remix of Fashion Photography

Thursday 06.06.2013 , Posted by

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I’m having trouble getting over my awe at these incredibly hip photography/pattern remixes from Alana Dee Haynes. In each image she takes an already smart photograph and uses her talents with a pen to make them even better. Fields of bubble-like circles, webs of netting, and Insa-esq ribbons of horizontal lines fill the walls behind her subjects or jump right onto their skin. The contrast between detailed photograph and her bold linear additions is striking. [Read more...]


Artist Uses a Marker to Turn Her Dad Into a Superhero

Tuesday 06.04.2013 , Posted by

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Just in time for Father’s Day comes this hilarious photo series by Giulia Pex. The Milan, Italy- based photographer and illustrator wanted to show the world how she sees her dad- as a superhero! She captured photos of her dad standing on the roof, riding his motorcycle, weed whacking the lawn, and ripping off his button-down shirt, then added in whimsical illustrations to make these not-so-super events much more magical. With a Superman emblem on his chest to save the day, a bat mobile ride-pimping, a cape, and some tricked-out add-ons for his motorcycle and lawn tools, Pex’s dad goes from normal guy to courageous comic book hero. [Read more...]

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