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Architecture from the Fantastic World of the Future

Tuesday 04.02.2013 , Posted by

François Schuiten Art 1

If you live in almost any city around the world for very long, you’re bound to see a new skyscraper fill the skyline, slowly rising to impressive heights by the methodical assembly of cranes perched on its peak. Architectural firms are now so adept at creating these massive structures that even complex examples like London’s new Shard can seem to spring up overnight, surprising you one day as you round a familiar corner and glance skyward. In a way, our modern world isn’t that far from the towering worlds we have here, imagined by the Belgian master of comic art, François Schuiten. [Read more...]

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Two Superb, Hand-Drawn Maps of London

Monday 03.25.2013 , Posted by

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When I visited Rome last summer I picked up a free, hand-drawn map of the city. To be honest I wasn’t expecting much, but when I started navigating using the small map, I was astounded at the detail it contained in each hand-drawn line. To be finding my way around the ancient city using only someone’s fine penmanship was like stepping back into the bygone era of hand-made cartography. Today we have Google Maps. It’s a tool which blows away any hand-created map as far as accuracy and search-ability, but something is certainly lost in the aesthetic beauty and ability to roll out a large city on the table before you. These fine maps of London from Wellingtons Travel, bring back the maps of old and do it with useful style. [Read more...]

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We Love Friday! – Illustrate Your World

Friday 03.08.2013 , Posted by

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“I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me it is a stronger desire than ever.” ― Beatrix Potter Although my drawing skills have yet to surpass the average 12 year old’s, I am constantly amazed by the talented artists I see everywhere I go. Drawing is such an incredible way to express things that words can not explain and to share your perspective with others. We searched Instagram for illustrations and found some amazingly talented artists from all over the world. Here are our top picks!
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Simón Prades Illustrates Animals Hidden in the Woods

Wednesday 02.27.2013 , Posted by

Simon Prades Loup in the woods 2

Simón Prades has been walking in the woods a lot recently. It’s a good place to clear your mind, spend some quiet time and come up with new ideas. This January the well known illustrator decided to focus a new series around these walks, paying special attention to the seasons of the forest and the contrasts between light and shadow. In his just released series of three drawings, Loup, he explores these contrasts with positive and negative space, subtly and beautifully revealing the animals of the forest in the detritus of the leaf covered floor and swaying branches of the trees above. [Read more...]

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Feathers and Fur: Beautiful Drawings in BallPoint Pen

Wednesday 01.23.2013 , Posted by

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Ah the lowly ballpoint pen: it’s the kind of writing instrument you don’t often associate with fine art, but one that is almost always at hand. East German born artist Mel Fischer knows how to harness every bit of charm out of the ubiquitous pens, creating realistic illustrations full of fur and feathers. Her works feature both animals and humans, the latter being adorned with stylish, feathery headwear. [Read more...]

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Floating Rooms in Perspective

Wednesday 01.02.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes to get the best view of something, you have to eliminate all distractions. That’s what artist Suzanne Geary has done in her fantastic series of rooms in perspective. Drawing each with colored pencil she shows us a top-down view of someones living space, showing us just one room with all external walls and details erased from view. Instead we are treated to a bold field of color, almost giving us the feeling it’s floating in space. [Read more...]

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Detailed Beauty: A Critique on Architecture & Society

Saturday 12.22.2012 , Posted by

Mark Lascelles Thornton The Happiness Machine 1

In his exquisitely detailed exploration of world architecture British artist Mark Lascelles Thornton has created something to both admire and to stir up conversation about the state of society. Titled, not a little bit sarcastically, “The Happiness Machine”, his yet to be completed masterpiece is a collection of world skyscrapers from London, Chicago, New York, Shanghai, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur and more. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #313 > Illustrations That Are Wild

Wednesday 11.14.2012 , Posted by

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Pat Perry’s Surreal Exploration of Alaska

Wednesday 11.14.2012 , Posted by

“The following images and artwork were created while working with the National Parks Service on a residency in Katmai National Park in Alaska.” So begins Pat Perry’s impressive multimedia series Alaska, an arrestingly beautiful yet quietly introspective work from the frequently traveling Michigan based artist and illustrator. His work is one which seems like it could only be created in the far northern reaches of the world, and surrounded by wilderness. [Read more...]

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A Psychedelic Animation of Morphing Human Forms

Monday 10.08.2012 , Posted by

Check out this beautiful new biomorphic animation from Tokyo based artist Katayama Takuto. All is not as it seems as the lines weave into human based forms, transforming from one moment to the next and never quite resolving into a complete person. [Read more...]

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