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Smart, Strong, Beautiful: An Elephant Art Collection

Thursday 05.23.2013 , Posted by

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With the most massive brain on Earth (proportionally), elephants are known to be one of the most intelligent species. “In addition, elephants are able to learn new facts and behaviours, mimic sounds that they hear, self-medicate, play with a sense of humour, perform artistic activities, use tools and display compassion and self-awareness” (Andrews Elephants). They are strong and beautiful, a symbol of luck and happiness in the East and reliability and pride in the West, which makes it no wonder that so many artists have chosen this creature as their subject. [Read more...]

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A Bizarre World of Morphing Forms

Friday 05.17.2013 , Posted by

Redmer Hoekstra Drawings 9

It’s a strange world where, from one moment to the next, nothing familiar is quite as it seems. Warm handshakes turn into mingling horses before our eyes; slicing into a frosted cake is shockingly like slicing into a brain; and what appears to be a sailing ship from above, is actually a stout rhinoceros down below. Some are amusing combinations and others will disturb, but each of these fanciful drawings are fascinating to explore and decipher. [Read more...]

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Styro-Art Masterpiece Found At Auto Shop

Saturday 05.11.2013 , Posted by

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What do you do while you’re waiting for your car to be serviced? Read a magazine? Play games on your phone? Call somebody? One anonymous man just doodled on a styrofoam cup with a ballpoint pen, but by the looks of it, this is not the first time he has done something like this. Covered in chain links, designs, cartoon characters, and words in negative, it’s mind-boggling how he got his hand into the inside of the cup to draw with this much detail. He left the impressive cup behind with important messages for all those who see it, which thanks to redditor SquishyMcPhee is now close to a million people. [Read more...]

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Animals Oddly Combining with Objects

Thursday 04.18.2013 , Posted by

Marcin Schleifer Black and White Drawings 1

Marcin Schleifer has a talent for combining dissimilar objects into a whole which almost makes sense. His art sees giraffes grow smokestacks for necks, fish sprout gun stocks for tails, a cat having its middle whittled away like wood… it’s all rather unusual. Using either cues from our culture, or simply the shape of the objects themselves for inspiration, he draws them together into images which are intriguing, comic and sometimes even disturbing. [Read more...]

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Black Ink & Bits of Gold: Cosmic Images by Helen Vine

Thursday 04.04.2013 , Posted by

helen vine … little mummy ladies

Helen Vine is an illustrator living and working in the UK. Her work is mainly done in black ink, with some accents of color & gold. Her style conjures up the mystic properties of life, and things that fascinate her; death, life, decay, beauty, power, & want. Each of these themes are sprinkled throughout her illustrations; at once comfortable, & terrifying – sometimes in the same moment. Geisha’s stand or sit in deep thought, turned inward, or calmly taking in the scenes around them. Others look like they’re spewing rivers of the blackest blood from their mouths. This young illustrator is well on her way, already with many out-of-this-world cosmic illustrations… and each one is a treat. [Read more...]

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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

Wellingtons Travel Map of London 2

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

Mel Fischer 2

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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