Partir: Two Characters Travel Beyond the Walls

In this charming French short film, Partir, two lovable characters take a journey on the walls of the city. They share romance, jump through the rain, swim through the ocean… and all animated on the highly textured walls of the warn city. Each frame was drawn with chalk on a different wall, lending the film a quick staccato beat of cracking paint, pipes, cables, and around-the-corner glimpses of street life.

Break Dancers: Illustrating Motion

These brilliant break dancer illustrations will make any designer/illustrator want to bust a move. Created by French artist Florian Nicolle (aka Neo), each sketch like drawing carries with it the spirit of fast movements accurately performed. Seemingly to emphasize this effect, Neo has included Cartesian-like coordinate systems with swooping arrows and jotted notes about jump heights. It’s as if these were meant to show us how to perform these challenging moves.

A Body of Gorgeous Illustration

Here we bring you the work of one impressive and prolific artist. His work, featured in periodicals far and wide, spans a range of subjects not often seen from one artist – from architecture and animals, to sports and romance, his work is all done with a delicious signature illustration style. The artist we speak of is Richard Wilkinson, and his art, regardless of subject matter, has a look which speaks to the emotional sensibilities, often with a surreal quality which is hard to quickly put a finger on. Each of his images seems to tell a story, often a poignant one which crosses the boundary between reality and a vivid imagination.

Gloriously Detailed Hand Lettering with Pen and Pencil

With the hand of a classic sign artist and the detail of a watchmaker, Stockholm based artist Martin Schmetzer makes hand drawn lettering with an addictive quality. His works are created using just his hand, a pencil or a pen and a lot of practiced skill. Many of his works look like they’ve sprung out of the victorian age, perhaps off labels advertising a locally brewed beer… or perhaps some snake oil.

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Subtly Subliminal: Clever Illustrations by Sachin Teng

Crossing the line between the analog and digital era, artist Sachin Teng makes illustrations which tease the mind with creativity and subtle commentary on the world we inhabit. His works carry a heavy influence of gaming and comic love, creating fantasies which jump handily between the worlds of fantasy and reality. These combined dualities of analog/digital – fantasy/reality lend themselves well to his art, which often conveys a surprising message hidden under its attractive surface. As he puts it, “art is the original subliminal message.”

Beautiful Art Drawn on Disposable Cups

We’ve all written our names on styrofoam cups before, and maybe even doodled a bit… but what about creating full-fledged art on the tiny cups? Malaysian artist Cheeming Boey takes the lightweight objects and illustrates exceptional scenes on their round surface, only revealing their full story as you turn the cup and see it from all angles.

Wasteland Wanderlust: Derelict Vehicle Drawings

Paul White has been obsessed with cars since a young age, loving trips to find parts in the wrecking yards of his childhood home in western Sydney. Surrounded by the car culture of his area, he drew the hot cars of his era… a passion which later developed into work in the professional art world and a style uniquely his own.

Triangulation: Angular Celebrities Drawn with a Pen

Like a web of cross-hatching gone wild, 20-year old English artist Josh Bryan creates fantastically cool celebrity portraits using just a black pen. That’s right, this isn’t computer illustrated work. His portraits, which he appropriately calls Triangulations, see well-known people – like Marilyn Monroe, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Knoxville and even Albert Einstein – represented using his linear, web-like style.

Walking Shadows of Rainbow Collage

Shadows simplify the world around us in extremely beautiful ways. These silhouettes of blocked light show us the presence of an object, revealing only slight details about what it could be, but often creating something with even more character than the object casting it. There is something powerful in the simplified outlines of objects… and designer Jason Ratliff knows this well.