Thirteen years before a human ever traveled to outer space, on June 11, 1948, a heroic rhesus monkey named Albert made the journey, paving the way for future astronauts. Sadly Albert died of suffocation during the flight, but he was the first of many test monkeys. Before Albert only fruit flies had been sent to space, but he was the predecessor to monkeys Albert II through Albert VI, Gordo, Able, Sam, Miss Sam, Ham, and Enos among several other animals. Based in Budapest, Hungary, designer Norbert Mayer gives an illustrated history lesson on our animal friend space travelers in the images below. [Read more…]
We all have a special “mirror face”- the way we look at ourselves when we’re staring back at our reflection. For some it’s a critical eye scanning for every flaw, for others it’s a satisified “looking good!” but while we’re doing something in the mirror, it seems many of us make the same faces. Estonian artist Heikki Leis has captured these mirror moments perfectly with his pencil drawings called Everyday Reflections. He includes the relaxed, pouty ‘putting on make-up face,’ the squinched ‘popping a chin pimple face,’ the brace for pain ‘plucking eyebrows face,’ and of course the side-smooched, ‘tighten the cheek for shaving face.’ The graphite drawings feature everyday Estonians, but the faces for each mirror activity are universally human. [Read more…]
Inspired by artists like Banksy, Malaysian artist Tang Chiew Ling creates minimalist stencil-like silhouettes, but then she adds a fanciful twist. For this series called Object Art: 1, Ling adds leaves to each of her illustrations to tell a playful story. A couple holding hands beneath a rain cloud of leaf matter, a bundle of leaf balloons, and a little girl blowing bubbles of leaves are some of the whimsical images she has created. Ling is a freelance graphic designer who loves to illustrate on the side. She has another Object Art project that uses cotton balls in a similar narrative way. [Read more…]
If walls could talk, they probably wouldn’t be nearly as funny as these other everyday objects- like blue cheese, onions, hammers, and light bulbs. Freelance illustrator and designer Jaco Haasbroek has created this hilarious series of minimalist characters speaking what’s on their “minds”. The set, called Food, Object or Animal is comprised of little acrylic and ink paintings on paper with handwritten speech text in all caps. From cheese that’s “mature for his age” to shivering “chilly” peppers, Haasbroek will have you thinking about how to personify all of the foods and objects you come into contact with. [Read more…]
Starting with a simple free form shape, illustrator David Habben lets his pencil squiggle whichever way it wants to. Once a shape is achieved, he fills it in with a unique character one step at a time. Each spirit evolves to have its own narrative as he slowly fills in the space. Most of his drawings are created using India ink on Arches Aquarelle pigment paper without any sketching- see process shots here. According to Socialphy, Habben- based in Salt Lake City- has done editorial design, children’s book illustration, interactive design, storyboards, logo design, advertisement, and apparel design throughout the course of his career.
Somewhere between the real world and our daydreams lies Bas Waijers’ Bedoodled series. The Brooklyn-based graphic designer, originally from the Netherlands, enhances his city photography with adorable little characters doodled in blue ink. From Clifford sized pets napping over an abandoned building, to monster bees buzzing above the trash cans, to shy guys hiding in the vents and rusted corners, Waijers brings ordinary photos into a fun, fantasy land. With his sketchbook in hand, as he goes about his life in NYC, Waijers imagines more lively versions of the reality before him and shares his fun, creative visions by sketching them out and inserting them into the original setting. [Read more…]