Glamourous Cadillac Ads from the Height of The Great Depression

Things couldn’t get much more dismal for auto makers than the year 1931. Unemployment was nearing its all time high during The Great Depression leaving car buyers with empty pockets and manufacturers struggling to make ends meet. Most companies played it safe on expenditures, but Cadillac doubled down with a multitude of sleek models and better advertising than ever. They went to Europe and hired French illustrator Léon Bénigni to create a large collection of ads that were positively dripping with glamour.

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Cartoonists Respond to the Shooting at Charlie Hebdo

By now you’ve heard about the tragic shooting at the office of cartoon-filled, satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, leaving 12 dead and 3 suspected gunmen on the loose in an apparent militant Islamist attack. As the world comes to grips with the violent event, people have rallied together in solidarity with the cry of Je suis Charlie (“I am Charlie”), and #JesuisCharlie on Twitter. Most appropriately, cartoonists around the world are picking up their pens and pencils to show support for their slain colleagues. Here is a selection of their heartfelt responses to the ongoing events.

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Portraits of World Leaders as Hipsters

Artist Amit Shimoni often found himself thinking about the motivations and beliefs of the world’s leaders, past and present. Then he wondered, how did they compare to the millennial generation? Taking particular notice of a millennial’s consideration for fashion and style, and decided to create a series of some of these famous leaders from the past in “hipster” fashion.

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Illustrator Adds Funny Cartoons to Stranger’s Instagram Photos

London-based, Brazilian-born illustrator Lucas Levitan has a humorous ongoing project. He’s been grabbing stranger’s images off Instagram and adding his own characters with funny and awkward results. His additions often transform rather benign photographs into something altogether ridiculous and unexpected – like beachgoers being vacuumed up by a gigantic woman, or a man playing harp with the cables on a bridge.

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Mosaic Faces Accompany A Spread For Psychology Today

For a magazine spread about love, fear, and change, Antonio Rodrigues Jr. re-edited some of his early illustration work. The unique portraits have mosaic features in swirls of nature. Birds, butterflies, and flowers swarm the portraits and text in a special style. The article asks three questions. Who do we love? Why do we change? What do we fear?

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A World Filled with Light and Love, Illustrated by Pascal Campion

Illustrator Pascal Campion has a big heart, and every one of his artworks shows it. That’s saying a lot too, because he’s amassed well over 3000 sketches since he started his Sketch of the Day project in 2006. At that point in his life he was short on time, but starting that challenging project has garnered him more exposure and fans (he calls them friends) than he could ever have expected. Just take a look at this small selection of his work and you’ll easily see why.

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Ramon Bruin’s 3D Anamorphic Illustrations Just Got Even More Extravagant With Multi Layered Illusions

Since we last covered his work, Ramon Bruin has been adding even more complexity to his illustration repertoire. He calls his anamorphic drawing/ photography combo “Optical Illusionism” and has added “Multi Layered Illusions” to his specialties. Using multiple sheets of paper he creates images that look like stacked towers when viewed from just the right angle. His drawings are done mostly in graphite pencil with an occasional colored pencil, ink, or acrylic to add a splash of color.

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2D Illustrations Seem to Pop Out of Lined Notebook Pages

It would be easy to mistake these images for three-dimensional bas reliefs, but they’re actually completely flat, two-dimensional drawings. Artist João A. Carvalho (aka J Desenhos) creates convincing illusions where it seems his drawings are popping out of a notebook’s blue-lined page.

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Springfield from The Simpsons Illustrated as a Dark and Moody Town

No matter how dark the humor on the Simpsons’ can get, the iconic show always has that bright cheery aesthetic we’ve grown to love. Austin-based artist and illustrator Tim Doyle had another look in mind when he started his UnReal Estate series back in 2012, re-envisioning the worlds of fictional television shows as dark and rundown places. His Simpsons-themed work is fantastically moody and might give you the impression Springfield is far from fictional.

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Artist Illustrates the Crazy Creatures He Sees in the Clouds

Like many of us who look up at the sky, Spanish creative/copywriter Martín Feijoó has been seeing things in the clouds. Finding interesting formations, he’s photographed them and returned to his home in Madrid to bring them to life – at least in pen & ink form.

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