A Man is Illustrating All 100k Items in His Late Grandfather’s Tool Shed

Artist Lee John Phillips is in the midst of an impressive undertaking. The resident of Narberth (Arberth), Wales is illustrating every single object in his late grandfather’s toolshed. That amounts to over 100,000 items—every nut, bolt, washer and old hammer. Phillips estimates the project will take about 5 years.

Elias Poland Drew Everything He Bought for a Year

Elias Poland spent his 22nd year recording life in a journal, but unlike most people, he didn’t stick to written accounts of the day, love interests or introspection on the meaning of life (although there’s some of that). Feeling he hadn’t been drawing enough, Elias hit on an idea that would encourage creative output: he’d draw a picture of everything he bought for the whole year.

“From coffee to scabies medication, I drew everything.”

Tools of the Trade: 8 Creators and the Pens, Pencils and Markers They Love

Being creative doesn’t take any specific tool, but after years of work and exploration we all develop our favorites. Maybe the ink from that pen flows just right or makes the perfect tiny dots. Maybe that marker has the color with the most punch. You know what’s best and so do these artists using pens, pencils or markers. We rounded up 8 from past features to learn which tool they like to keep close, and what kind of work they’ve used them for.

Charming Animated Illustrations from Japanese Artist Maori Sakai

Japanese illustrator Maori Sakai has been drawing charming scenes of those special moments in everyday life, then animating them with a lively happiness that’s simply infectious. Many of her drawings have positive messages that flash through their moving scenes and remind us to focus on the simple and good things in life. “Happiness is by your side” or “Take it easy”.

Italian Man Spends 10 years Illustrating and Handwriting the Bible

Italian retiree Dino Mazzoli had a vision: to create a visually inspiring and heartfelt version of the Bible, as they did long ago. Before the printing press was invented, old manuscripts of the Bible were beautifully handwritten, illustrated, and preserved. But the press allowed the book to be easily replicated, and thus the artistic beauty of the text fell by the wayside. Yet for Mazzoli, the old style held more allure. So he set out on a personal journey to create his own version—word by word.

Wonderfully Illustrative Fine-Line Tattoos by Istanbul’s Bicem Sinik

Istanbul-based tattoo artist Bicen Sinik has an impressive talent for creating intricate, fine-line illustrations on skin. Like the Los Angeles-based Dr. Woo (who we featured just last week), she has a knack for creating high-contrast linear and stippled pieces with a minimal amount of shading.

Surreal Illustrations by Michael Kerbow

Michael Kerbow is a San Francisco-based artist who explores the potential pitfalls of an unregulated society. He does this through his surreal paintings that depict such scenes as piles of cars, endless buildings, and industrial overload. His work is detailed, captivating, and at times scary.

Mad Men is Back, and It’s Getting Illustrated

The mid-century goodness of Mad Men will return to AMC on April 5th, and we can hardly wait for the final seven episodes. The exceptional Matthew Weiner-created drama has spanned the entire strange decade of the ‘60s and it’s been a wonderful ride. Along the way, New York-based illustrator Dyna Moe (previously) has been capturing key moments from each episode on her hit site Mad Men Illustrated.

It’s All How You Look At It: Fixed Perspective Fun With White Paper and Black Marker

Is there anything cooler than anamorphic art? Whether simple or complex, seeing 2D art jump from a page is pretty flipping awesome. Copenhagen based artist Husmitnavn is having loads of fun in his latest series. He folds, crumples, and tears paper to make simple, unique drawings that appear to come alive when viewed from the right angle.

Wrap Yourself in Nature: Virginia Lee’s Enchanting Illustrations

English artist Virginia Lee imagines a world filled with the surreal and fantastical. Her illustrations often feature magical landscapes so welcoming the inhabitants can wrap the earth around themselves like a warm blanket. If you’ve ever been enchanted by the quiet woods on a long walk, you know how the world can envelop you in this way.