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.

Incredibly Detailed Illustrations from PEZ’s 2014 Sketchbook

French illustrator PEZ (aka Pierre-Yves Riveau) has shared pages from his 2014 sketchbook, and it’s stunning work. The Nantes-based artist fills the pages of his 17×25 cm spiral bound book with impeccably detailed fantasy, each with his signature street-art aesthetic. Working in graphite and colored pencil, his wide-range of subjects journey all the way from the humorous and beautiful, to the political and grotesque.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?