Data + Design Project

Ramon Bruin Plays Tricks on Your Eyes Using Just Pencil and Paper

Saturday 12.14.2013 , Posted by
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When viewed at just the right angle, Ramon Bruin’s pencil drawings appear to pop right off of the paper. The self-taught, freelance artist proves that he has mastered the art of anamorphism with his latest collection of optical illusions. His photorealistic images combined with eyeball trickery have landed him an article in the upcoming 2014 edition of Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Based in the Netherlands, Bruin has many other artistic talents outside of drawing- painting with oil, acrylics, watercolors, and most favorably an airbrush. With over 9 years of experience in airbrushing, including a graduation from the Airbrush Academie in Lelystad, Bruin is a professional airbrush artist. He started his own company called JJK Airbrush. [Read more...]

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Carved Graphite: Miniature Pencil Sculptures

Thursday 03.14.2013 , Posted by

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Inspired by the original pencil sculptor, Dalton M. Ghetti, a Hungarian artist who goes by the name Cerkahegzyo on DeviantART has created some amazing copycat pieces along with some of his own innovations. Using razorblades, needles, and thread, he creates miniature objects in the graphite of pencils after filing away the wooden casing. From keys to chain links, coils, monsters and more it seems he will never run out of ideas. [Read more...]

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Elephants: An Enormous Carbon Pencil Mural

Monday 11.05.2012 , Posted by

Upon first looking at this impressive mural, one might think that it was created with paint, but this highly detailed piece was done entirely in carbon pencil. Adonna Khare created a whimsical world where animals live in harmony around 5 happy elephants. From afar it is easy to see the elephants, gorillas, and chimps, but upon closer examination, miniature versions of many other animals can be seen. Khare’s mural looks like a page out of an I SPY book where the longer you look at it the more you will discover. [Read more...]

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Geometric/Organic: Sculptures Carved from Pencils

Tuesday 10.30.2012 , Posted by

Did you know pencil sculpting was a thing? That’s right, using the common graphite filled writing device, artists are creating beautiful works of art which combine both the geometric, stackable nature of the lowly pencil, and the often organic forms of hand sculpted art. By glueing the hexagonal sticks of wood together and then carving the resulting block, large honeycomb-like structures can be created. Depending on if a colored pencil or graphite is used, the carved portions of the resulting forms reveal the inner writing material and form a flowing surface of pixilation. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #183> Everything Is Remixed

Sunday 05.06.2012 , Posted by



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Photo-Realistic Pencil Drawings Come to Life

Wednesday 05.02.2012 , Posted by

Paul Cadden’s work is astoundingly realistic. The detail, the shading, the long hours spent creating the large pencil drawings which emulate black and white photographs is just awe inspiring. Take a look at some of the challenging subjects Mr. Cadden decided to draw: elderly people, whose wrinkles tell a lifetime of hardship while reflecting on the present, drawings of youth sharing a smoking cigarette outside a bar, a reclining nude, the busy streets of New York and of Scotland. [Read more...]

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Pencil Head: Beautifully Animated Mayhem

Friday 10.21.2011 , Posted by

It’s difficult to describe the wild, manic trip taken in this animation by Qwaqa. With a smattering of pop cultural references and a strong anime vision, the film whisks you through captivating scene after scene, creatively transitioning to the next and keeping you guessing where it’s all headed. Giving the film its musical rhythm is Fat Boy Slim’s now classic, Right Here, Right Now [Read more...]

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Tension: The National Debt Plan

Tuesday 08.02.2011 , Posted by

With President Obama signing legislation to raise the debt ceiling just before a potential national default, few seem happy about the outcome, even the very people that voted for it. Here we bring you “Tension,” the latest drawing from Robbie Douglas. He says: “I wanted to do something regarding the debt situation that’s been taking the center stage of the news for the last week or so, the idea with the piece being that the fighting between the two parties has been essentially just a strain on the situation.” [Read more...]

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