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WATCH: Artist redraws a photo portrait from scratch in this timelapse

DeviantArt member viktoriyarova made a time-lapse video as she recreated a photo from scratch in Photoshop.

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1950s fashion from the cover of Life Magazine, 1914


In 1914, nudity was easy to imagine, but not gentlemen in public without hats.

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Mad Max: Muppet Road

JoopaDoops on Deviant Art explains:

“I love the Muppets so I tend to picture them as all kinds of pop culture phenoms. In this case, once I pictured Dr. Teeth as Immortan Joe, I had to make it happen. Painted in Photoshop CS4 in June 2015.”

Mad Max Mayhem [JoopaDoops/Deviant Art] (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

VIDEO: Can you pick out the hand-drawn leaf?

Illustrator Dino Tomic can draw trompe l'oeil leaves that look so realistic they are hard to tell apart from the real thing.

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Inspiring World Illustration Awards shortlist entries

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The Association of Illustrators and Directory of Illustration announced the shortlisted entries for this year's World Illustration Awards, including Grahame Baker Smith's Alice in Wonderland commemorative stamp for Royal Mail, above. Others include:

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Jack Kirby's glorious, psychedelic Lord of Light black-light posters


Heavy Metal is bringing a limited-edition set of black-light posters depicting Jack Kirby's gorgeous Lord of Light concept art, whose beauty is only outstripped by its incredibly strange origin-story.

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Print combines all the Haunted Mansion stretch-room gags


Actualchad writes, "An aura of foreboding permeates this community of foolish mortals, as their perils combine into a vexing misfortune of exaggerated proportions!"

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Earl Norem's Conan


Norem's art set the tone of hyper-macho pulp men's magazines in the sixties, and he carried the style over to Marvel's Savage Sword of Conan, with barbarian-and-babe covers that oozed testosterone and unreconstructed chauvinism.

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Beautiful imaginary Hungarian money


Barbara Bernát designed a series of fanciful Hungarian euro notes for her MA project at the University of West Hungary.

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Vintage Monster Valentines


In 1966, Topps issued a series of "Frankenstein Valentine Stickers" that have only improved with age.

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Yuri Shwedoff's captivating postapocalyptic fantasyscapes

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Artist Yuri Shwedoff from the Russian Federation creates disturbingly beautiful postapocalyptic illustrations with familiar elements.

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Recipe: picture book that introduces sloppy cooking and social engineering


At my house, we've fallen in love with Recipe, a 2013 picture book about a little girl who tells her good-sport mom that it's time she learned to cook, and hands over a set of ingredients for Mom to buy, including a new puppy, a Cleveland Browns sweatshirt, a helmet, a water squirter, and 20 bags of marshmallows.

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An animator's sketches from the LA County Jail


Elana Pritchard (see her kickstarter), an animator who is a protege of Ralph Bakshi, was thrown in the scandal haunted LA County Jail for three months for violating a court order; on Bakshi's advice, she kept herself sane by illustrating her experiences using a golf pencil and scrap paper.

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Highly specialized tattoos


Link: the artist is Eric Brunning of Vancouver's Adorned (via JWZ)

Western fairy tale characters as traditional Korean characters


Korean games illustrator Na Young Wu has an amazing series of illustrations called "Korean Western Fairy Tales," in which she redesigns familiar characters from western fairy tales (including several that have been adapted by Disney) and remakes them as traditional Korean characters.

Na Young Wu is a character illustration artist for games, and in what she calls her "Korean Western Fairy Tale" series, she uses her talents to reimagine familiar characters. Sometimes she uses the color palettes from Disney films, but in other pieces, she focuses on putting her own spin on the stories. You can see more of her Eastern-Western fairy tale illustrations on Twitter—and if you somehow still haven't enough of Frozen, she has her own take on Elsa on her blog.

Western Fairytales Get A Korean Makeover In Gorgeous Illustrations [Lauren Davis/IO9]

Bilious Alka-Seltzer shill, 1942


Hard to imagine a contemporary ad headed with a picture showing a man who's just vomited into his mouth.

Robert E. McGinnis - the king of paperback cover art

Today, people buy books on Amazon based on recommendations and reviews. But before that, people browsed in bookstores, airport kiosks, drug stores, and newsstands with precious little information to go on (unless the author was famous). That’s why cover art was so important – shoppers judged books by their cover. And the best cover artist of the mid-20th century was Robert E McGinnis. A new book, The Art of Robert E McGinnis, showcases this major talent.

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