Intricate 3D paper typography by Sabeena Karnik


Mumbia-based illustrator Sabeena Karnik specializes in forming strips of paper into intricate typography. Below is a sequence showing creation of her piece for a radio station. Read the rest

Illustrator is drawing every item in his late grandfather's tool shed


Artist Lee John Phillips has begun to lovingly draw the over 100,000 items housed in his late grandfather's toolshed. He plans to catalog every single tool, part, gadget, and bit of hardware over the course of the next five years.

I adore old tools and hardware, and I find that his illustration style is wonderful at capturing their essence. I'll be following along on his Instagram page, and would certainly purchase a print edition should he make one available (hint, hint).

Artist Celebrates Late Grandfather by Drawing the 100,000+ Items in His Tool Shed (Thanks, Oh Soon!) Read the rest

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. Read the rest

1950s fashion from the cover of Life Magazine, 1914

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

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!) Read the rest

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. Read the rest

Inspiring World Illustration Awards shortlist entries


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: Read the rest

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. Read the rest

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!" Read the rest

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. Read the rest

Beautiful imaginary Hungarian money

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

Vintage Monster Valentines

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

Yuri Shwedoff's captivating postapocalyptic fantasyscapes


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

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. Read the rest

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. Read the rest

Highly specialized tattoos

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

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] Read the rest

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