A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars: a child's garden of infinity

In A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars, Seth Fishman and illustrator Isabel Greenberg (previously) present a the astounding, nearly incomprehensible size of the universe in a picture book that even the very youngest readers will delight in; when I blurbed it, I wrote "Dazzling: the astounding, mind-boggling scale of the magnificent universe and our humbling and miraculous place in it, rendered in pictures and words that the youngest readers will understand."

Watch illustrator Kasey Golden draw a character on successively tinier pieces of paper

Kasey Golden wondered how small she could draw one of her characters. She started with a 5 x 7 inch piece of paper, penciled the character, inked it, then colored it. She then repeated the process on successively tinier pieces of paper until her pen was too big. The 1/4 X 1/4 inch looked good! Read the rest

Photorealistic "anatomical" fish pencil-cases

Keiko Otsuhata created a set of three "anatomical fish zip-bags" for Colossal, in kinme, saury, and sea bream. They're $18 each. Read the rest

Vibrant concept art for Chinese electronics firm

Electronics manufacturer Xiaomi commissioned designer Rik Oostenbroek to create these cool abstract wallpapers. Read the rest

Amazing illustrations from a doodle pad printed with a partially completed drawing of a naked woman

Artist David Jablow has created another series of great illustrations using a "doodle pad" printed with a partially completed drawing of a naked woman.

I've posted about David's work in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Read the rest

Escape into the absurd world of illustrator/cartoonist Alex Gamsu Jenkins

If you want to escape the real world for a bit, escape into the vivid, satirical artwork of illustrator/cartoonist Alex Gamsu Jenkins.

Jenkins is from the suburbs of London and graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2015. He describes his work as an exploration of "satirical and critical subject matter through a distinctive and vivid style.” He also tries to “avoid the pretence but wallow in humour, whilst touching on the absurd and surreal."

Jenkins' work has appeared in Juxtapoz, The New York Times, Vice, Society Magazine, and many other notable publications. Much of his work is disturbing and creepy, but in a fun way by creating an entire reality of its own -- one that feels like a chaotic and absurd dream.

Juxtapoz recently posted some wildly cool pieces by Jenkins on its website. You can check all of them out here.

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Cool animal illustrations by Maxim Shkret

Russian artist Maxim Shkret has developed wonderful layered illustration style with a 3D effect. Here are some of his animals. Read the rest

Shark cats: delightful portraits of terror

Brynn Metheny is the undisputed master of mashing up cats and sharks into delightful creatures. Her original series was so popular, she created a sequel this year. Read the rest

Artist creates dollops of paint that are actually colored pencil illustrations

CJ Hendry creates large pencil sketches that mix hyperrealism with fantasy. After working mainly in black and white, she jumped to color in a big way with her series of colorful paint smears. Read the rest

Acting Madly: the secret history of the lost MAD-alike magazines of the satire boom

It's been a bumper year for documentary evidence of the lost, weird history of MAD Magazine: first there was the gorgeous hardcover that uncovered the two-issue, unlimited-budget Trump Magazine (created by MAD's founding editor Harvey Kurtzman after a falling out with publisher William Gaines, Jr, operating with a bankroll provided by Hugh "Playboy" Hefner); now there's Behaving Madly, which assembles a timeline of the short-lived, incredibly proliferated MAD rip-offs that popped up as Kurtzman and his successor proved that there was big bucks to be found in satire.

Pop culture detritus illustrated as abandoned, overgrown ruins

What would some of the most iconic items of recent pop culture look like if they were real, enormous, and left to rot away? Filip Hodas explores the possibilities in his cool illustrations. Read the rest

Interview with the first artist in the US to be convicted of artistic obscenity

Brian H writes, "Cartoonist Mike Diana is the first artist in the US to receive a criminal conviction for artistic obscenity. Here he recounts (MP3) the trial that barred him from drawing for three years and has made it impossible for him to return to Florida nearly 25 years later." Read the rest

Gorgeous "Monster Zen" book of Japanese-styled monsters with haiku

Chet Phillips's Monster Zen is a book of 16 beautiful, "Japanese-styled" drawings of monsters, accompanied by haikus by the artist -- you can get the book for $24 or get individual prints. Read the rest

NIGHTGARDENERS: eerie familiarity, illustrated

Belgian artist Jan Pypers created NIGHTGARDENERS, a series of evocative photorealistic illustrations depicting nighttime scenes that are both recognizable and foreign. Each invites the viewer to make up a story. Read the rest

The Big Bad Fox: hilarious tale of predators, parenting, and poultry

Benjamin Renner's hit French comic The Big Bad Fox isn't just being adapted as an animated feature, it's also now available in English, thanks to the good graces of Firstsecond, whose translation keeps and even enhances all the comic timing of the original.

Pictures of dinosaurs, by a flower-drawing algorithm

Chris Rodley fed some pictures of dinosaurs to a "style transfer" machine-learning system that had been trained to draw flowers, and this was the gorgeous result. (via Kottke) Read the rest

Cute single-panel comic about relationships

Yehuda Devir and his wife Maya are both artists, so it was natural for him to create a charming illustrated blog of their relationship. Read the rest

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