I was sure I’d misread the description when I first found these amazing drawings by Samuel Silva. How could they not be photos? Believe it or not, these colorful, photo-realistic images were created using ballpoint pens or graphite and charcoal. What’s the secret to the amazing resemblance to photographs? Huge amounts of time and incredible attention to […]
Who is Jensine Eckwall? The answer to that question has been quite pleasant. Jensine is a recent gradute from the School of Visual Arts, who’s work has already been published by clients such as The New York Times and Plansponsor. She swept the Society of Illustrator’s Student Competitions with Scholarships awards, and has a promising […]
Helen Jones stunning charcoal drawings are explosively powerful and wonderfully crafted. They conjure space, light, power and serve as a stark reminder of the force of mother nature. Her piece, In The Wake, is so absorbing that you find yourself invited into the plume, however dangerous it looks.
Sometimes artists draw still life. Sometimes artists do portraits. Sometimes some artists find it’s needed to not only stray away from a more conventional path, but to pull its pants down and examine its naughty bits. This is where Birdfood’s artwork pulls out its magnifying glass and goes to town.
Cats In The Alley started as two soul mate cats who were living in an alley. Dizzy and Tabs are punk rock cats who like books and libraries and making things out of stuff thoughtless people have thrown out. They don’t like eminent domain and things that would ruin the alley. What I really think? […]
After 20 years or so of making provocative disturbing art, Makoto Aida is currently having a retrospective exhibition of his huge body of work at Mori Art Museum — which, in them, coincidentally run up a high body count of mostly expressionless salarymen and school girls with Aida favoring dark themes like dismemberment, mutilation and […]
Genius! Toronto-based Terry Fan mixes traditional ink and graphite with Photoshop to create these classy studio portraits of Star Wars icons as Victorian dignitaries. There’s Lord Vader in a top coat and top hat, Chancellor Chewie looking grand with a monocle and pocket watch, Sir Yoda suited up for the occasion, Earl of Eisley enjoying […]
Free Crappy Portraits is an awesome site where you can send in a photo and some information about you or the people in the picture and get back a crappy, yet hilarious, reinterpretation of it. There are dozens of artists, so the portraits vary in style and personality. Seriously, who doesn’t want a free crappy […]
Indonesian artist Veri Apriyatno has drawn himself into eternity. His hyperirealistic art is extremely detailed and well thought out. He creates illusions similar to those of M.C. Escher except with more personality and humor. At first glance, it’s honestly hard to tell if it’s only drawings or if Apriyatno is actually standing next to his […]
After reading of some of the recent record sales at the large art auction houses, it got me thinking: art should not only be available to the wealthy, but available for anyone. Hence, this year I’m creating 365 unique drawings, posting an image per day, and giving every one of them away.
Jason D’Aquino refers to himself as a miniaturist and no one can doubt that when you see the size of his detailed graphite drawings of icons of pop culture, common objects, and his own creations that are only a inch or so in size which he creates with high powered magnifiers. He chooses to work […]
Irina Vinnik keeps an incredible sketch book. Most people use their personal notebooks full of unfinished ideas, but her pages are filled with amazing drawings and illustrations. Everything from beautifully detailed calendar pages to gorgeous book illustrations, Vinnik’s art brings hand lettering and illustration to a whole new level of expertise.
Belgian multidisciplinary visual artist Ben Heine started his Pencil vs Camera project in 2010, an inspirational juxtaposition of photography and photography. Every captured image has his fingers holding up a penciled drawing that overlaps whatever is being photographed. Love how a meeting of two worlds leads to the creation of a new one with a […]
Iam Toxi is a London-based illustrator/graphic designer whose work has caught my attention. I’m going to the UK for the first time at the end of this week, and seeing Toxi’s illustrations has ignited my passion for all things British.
Nick Chaboya is a well-known San Francisco-based tattoo artist who is involved in numerous creative endeavors outside the realm of tattooing. Raking Light Projects recently produced a triptych of Chaboya’s works titled Fruit of Thy Womb, Flower of Life and Special Spirit. Originally created with watercolor on paper, they are available on rakinglightprojects.com as limited […]