How to be less socially awkward around the world, in cartoons

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Thursday 9 July 2015

Kiss? Hug? Or shake hands? Cartoon and illustrator Sarah Glidden, who professes to be often confused about how to greet the people in her life, has summed up her many musings and anecdotes in this excellent comic about the social awkwardness of greeting people in different places: “We somehow have a hard time keeping our signals straight.” Funny and true.

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If Studio Ghibli film posters were made as traditional Japanese wood-cut prints

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Wednesday 8 July 2015

Inspired by legendary Japanese artists like Kawase Hasui and Hayao Miyazaki, Texas-based illustrator Bill Mudron has come up with a series of posters that merge past and present art forms.

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There are two kinds of people in this world: which one are you?

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Thursday 11 June 2015

There are two kinds of people in this world – those that love The Beatles and those that have never heard of them. And so the game begins.

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Illustrations of dogs look like they’re interacting with real-life objects

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Monday 8 June 2015

Even on paper they’re still the cutest things ever. Russian illustrator Valerie Susik not only creates realistic portraits of dogs, she also brings them to life by having them interact with real objects.

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Kiwis try to label the different parts of Australia and the stereotypes are hilarious

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Friday 5 June 2015

In a recent BuzzFeed article, a bunch of New Zealanders were given a blank map of Australia and were asked to label the empty spaces, showing their neighbours what they really thought about them.

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Coffee cups are transformed into works of art by this Aussie illustrator

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Friday 29 May 2015

Someone get this man a city building to doodle on, stat! Aussie illustrator Adrian Hogan is based in Tokyo and he’s found a little niche in the field of illustration. His canvas is a simple coffee cup and his muse is the lively city of Tokyo.

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Wry comic paintings by Brooklyn artist, Dave Ellis

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By Kate Farrall in New Art on Saturday 16 May 2015

Brooklyn artist, Dave Ellis turns his comic-style sketches into large paintings that reveal many wry truths about his life. His sarcastic sensibilities shine through as he pokes fun at the way he lived when sex, drugs and rock-n-roll were his anthem.

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Artist illustrates unique words that have no other translations elsewhere

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Friday 15 May 2015

In her series ‘Untranslatable Words’, UK-based artist Marija Tiurina visualizes unique words that have no translations in other languages. Collected from various countries, the words convey all-too familiar situations and experiences that amazingly even the English language – with its over one million words – fails to translate.

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Illustrations perfectly capture how women feel during their periods

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Monday 11 May 2015

So that’s why they’re so cranky during that time of the month. Rhode Island School of Design student, Layla Ehsan, has come up with an on-going series of illustrations that visualizes the torture women go through during menstruation.

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Illustrator continues to hilariously torture his cartoon character with his bare hands

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Friday 8 May 2015

When we last saw Chicago-based artist Alex Solis, he was engaged in battle with his interactive cartoon character. Now he’s back with more gruesome illustrations, showing us the continuation of his funny series, ‘Inkteraction’.

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Enthralling time lapse video of Jay Z drawn with coloured pencils

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Thursday 7 May 2015

Self-taught artist Burch Scribbles has some amazing talent. He’s produced an illustration of Jay Z that’s so photorealistic, you’d think you were looking at a real photo.

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Illustrations explain what different Australian idioms actually mean

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Friday 1 May 2015

Flat out like a drinking lizard? Mad as a cut snake? Popular Aussie idioms can get pretty confusing (not to mention really wacky), that’s why travel site ‘HotelClub’ and illustrator Jared Atkins have come up with a series of delightful illustrations that explain some of them.

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All the buildings in Sydney, illustrated beautifully by Aussie artist James Hancock

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Thursday 30 April 2015

James Hancock is one of those illustrators who makes drawings so unique and quirky, you just can’t turn away from them. He ‘panics that he may not be able to draw everything in the world… at least once’, which is why Hancock has finally released an incredible ode to his hometown of Sydney, Australia, complete with all the quirks we’ve come to know from this Aussie illustrator.

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These pajamas are works of art and help support the Australian creative community

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By Jessica Millar in New Fashion on Tuesday 28 April 2015

Pyjama label Canvas Australia has partnered with Sydney creative Cecilia Humphrey for the latest collection, The Dreamer.

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Cute and weird creatures by Hong Kong graffiti artist, Bao Ho

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By Maggie Ng in New Art on Friday 24 April 2015

Hong Kong’s street art scene has been slowly but surely blooming. Like the greenery in this city, bits of it have been gradually peeking out from behind the greyness of the sidewalks and skyscrapers, adding splashes of colour that brighten up this concrete jungle. With international street artists like French mosaic master Invader contributing their pieces to the walls of the SAR, and street art festivals such as HKWalls being held around town, the people’s appetite for visual stimulation amid the concrete jungle has been whetted.

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