Imaginative pop culture icons drawn by Fabian Ciraolo

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By Michelle Wilding in New Illustration on Friday 26 July 2013

I love everything about Fab Ciraolo’s artwork: the hues, warped placement, and his imagination. In particular, I dig the way he magically portrays characters and pop icons (Ms. Monroe, The Exorcist, Dorothy, Mother Teresa, Edward Scissor Hands and Aaliyah, to name a few). It’s seductive, you can’t ignore it.

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Illustrations of grown-up cartoons by Celeste Pille

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By Michelle Wilding in New Illustration on Friday 26 July 2013

Nebraskan-born Celeste Pille has put our kiddy-imaginations to rest, drawing images of popular cartoon characters appearing adult-like and all grown up! Those who watched Rug Rats, Hey Arnold, Pepper Ann and The Magic School Bus in the 90’s will understand.

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Jay-Z’s 99 problems illustrated by Ali Graham

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Illustration on Thursday 18 July 2013

This Tumblr just goes to show that ‘even world famous rappers have problems’. Ali Graham illustrates one of Jay-Z’s “99 problems” every day for 99 days, giving Jay-Z’s lyrics a whole new meaning. These illustrations are hilariously witty, and now you have something to look forward to for the next 53 days.

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In The Wake: charcoal drawings by Helen Jones

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By Anthony Garratt in New Art on Monday 27 May 2013

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.

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Chris Write’s Sports Cheeses: beautifully illustrated cheese puns

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By Anthony Garratt in New Illustration on Monday 27 May 2013

Chris Write’s determination to relieve folk of the hum-drum of the daily ‘rind is aptly demonstrated in his awesome new selection of sports cheeses; beautifully crafted cheese puns illustrated in Wright’s inimitable style. Jamie Oliver is evidently a fan and I have also just ordered my slice of the action.

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Customized Facebook ‘likes’ for superheroes

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Wednesday 22 May 2013

Bogotá-based creative Jaime Calderón personalized the ubiquitous Facebook ‘like’ icon to suit every prolific superhero out there: Spiderman, Superman, Wolverine, The Thing, Captain America, Batman, Iron Man, Hulk, Wonder Woman, Thor… the one for Flash isn’t even really in full sight. Brilliant.

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Illustrated baboons for Black Spires’s music video

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By Nicola Smanio in New Music on Saturday 18 May 2013

This video by Dutch illustrator and animator Kristof Luyckx is so simple and effective that it’s pure genius. The animation is very well done (just look at the drummer smoothly banging away) and rendered in Luyckx’s trademark black and white style. What about Black Spires, though? Never heard of them, but I must say I […]

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Jim’ll Paint It

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Cool Websites on Saturday 20 April 2013

Jim’ll Paint It is a Tumblr blog where a guy named Jim illustrates wacky reader-submitted stories using only Microsoft Paint and his imagination. He’s pretty talented, and his blog is definitely entertaining. So, what do you want Jim to paint?

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Exotic landscapes by Asakura Kouhei

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By Annie Churdar in New Illustration on Friday 19 April 2013

Have a hankering for Hawaii? Check out these gorgeous illustrated landscapes by Asakura Kouhei. They are so colourful and exotic, and just in time for summer in the US, too.

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Beautifully twisted fashion illustrations by Priscilla Ainhoa Griscti

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By Contributions in New Illustration on Wednesday 6 March 2013

Priscilla Ainhoa Griscti is a self-taught visual artist living/working in Malta. Her illustrations depict tumultuous interior emotions as being expressed through outward form. Her artworks often lend themselves to anthropomorphic and surrealistic imagery that further expresses the subconscious thoughts behind her dream-like vision.

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Illustrations by Malaysian artist Tang Yau Hoong

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By Mareike Muller in New Illustration on Thursday 7 February 2013

The charismatic illustrations of Malaysian Tang Yau Hoong are created by using negative space. It’s a very clever way to play around with the visual illusion you achieve by using the space you usually do not use.

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Awesome street art by Brooklyn-based Australian The Yok

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By Mareike Muller in New Art on Tuesday 22 January 2013

Even though The Yok lives in Brooklyn nowadays, we can call his street art Australian, because that’s where he’s originally from: Perth. The loopy characters with the awesome staches and beards do not only look good on walls, but also on canvas, as paintings and illustrations. His potato headed gargoyles have been exhibited around the world, from Berlin to Taipei, and his success doesn’t seem to stagnate. So if you love surfing like The Yok does, keep your eyes open for an original artwork close to your local beach, too.

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Scary-cute art and tattoos by Vancouver’s Nomi Chi

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By Mareike Muller in New Art on Thursday 10 January 2013

Let´s chop and slice some things and, voilá, the result is some scary but cute art. This method doesn’t work for every artist: some do work that is just bizarre. But Vancouver-based artist Nomi Chi found the thin line between odd and adorable in her creations. She finds her inspiration from daily chaos and transforms it into tactile imagery, very often referring to geometry.

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Alice in Wonderland illustrations by Salvador Dali

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Art on Friday 4 January 2013

These rare, lesser-known Salvador Dali illustrations of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland are intriguing and surreal. These illustrations were compiled into a book and sold on Amazon for $12,900. It’s interesting to see such a famous artist’s interpretation of an even more famous novel.

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Art Invades Life by Bakea

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Illustration on Wednesday 26 December 2012

Madrid-based illustrator Juan Carlos Paz (Bakea) series entitled Art Invades Life involves whimsical creatures placed into real-life scenes. Bakea’s clever and fun illustrations look oddly believable, for some reason.

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