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For an ongoing series entitled The Great Travelling Art Exhibition, English artist Ben Long uses his bare hands to create elaborate drawings in the grime that accumulates on the rear shutters of haulage trucks. As the trucks transport their goods across town and country, Long’s artwork is shared with the public. That is, until time or the inevitable powerwasher obscures the image.

"The ongoing project aims to bring art to the public through these moving canvases, away from restricted space of museums and art institution—his artworks focus on subjects relatable to many, such as animal portraits, human and their pets."

Visit Ben Long’s website to check out more of his artwork.

[via Whudat and Design Taxi]

Check out this awesome Giant Spirograph! It was created by Nathan, who runs the DIY craft website HaHa Bird. Nathan’s oversized wooden version of the classic drawing toy measures eight feet across and uses sidewalk chalk to create those wonderfully familiar geometric patters on the pavement.

"The idea for this project came about at a craft show in December when a friend of mine had a little trouble with a laser-cut Spirograph we found. I teased her about her apparent lack of fine motor skills, then had the idea to make a Spirograph that only required gross motor skills. How big could I make a Spirograph?"

The project took Nathan about 6 months and cost roughly $150 to complete.

Visit HaHa Bird for a detailed description about how the Giant Spirograph was created and view complete process photos.

[via Laughing Squid and Neatorama]

Today the Department of Awesome Parenting checks in on the work of Nina Levy (previously featured here), the Brooklyn-based artist and mother of two lucky sons who’ve been receiving beautifully illustrated napkins with their boxed lunches every day since 2006. Nina used waterproof markers and paint pens to transform plain white napkins into vibrant works of art and notes of affection and encouragement for her sons.

Nina recently won the TUACA Liqueur Company’s napkin art competition for her entry featuring two lions enjoying a drink at a bar.

Visit the Daily Napkins blog or Facebook page to check out more of Nina’s amazing illustrated napkins.

[via Lost At E Minor and Bored Panda]

Today’s visit to the Archie McPhee Library explores a book that’s much more than a book, it’s A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel [Buy on Amazon] by British artist Tom Phillips. This amazing altered book began its literary life as a novel entitled A Human Document, written in 1892 by English writer W. H. Mallock. Fast-forward to 1966 when Tom Phillips bought the book for threepence at a junk shop in South London. He spent the next seven years painstakingly drawing, painting and collaging over each of the book’s 367 pages. Phillips left gaps in his artwork revealing some of the novel’s original text on each page. These exposed words tell the story of a new protagonist named Bill Toge, whose name only appears when the word “together” or “altogether” appears in W. H. Mallock’s original text.

When asked about the book, Phillips replied:

"It is a forgotten Victorian novel found by chance …I plundered, mined, and undermined its text to make it yield the ghosts of other possible stories, scenes, poems, erotic incidents, and surrealist catastrophes which seemed to lurk within its wall of words. As I worked on it, I replaced the text I’d stripped away with visual images of all kinds. It began to tell and depict, among other memories, dreams, and reflections, the sad story of Bill Toge, one of love’s casualties."

That’s how A Human Document became A Humument, but this extraordinary work of art is very much a work in progress. Philips has never stopped working on his splendidly altered book. Four revised editions have been published over the years, with the most recent Fifth Edition published in 2012. Each subsequent revision contains at least 50 new pages replacing their earlier versions. Phillip’s long-term goal is to eventually rework and replace every single page from the original 1970 edition.

In 2010 Tom Philips released a digital version of A Humument in the form of A Humument App for the iPad and iPhone.

Click here to learn more about this phenomenal artist’s book or click here to simply order a copy right now.

[Images via Humument.com]

We’ve just learned about another talented artist who uses the humble disposable coffee cup as their canvas. Jimmy T. enhances his morning coffee cups with striking pop culture-inspired drawings and then leaves them behind for other people to discover. Brightening the days of random strangers with unexpected and thoroughly marvelous artwork is awesome.

You can follow Jimmy’s ongoing series of geektastically illustrated coffee cups right here on Tumblr at morningcoffeecupart or on the Morning Coffee Cup Art on Facebook page

[via Geeks are Sexy]

Malaysian artist Monica Lee says she’s addicted to details. Her photorealistic pencil drawings are so intensely detailed that they could easily trick us into believing they were photos were it not for the art supplies photographed nearby. Some of these complex pieces take Lee 3 to 4 weeks to complete, yet she makes it look effortless. After working as a digital artist for 12 years, she’s decided to pursue her dream job working as an illustrator and by the looks of things, she’s off to an awesome start.

You can check out more of Monica Lee’s astonishing graphite illustrations on her Facebook page and Instagram account.

[via Design Taxi and Scene360]

When October Jones (previously featured here) isn’t sharing text messages sent by his dog or transforming his fellow train commuters by drawing new heads for them on post-it notes, he’s creating awesomely empowering messages and leaving them for his fellow travelers to find inside seatback trays on the train.

Follow October Jones on Twitter for more of his entertaining and inspirational sticky note escapades.

[via Neatorama]

Artist and illustrator Dave DeVries takes children’s drawings of imaginary monsters and superheroes and uses a combination of acrylic paint, color pencils and an airbrush to render them with awesome realism. Part of his process includes interviewing the child artists to get an even better feel for what their creatures really look like. What begin as strange and cute doodles end up as truly terrifying, yet sometimes also hilarious, glimpses of a child’s imagination brought to life.

"It began at the Jersey Shore in 1998, where my niece Jessica often filled my sketchbook with doodles. While I stared at them, I wondered if color, texture and shading could be applied for a 3D effect. As a painter, I made cartoons look three dimensional every day for the likes of Marvel and DC comics, so why couldn’t I apply those same techniques to a kid’s drawing? That was it… no research, no years of toil, just the curiosity of seeing Jessica’s drawings come to life."

This ongoing project is called The Monster Engine. DeVries is currently accepting commissions for new pieces. He also published a book and limited edition poster of his Monster Engine illustrations, both of which are available here.

[via Lost At E Minor and Marvelous]

When French graphic designer and illustrator DZO briefly ran out of paper, he decided to experiment with found goat skulls and smooth river stones as canvases and proceeded to cover every inch of them with awesomely imaginative and elaborate illustrations.

Click here to view more pieces from DZO’s Stones and Bones project.

Visit DZO’s Behance page and Instagram account to check out more of his artwork.

[via Beautiful/Decay and Colossal]

We love these wonderful vintage postcards that’ve been beautifully illustrated with portraits of characters from Twin Peaks, still one of our all-time favorite TV shows. They’re from a series called Lost in the Post: Twin Peaks created by Paul Willoughby, London-based illustrator, artist and creative director of Human After All. They were shown at a 20th-anniversary exhibition of Twin Peaks-releated art, which took place at the Menier Gallery in Southwark, London in October 2012.

[via Flavorwire]