169 posts tagged Drawing
169 posts tagged Drawing
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.
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.
[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.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Department of Awesome Parenting just discovered yet another amazing parent who turns their child’s school lunches into a mini art show. Minneapolis-based freelance designer and illustrator Bryan Dunn, aka The Bag Dad, has been illustrating his son’s brown paper lunch bags for two years now, ever since the boy’s very first day of school.
Each colored pencil drawing takes Bryan about 20-30 minutes to complete. He usually works on them during his own lunch break. Because the bags don’t always make it back home after school, Dunn started photographing each bag before filling it with his son’s lunch.
[via Twisted Sifter]
A couple months ago we shared the whimsical work of storyboard artist and scribbler Marty Cooper, who draws mischievous characters on animation cels using sharpies and white-out and then stages them to create entertaining photographs. Now Cooper is using his animation cel illustrations to create short animated videos depicting his life as ‘an odd creature-infested cartoon universe.’ This video is a three minute collection of shorts entitled “Aug(De)Mented Reality”. It’s a creative and playful combination of old and new with characters drawn on traditional animation cels brought to life using stop-motion animation that’s created with Cooper’s iPhone 5S.