167 posts tagged Drawing
167 posts tagged Drawing
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.
Artist brandonbird (previously featured here)found an X-Men coloring book in a dollar store about ten years ago and became obsessed with its terrible wonderfulness. So obsessed, he asked his friends and colleagues to interpret the pages in their own style. The amazing results were gathered together in a show called X-Mans. Some of them are quite literal, the artists didn’t do much more than color the original, but others attempt to unpack the meaning behind the drawing. We’re not sure if the art in the show is canon or just part of some strange issue of “What If?" Judge for yourself, the rest of the pieces are posted here.
Reblogged from brandonbird
Gabriel Lafitte Nkweti is a French artist who happens to work as a barista at a Starbucks located across from the British Museum in central London. He’s found a wonderful way to combine his passion for drawing with his work preparing coffee by beautifully illustrating paper coffee cups for ‘special individuals who exhibit some small kindness’ when they visit the shop. Instead of simply labeling the cups with his customers’ names, he decorates them with intricate designs and illustrations.
‘I love seeing people’s reaction to my drawings,’ he explained. ‘I enjoy the joy and surprise on their faces.’
All of Nkweti’s illustrating is done at home in his spare time. Some of his more elaborate designs have taken up to 40 hours to complete. The response to his artwork has been so positive that he now receives daily requests from fans who visit the coffee shop with their names written on a piece of paper in hopes that Nkweti will create a cup especially for them.
Visit Gabriel Lafitte Nkweti’s Facebook page to view many more of his beautified coffee cups, some of which are now on display inside the Starbucks where he works.