147 posts tagged Drawing
147 posts tagged Drawing
Pittsburgh, PA-based graphic designer and writer Don Moyer likes to draw things that make him laugh. That’s why he’s been hard at work on a fantastic series of drawings based on traditional blue willow china plate patterns. The designs look authentic except for one extraordinary difference: the otherwise tranquil design on each plate includes some sort of unexpected calamity. It could be an alien invasion or natural disaster. It could be a sea monster or a swarm of bats. It could even be a giant zombie poodle, flying monkeys or robots. There are simply so many ways that disaster might strike.
Moyer calls this awesome ongoing series Calamityware. Two of his designs (the flying monkeys and the giant robot) have been produced as actual porcelain plates thanks to successfully funded Kickstarter projects.
Check out Don Moyer’s Calamityware Flickr set to view more of his designs.
[via Lost at E Minor]
The Postit days is the moniker of an anonymous Spanish artist who creates quick drawings on post-it notes and then photographs those doodles humorously interacting with the outside world. Many of his drawings have pop culture-related origins and involve characters or situations from well known movies, comic books and cartoons.
Superman stops a train, Slimer gorges on chips at the grocery store, Gizmo peeks out of a backpack, and the haunting ghost sisters from The Shining invite us to come play with them. Elsewhere the Bat-Signal is projected from the top of an office building while a cellular tower is suddenly home for the dreaded Eye of Sauron.
[via Design Taxi]
"This Valentine’s Day, we’re canceling solitude!"
Pacific Rim was an awesome movie, but we hadn’t considered how much of the dialogue is so well-suited for delightfully geeky valentines. That is, not until we saw these wonderful cards made by Portland, OR-based artist and illustrator Benjamin Dewey. The limited edition set of 30 cards features just about every character from the film. The Jaegers, their pilots, the scientists, even the ferocious Kaiju are feeling the love.
Visit Benjamin’s Etsy shop to view the entire series and perhaps even order a set
[via Nerd Approved]
South African artist Jono Dry creates awesome large-scale pencil drawings, many of which are a beautiful blend of photorealistic style and surrealistic subject matter. A completely self-taught and very meticulous artist, Jono sometimes spends months on a single piece in order to achieve such an astonishing level of detail.
Visit Jono Dry’s website to check out more of his amazing artwork.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Yuko Higuchi’s artwork combines so many of our favourite things, such as tentacles, cats and anthropomorphism, that looking at her drawings feels like we’ve fallen down a rabbit hole created just for us. We were delighted to learn that the adorable kitty featured in so many Yuko’s pieces is based on her own pet cat named Boris. He’s her primary source of inspiration.
These pieces are just a small sampling of Yuko Higuchi's surreal world. You can see lots more of her artwork on Facebook, via Twitter, or right here on Tumblr. She also recently published her very first illustrated book.
[via Spoon & Tamago]
One of our favourite things about artist Chris Ryniak (previously featured here) is that, no matter what else he’s up to - such as designing amazing toys and sculpting wonderfully strange characters for art shows - he still makes time to draw new creatures on a regular basis. Earlier this month, as one of his morning scribbles, Chris created Sparkle Pony Magic. The following week he presented her once again, this time in glorious colour. It was after that that something awesome happened:
Chris was contacted by a fan of his art who loved Sparkle Pony Magic so very much that she was hoping to have the image laminated onto her new prosthetic leg.
"She picked it up today, and walked unassisted for the first time in at least seven months! Its things like this that help ME to keep motivated and doing what I do. Not just for my own love of creating, but the knowledge that my art brings a little joy in another person’s life. Have an awesome Day!"
[via Chris Ryniak]
San Francisco-based design professor and illustrator Miguel Cardona transforms ordinary paper coffee cups into bold works of art. Because of the curved surface of his canvas of choice, each piece is rendered freehand and he thoroughly enjoys the challenges that this presents:
"You have this three-dimensional object that is in your hands, you can pull the cup in a different direction and hold the pen still. You can also hide a lot of flawed perspective. You don’t need a desk, it can be done anywhere, and to protect it, you can stack it in another blank cup. The cup itself can hold your art supplies and is itself, a display stand, it’s quite the perfect design."
Cardona’s subjects vary from pop culture character and icons to robots, monsters, and even bodily organs. But these beautiful illustrations aren’t quite as awesome as what he does with them. Miguel sells each finished piece for $20 and donates 100% of the proceeds to Project Night Night, which donates baby blankets, children’s books, and toys to children in homeless shelters.
Visit Miguel Cardona’s website to check out more of his fantastic illustrated coffee cups.
Today the Department of Awesome Parenting pays a visit to the Netherlands, where a Friesland-based father named Jurgen Steenwelle playfully decorates the bananas that he packs in his four and five-year-old daughters’ school lunches. Sometimes the girls’ mother writes sweet messages on their lunch fruit, so Jurgen decided to distinguish himself by instead transforming the bananas with drawings. He says the subject of each piece is determined by the shape and colour of the banana and he has now illustrated over 40 luncheon nanners.
"In the beginning, my daughter left her bananas still proudly to her teacher to see. But while the teacher was impressed, the kids found it to be ‘normal’ after a while. They have become used to it, I’m afraid. ‘
Self-taught Dutch freelance artist Ramon Bruin, aka JJK Airbrush (previously featured here), is still hard at work on his awesome anamorphic illustrations. Ramon’s handmade optical illusions are so convincing that it’s sometimes tricky to figure out where the drawings stop and solid objects take over.
Our favourite new piece, entitled Keep Fishin’, makes it appear as though Ramon is fishing (with one of his own pencils) for a beautiful Koi that’s swimming in a small sunken tank in his floor.
[via My Modern Metropolis]