A couple months have passed since we last paid a visit to Department of Awesome Book Art. These beautiful book sculptures were created by UK-based mixed media and collage artist Kerry Miller. Using old, discarded books as her subjects, Miller gives new life to each abandoned volume by painstakingly carving out and arranging the illustrations found within them. Sometimes she also uses inks or watercolors to enhance those illustrations.

“My work is a means of distilling the essence of a book, whilst releasing the images and allowing them to reach a new audience. I view it as a collaboration, a partnership with the past, giving new purpose to old volumes that may otherwise never see the light of day or simply end up in recycling. As technology threatens to replace the printed word, there has never been a better time to reimagine the book.”

Visit Kerry Miller’s website to check out more of her bibliotastic artwork.

[via Twisted Sifter]

When French illustrator Thomas Lamadieu looks up at the patches of blue sky between city buildings, he imagines fanciful characters existing in the geometric gaps formed by the neighboring buildings. Lamadieu shoots photos of those patches of sky and illustrates them for an ongoing series entitled Sky Art. Thus far he has drawn pictures on the skies over streets and enclosed courtyards in France, Germany, Belgium and Canada.

Head over to Thomas Lamadieu’s website to view more images from his whimsical Sky Art series.

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Brazilian illustrator Gabriel Picolo is just over 100 days into an awesome art project called 365-DaysofDoodles. It’s exactly what it sounds like - Picolo is drawing something new in one of his Moleskine sketchbooks every day for a year. However these are some of the finest “doodles” we’ve ever seen.

Each drawing is unique and often inspired by some sort of pop culture source, featuring his own version of characters from anime, tv, movies and fine art.

Click here to view all of the daily doodles that Picolo has created thus far and then be sure to check back to watch him update the project.

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James Charles alters the portraits on American dollar bills, exchanging the original staid and solemn faces with those of famous pop culture icons. Sometimes Charles simply draws over the original portraits on the bills, giving the famous politico faces playful makeovers, while on others he completely replaces the original faces. In either case, the text at the bottom of every bill is also replaced with either the name of the new face or a quote or descriptive phrase.

The Bride of Frankenstein’s text reads “Runaway Bride” while Frankenstein’s Monster reads “Love Lorn.” And Willy Wonka’s bill reads “The Bossman” while an Oompa-Loompa on another bill reads “Working Class Stiff.”

These dollars were exhibited back in 2011 as part of the American Iconomics show at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco.

Head over to Oddity Central to view more.

Take a look at these incredibly tiny illustrations of the American West by California-based artist Sam Larson. Now go grab a penny and then look at the drawings again to really appreciate just how small they are. Our favorite piece is the Bigfoot scene. That may be the tiniest Sasquatch we’ve ever seen.

Larson posts all of his marvelous miniature illustrations on his Instagram account. Follow him there to see more.

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Icelandic graphic designer and illustrator Stella Björg created this awesome typeface illustration project entitled There Be Monsters. Inspired by medieval maps that featured fantastical sea creatures, each character is made of fearsome sea monsters, fantastic sea creatures, unfortunate sailors and their ships and, of course, tempestuous waves.

Click here to view more of this extraordinary alphabet.

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We love these digital papercraft renderings of classes NES games. Can you identify them all? They’re from a series entitled NEStalgia by Montreal-based digital artist and illustrator Steph Caskenette.

Prints are available here.

Visit Steph Caskenette’s Behance page to check out more of his artwork.

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It’s Classic Video Game Day on Geyser of Awesome!

Adrien Noterdaem created this awesome 'Simpsonized' version of the cast of Twin Peaks. It’s part of his ongoing Simpsonized project, for which Brussels-based illustrator and art director Adrien illustrates a different character in the style of The Simpsons almost every day.
Follow him here on Tumblr at drawthesimpsons.

Twin Peaks TV series / Simpsonized by ADN(Prints, tees and more available here).
:-)

Adrien Noterdaem created this awesome 'Simpsonized' version of the cast of Twin Peaks. It’s part of his ongoing Simpsonized project, for which Brussels-based illustrator and art director Adrien illustrates a different character in the style of The Simpsons almost every day.

Follow him here on Tumblr at drawthesimpsons.

Twin Peaks TV series / Simpsonized by ADN

(Prints, tees and more available here).

:-)

Reblogged from drawthesimpsons

For an ongoing series entitled Invading The Vintage, Italian illustrator Franco Brambilla (previously featured here) turns beautiful vintage postcards into awesome works of whimsical science fiction-themed art. AT-ATs gallop down a scenic oceanside street while the Doctor parks the TARDIS outside Downton Abbey (aka Highclere Castle) and heads inside for dinner. A group of iconic sci-fi baddies gather at a waterside resort as a family of Jawas shows up to an outdoor flea market in their Sandcrawler to sell both droids and used cars. Meanwhile ED-209 has some Canadian Mounties to deal and a group of aliens have landed their flying saucer somewhere in the Alps to cool their heels and commune with some Alpine cows.

Brambilla has altered each postcard so thoroughly and subtly that the longer you look at it, the more of additions you’ll notice.

Visit Franco Brambilla’s website and the Invading The Vintage Facebook page for many more geektastically enhanced postcards.

[via io9]