Illustration

Entries from the Design Blog in the Illustration category.

  • The Art House Co-op is an "independent, Brooklyn-based company that organizes global, collaborative art projects." Each year they gather thousands of creative people to amass The Sketchbook Project. The crowd-sourced project is a traveling and interactive library displaying unique artists' journals, representing more than 130 countries over the course of the project.

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    by Ward Andrews
    July 2, 2012
  • According to Google, Dr. Robert Moog is "something of a patron saint of the nerdy arts and a hero to many of us here." In the 1960s Moog crafted and invented the electronic analog Moog Synthesizer, bringing an entirely new genre of music and sound to the world.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    May 24, 2012
  • On April 21st, a new mural was unveiled at "LA Freewalls Inside" at LALA Gallery. Why is this noteworthy? Unbeknownst to me and likely to the majority of the population, in 2002 Los Angeles prohibited the creation of mural work (on public or private buildings). The Los Angeles Freewalls project hopes to change that.

    design, la, mural

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    by Ward Andrews
    April 30, 2012
  • Australia-based Yanni Floros has total command of the charcoal. These drawings are meticulously detailed with just the right combination of realism and artistry. Drawing hair realistically is no small feat, and these are beyond convincing, capturing beauty in the somewhat mundane details of a single moment.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 27, 2012
  • Sections & Slices by Ben Branagan is an ongoing series of drawings that seems to explore color and the interaction between material and technique. The London-based designer and artist's series provides excellent color inspiration, with both subtle and intense color palette transitions.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 25, 2012
  • Over the years, Google has stepped up their game in the Google Doodles department. Originally a festive—if not slightly gimmicky logo replacement, the Doodles were just that—doodles. Some of the earliest examples seemed to fall victim to clip art and paint edits, but that's all in the past. Now we look forward to seeing what artistic creation Google will dream up next for their much-less-literal logo hybrids. Sometimes we're surprised by animation, other times it's a cheerful or artistic change that brings novelty or joy to a predictable experience.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 18, 2012
  • Worth1000 hosts a variety of photo-editing and illustrative contests. One of their contest series, Superhero ModRen, challenges users to incorporate superheroes into fine art pieces. It's fun to see the contrast of modern characters we know and love placed in classic painting styles and poses. Take a look below for a sampling of the entries ↓

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 9, 2012
  • I love seeing designers and artists reach past established mediums and think outside of the box or—in this case—the tube. These creators each embraced a canvas and material destined for the trash to create some beautiful, intriguing and downright fun pieces. Curious to learn more about why embracing creativity like this is important? You'll find me talking about it tomorrow at #wcphx Wordcamp Phoenix at 2:15 p.m. See what artistic journey these toilet paper tubes have taken ↓

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    by Ward Andrews
    February 24, 2012
  • Simon Beck doesn't hit the slopes like the average skier. Instead of shredding powder, he patterns it by strategically schlepping in snowshoes. His snow art designs are awesome on their own, and the in-context shots almost look like digital overlays. It would be awesome to glimpse a bit of the planning behind these and see a stop-motion process video.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    February 23, 2012
  • Ohio-based artist Dennis Wojtkiewic uses oil paints and canvas to create these beautiful and translucent fruit portraits. The dissections highlight natural patterns and the transition between health and decay through photorealism and strategically placed lighting.

    Design, Wojtkiewic, painting

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    by Jessica Patterson
    February 20, 2012
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