Danish writer Mikael Wulff and cartoon artist Anders Morgenthaler – the creative duo known as Wumo – has created a brilliant series of graphs that illustrate some of the basic painful truths of everyday life in the Western world. Their graphs and diagrams are snarky and sarcastic but, for the most part, true. This, coupled with their simple and official-looking design, makes them a delight to look at.
We absolutely love every single surreal photographer/artist that we write about, but much of their work tends to be rather melancholy or down-right dark. Not so with German art director Robert Jahns (a.k.a. Nois7 on Instagram), whose beautiful and adventurous images will inspire you and brighten your day. His images are surreal, but many of them are only subtly dream-like or unreal – it all looks like a normal photograph until you spot that one mystical detail that takes his image into the realm of fantasy.
Amazing 16-year-old artist Shania McDonagh just won the annual Texaco Children’s Art Competition in Ireland with “Coleman,” her impressive hyperrealistic pencil drawing of an old man. The girl drew the portrait from a photograph she found in the Vanishing Ireland book. It took McDonagh around one month to create the portrait, which won her the top prize of $2,075 (€1,500).
Recycling is a hugely important part of our effort to take care of and live in harmony with the planet we call home, but it doesn’t just have to be reserved to municipal authorities or waste management companies. There are awesome and creative ways to recycle your old stuff that can be taken advantage of by almost anyone.
Products designed for children often portray a happy-go-lucky world filled with sunlight, flowers, smiling animals and friendship. But what happens to this world when jaded, miserable adults with a morbidly dark sense of humor get their hands on it? Well, you get something that looks a lot like Coloring Book Corruptions.
Chinese painter, illustrator and street artist Cheng Yingjie (a.k.a. Hua Tunan) has created an extraordinary painting called “Night Owl” that makes perfect use of his signature colorful and chaotic style. His stunning and dynamic owl figure seems to materialize magically out of a chaotic cloud of splashes and splashes of colorful paint. Like many other successful contemporary street artists, he uses a wide range of bright colors, even those don’t actually appear in owls, like green, blue and purple.
A glorious eruption of vibrantly-colored flower petals – 8 million of them – has flooded through a small village in Costa Rica. Perhaps the most surprising thing about this advertisement stunt is that these billowing waves of petals are real. It took the creative team behind the endeavor and the inhabitants of the village more than two weeks to collect the 8 million flower petals used, which ended up weighing about 3.5 tons.
Creative French artist Etienne Lavie has created a wonderful series of images that picture what several major European cities might look like if all of the advertisements were replaced by classical paintings. The series is aptly named – “OMG who stole my ads?” She uses Milan and Paris as her backdrop – cities that are inextricably linked, architecturally and historically, to the development of classical art as we know it.
Jose Vergara (a.k.a. Redosking), a 19-year-old artist from Texas, is drawing close-ups of the human eye with the sort of hyper-realistic level of detail that one would ordinarily expect from experienced masters. Vergara draws using only colored pencils, which makes his work all the more impressive. Most of us use or have used, at one point or another, colored pencils, which makes it easier to realize just how much more talented he is than most of us. And he’s only 19 years old!
Artist Paula Strawn has turned her paintbrush and talent to an unexpected but charming art form – baby helmets. Her decorative paint jobs turn these medical devices into playful accessories. The baby helmets Strawn paints on are actually used to shape babies’ developing skulls. The idea to paint on baby helmets came to Strawn when a friend of hers complained about the looks she would get in public when people saw their child wearing a baby helmet.
There are many different ways that artists and city municipalities can work together to decorate their cities, but it seems like city administrators in Japan have come up with one solution that is as unexpected and whimsical as it is creative and beautiful – decorated manhole covers. Each municipality takes pride in its manhole cover design, which can display anything from municipal symbols and local landscapes to abstract patterns or illustrations of local legends.
Most people bristle at the prospect of seeing updates or remakes of their favorite childhood books, shows or movies. Digital artist and Illustrator Tyson Murphy, however, has recreated a few scenes from a couple of classic Disney movies that will, despite their new look, reignite your love for the classics. His illustrations are both true to the classics and true to Murphy’s creative vision.