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).
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!
Do you remember those imaginative doodles you used to make in your high school notebook? Maybe you still make them. But Phillipine-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes creates doodles (as he calls them) that are probably several orders of magnitude greater than any you or I have ever made. Overwhelmingly busy and detailed compositions seem to be part of Rosanes’ signature style. His illustrations involve densely and richly detailed worlds.
Artist Victor Nunes combines every-day objects with simple illustrations to turn them into pictures of faces, animals and other playful scenes. His images invite us to look at the world differently and find creative images in our surroundings. Nunes’ art is a great example of pareidolia, which is our propensity to give meaning to random objects. It’s a very natural reaction to have, and it’s a fun creative spark to run with.
Heather Hansen, a contemporary performance artist and dancer in New Orleans, has come up with an elegant and creative way to capture her dancing motions on paper – she gets up-close and personal with a big piece of paper and some charcoal. For the performance aspect of her work, Hansen invites observers to watch her dance on a huge piece of paper. As she dances and prostates herself on the piece of paper, she marks it with charcoal, gradually building a beautiful diagram of her seemingly ritual dance.
Zaria Forman creates breathtaking pastel drawings of Greenland’s icebergs that are exceptional in three ways. First of all, the drawings look so realistic that you might feel the frost coming out of them. Secondly, the artist is raising awareness on climate change and is going to give a percent of all sales to the movement 350.org. But that’s not all. Her art is also a gift to her late mother who was diagnosed with brain cancer on Mother’s Day.
Art can be used to express powerful ideas and messages, and Cuban cartoonist Angel Boligan’s political and social cartoons are a perfect example of just how expressive and critical art can be. His extensive collection of comics provide a scathing commentary on contemporary politics and society. Each comic bears a deep and powerful meaning.
Elizabeth Climo, or simply Liz Climo, is a talented young animator currently working with the everlasting The Simpsons TV-show. When her day job ends, however, she still has enough time, creative energy and inspiration to create adorable and witty comics that present various animals in amusing everyday interactions. The absurdity and humor that Liz meets in everyday interactions find their way into the simple and elegant illustrations that she shares with her fans.
Ramon Bruin (previously written about here and here) keeps on astonishing us with his realistic 3D pictures. We’d like to show you some of the latest drawings of our favorite Dutch artist. In this highly talented man’s hands, a sheet of white paper and a regular pencil become powerful tools used to play tricks on our eyes. It’s amazing how various animals and insects come to life through Bruin’s optical illusions.
Alex Konahin, a brilliant young artist from Latvia, uses detailed Renaissance floral patterns in a new way to create incredibly beautiful and intricate pieces of art. Alex Konahin’s distinctive style of drawing involves much use of floral patterns, cultural symbols and traditional ornamentation. The objects he draws most often are insects, wild animals, human anatomy and intense visual abstractions. After creating the carcass of a drawing with an old-fashioned pencil, Alex switches to pen and india ink as his main tools.
Have you ever wondered what children’s drawings might look like if they worked together with an artistically talented adult? This series of drawings by reddit user Tatsputin illustrates the creative and playful collaborations that can happen when an uninhibited child and a creative adult combine their efforts. When Tatsputin takes his monthly three-hour work-related flight, his two children give him their drawings for him to color in.
“How did she do that?” must’ve been one of the most frequent questions after seeing Karla Mialynne’s works. In order to clear the doubts, the artist now photographs all of the tools she used right next to her paintings. You can see that Karla mostly uses watercolor pencils, colored markers and acrylic paint to create her highly realistic drawings.