Polish illustrator Pawel Kuczynski’s grim and sharply satirical works, which we’ve featured before here, are a perfect example of art that speaks volumes. Kuczynski’s images are so powerful because they force us to face some of the worst realities of our times. It’s beautiful – not in a flowers-and-sunlight kind of way, but in a brutally truthful way. He addresses war, political manipulation and hypocrisy, environmental damage, economic disparity and many other ills facing mankind today.
A new series of images by French illustrator, painter and graphic designer Pez (Pierre-Yves Riveau) called Distroy twists some of our most recognizable childhood and pop-culture icons, giving them a new, terrifying, gritty and urban appearance. His work is both inviting and unsettling because he takes familiar icons from pop culture and/or our childhood and tears them apart, making them seem decayed and far less innocent.
Equadorian artist Javier Perez has created a clever series of illustrations that combine his pen work with everyday objects to create cute combinations that you might not have thought of. In his illustrations, grapes can be balloons, staplers can be monsters, and notebook bindings can be teeth.
After Norwegian comedy singer duo Ylvis ignited the world’s interest in sounds that animals make with “What Does The Fox Say?,” other artists have begun exploring these questions more in-depth. English artist James Chapman has created a series of comics comparing how different languages around the world write down the sounds that some of our favorite animals make. The panels are a delight to see, with bright colors and cute animals. The comparisons between languages are also interesting, no matter what your native language is.
We‘re no strangers to the world‘s fascination with Grumpy Cat, but U.S. digital artist Tsaoshin has taken that interest in an unexpected new direction by casting the lovable, misanthropic kitty in a series of classic Disney tales. In the series, Tsaoshin playfully reinterprets Disney classics that we all know and love with the Grumpy Cat as one of the main characters, making for hilarious results.
Now here’s a proposal that a girl couldn’t say “no” to: redditor ppaul9 wrote a book about how he fell for his girlfriend, included the scene where he proposes, and acted it out as his love was reading it! The romantic guy had his story illustrated and printed out, and hid the book at a local library – along with a photographer, who later captured the whole scene.