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Rooms within rooms, endless cities and labyrinthine structures

"I hope that a viewer will be able to put themselves in my spaces. To that end I’ve avoided adding any figures of any kind to inhabit the rooms, so the viewer is free to imagine themselves inhabiting them if they choose. Some people find them claustrophobic, others want to linger. The detail draws in the viewer, though I’ve also seen it repel the odd person. I enjoy the combination of the creepy and the whimsical. Perhaps this boils down to wanting my drawings to be haunted in the same way that my dreams locales often feel haunted." Excerpt from an interview with Matthew Borrett, an artist/illustrator who draws black and white rooms, scenes from unreal worlds, and some more realistic settings.
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 9, 2014 - 7 comments

"Let's face it, comedy's a dead art form."

"This is a project I've worked on for around 14 months! It contains just about every character that appears in Futurama." The cast of Futurama. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Mar 27, 2014 - 24 comments

“It gives me such a sense of peace to draw..."

Sylvia Plath’s Unseen Drawings, Edited by Her Daughter and Illuminated in Her Private Letters
posted by brundlefly on Nov 7, 2013 - 4 comments

It Is Suggested That Fans Clip The Series For Future Reference

1946-'47 Sporting News - Sketches of Major League Parks by Gene Mack [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Oct 20, 2013 - 18 comments

Art. Weird art. Funny art. Just check it out.

The (odd and funny) drawings of Will Laren.
posted by zardoz on May 20, 2013 - 13 comments

"it's not my existence that is the problem here"

Dr. Carmella's Guide to Understanding the Introverted! drawn by Schroeder Veidt. See also Explaining the Transgender Experience (made after this first attempt) and Circles of Acceptance (in easy-to-read cartoon form). [more inside]
posted by flex on Dec 3, 2012 - 166 comments

A Portrait A Day Keeps Myself Sane

A Portrait A Day Keeps Myself Sane. Line portraits from David Johnson. E.g., Edward Bulwer-Lytton; Virginia Woolf; Samuel Beckett; Elton John & Leon Russell.
posted by OmieWise on Oct 19, 2012 - 4 comments

Monster Brains

Monster Brains is a blog about paintings and drawings of monsters. My favourite post on the site showcased Masters Of The Universe Paintings By Earl Norem, William George and Esteban Maroto.
posted by chunking express on Jul 17, 2012 - 7 comments

Auction House

Swann Galleries is Photographs, Posters, Prints & Drawings, Books, Maps, Autographs, and African-American Fine Art. Served daily. Also. [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jul 15, 2012 - 2 comments

Ignore Hitler - Draw Something

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posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on May 11, 2012 - 90 comments

the unspeakable, in ink on post-its

What if Edward Gorey illustrated Lovecraft? It'd look like John Kenn Mortensen's work, that's what. Except Mortensen makes his art in his spare time, on post-it notes. He has an art book.
posted by Lou Stuells on May 4, 2012 - 39 comments

Old Books

Old Book Illustrations are vintage pictures that were originally wood engravings or woodcuts, etchings or metal engravings. Old Book Art is pictures, drawings, maps and other images from antiquarian, public-domain books and other old documents. [more inside]
posted by netbros on Mar 10, 2012 - 8 comments

No escapism here; all dark corners are revealed

Laurie Lipton studied 17th century Dutch masters to develop her own unique style of pencil drawing. (First bought to our attention by misteraitch)
posted by adamvasco on Dec 7, 2011 - 27 comments

God puts all the pictures on the internet, even the bad ones, as he loves all of us, even the bad people

Something Awful Forums has an active thread where adults draw kids conceptions, mostly about animals. Some of them are cute, others are gloriously bizarre. Also in the same vein: Axe Cop [Previously].
posted by mccarty.tim on Oct 14, 2011 - 18 comments

Man writes on little blue website.

Great news: Broken Picture Telephone lives, it's called Teledraw!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Sep 25, 2011 - 31 comments

Crayon to Cotton

"[H]ow interesting... to bring to life the clothes in children’s artwork, designs by children too young to be influenced by commercial fashion... I asked three girls to draw the outfits they imagined, and then I turned them into clothes."
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 11, 2011 - 59 comments

Types of Toast,

Types of Toast. Does what it says on the tin.
posted by Effigy2000 on Mar 20, 2011 - 47 comments

Las Vegas architectural drawings

Las Vegas as it almost was, as it was going to be, as it never will be, and as it still might.
posted by Joe Beese on Aug 19, 2010 - 40 comments

Every Person In New York

Drawing every person in New York
posted by OmieWise on Apr 6, 2010 - 29 comments

Blog of Indescribable Awesomeness

I think this blog, not quite a comic but not quite all text, is extraordinarily funny with a nice occasional sharp edge. You may too. via metachat and metafilter's own ThePinkSuperhero
posted by mygothlaundry on Apr 2, 2010 - 34 comments

Love and Hate. Always a Heart.

A Heart a Day — Freelance illustrator Thomas Fuchs manages to include a heart in his daily drawings.
posted by netbros on Oct 26, 2009 - 9 comments

Drawings of the American Civil War Era

The Becker Collection: Drawings of the American Civil War Era "..contains the hitherto unexhibited and undocumented drawings by Joseph Becker and his colleagues, nineteenth-century artists who worked as artist-reporters for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly Newspaper observing, drawing, and sending back for publication images of the Civil War, the construction of the railroads, the laying of the trans-atlantic cable in Ireland, the Chinese in the West, the Indian wars, the Chicago fire, and numerous other aspects of nineteenth-century American culture." {artist biographies / subject browse} [via]
posted by peacay on Sep 9, 2009 - 8 comments

They supply the magic.

Chicken Nugget Lemon Tooty is a blog featuring selected drawings by Isaac age 10; Grace, 9; and Lily, who is 6. They participate in Illustration Friday, and even do book reviews. Recently, to celebrate the 3rd year anniversary of the blog, their father asked readers to submit some 'fan art' using past CNLT drawings as inspiration. Here are the submitted art works, accompanied by the original drawings that inspired them. [more inside]
posted by thread_makimaki on Sep 9, 2009 - 38 comments

An ongoing project illustrating the titles of emails found in your spam/junk box.

Spam by Elliott Burford. An ongoing project illustrating the titles of emails found in your spam/junk box.
posted by chunking express on May 14, 2009 - 19 comments

Moleskine Art

Sketches from artists' moleskines
posted by robotot on May 4, 2009 - 9 comments

Bad paintings of Barack Obama

.... and I love them all Considering artistic interpretation, Barry never looked better. [more inside]
posted by will wait 4 tanjents on Mar 3, 2009 - 21 comments

(limited editions x low prices) + the internet = art for everyone

20x200
"We introduce two new pieces a week: one photo and one work on paper. Each image is available in three sizes." Limited edition artworks priced $20 to $2000. An interesting concept with some nice pieces.
posted by Manhasset on Nov 14, 2008 - 13 comments

Naive beach campers often fall victim while sleeping

This a fast offensive predator. First described by Reinthal, 1993, as voracious and a threat to shipping. Diurnal, collecting in dense aggregations along reef walls at night to sleep. Oweni is an insatiable consumer of almost everything of animal origin. Suspect in many human "shark" fatalities, although remains of victims have never been recovered - Field Notes and Drawings of Marine Creatures Captured or Observed by Xisle Expedition Biologist & Artist William Russell Curtsinger, PhD. [more inside]
posted by taz on Mar 29, 2008 - 11 comments

Just drawings of bears in ill-fitting hats

Bears in ill-fitting hats. [Via.]
posted by tepidmonkey on Dec 13, 2007 - 32 comments

Portraits of the artists as young scribblers

Now Then is an exhibit of 25 comic artists showing a comparison of their drawing style now and when they were just kids. Also, check out 50 artists riffing on the theme of Duck! Fun stuff from the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art.
posted by madamjujujive on Jul 6, 2007 - 7 comments

Ken Steacy

Ken Steacy runs a print on demand publishing company, (he recently brought the book "As I See" back in print) and is a fantastic comic book illustrator. Last week he put 600 of his best drawings on flickr. (as seen on drawn.ca)
posted by joelf on Mar 8, 2007 - 7 comments

Life Illustrated

The Illustration Portfolio of Lauren Simkin Burke. See also the Drawing of the Day.
posted by jacquilynne on Feb 23, 2007 - 3 comments

The Sheep Market

The Sheep Market -- 10,000 sheep drawn by online workers. Or, if you prefer to be out of step.
posted by OmieWise on May 24, 2006 - 31 comments

Point to the drawing where the bad alien touched you

Aliens and Children. This website features a series of drawings made by children who were abducted by aliens for the purpose of creating a new race of alien/human hybrids. They successfully resisted the aliens by using a thought screen helmet which blocks the telepathic control aliens have over humans.
posted by Robot Johnny on Feb 12, 2006 - 35 comments

"This feels awesome."

Drawings by Porous Walker. {NSFW & audio}
posted by dobbs on Sep 22, 2005 - 9 comments

“These are some drawings my colleague Richard stuck on my monitor” — Toby

“These are some drawings my colleague Richard stuck on my monitor” — Toby
posted by none on Feb 17, 2005 - 27 comments

rather neat little animation thingie

Everything will be good. (flash) via ELVIStazo
posted by madamjujujive on Jan 12, 2005 - 19 comments

Barr Art

Glen Barr draws robots, creatures and vixens that live in a seedy yet swinging 1960's universe, drenched in the haze of a post industrial hangover. Flash enabled and ever-so-slightly NSFW
posted by Hands of Manos on Jan 4, 2005 - 7 comments

Wow.

Dave Archambault's portfolio. As you view the gallery, keep this in mind- these were all done with Bic ball-point pens.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Sep 26, 2004 - 23 comments

All in the family.

All in the family. An R. Crumb original will cost you an arm and a leg, but S. Crumb will do you one better, for a whole lot less.
posted by subpixel on Sep 15, 2004 - 18 comments

Industrial Art Galllery

Draft machine parts, not people! The Industrial Art Gallery is a collection of vintage engineering drawings. Perfect cover art for all you emo/math rock types. [via mimi smartypants]
posted by arto on Apr 20, 2004 - 8 comments

Animal Love - All together now... Awwwweeeee

Tragic Animal Love Stories - Simple drawings with sweet messages. via
posted by willnot on Apr 2, 2004 - 4 comments

Ilustris - whimsical illustrations

Ilustris - delightful and whimsical works from a Polish illustrator. (flash)
posted by madamjujujive on Mar 29, 2004 - 3 comments

Prunella Clough

Seeing the World Sideways: Prunella Clough. 'A private individual who chose to remain out of the limelight and yet was admired so highly by her peers, Prunella Clough, like Edward Burra, lived to paint. Her technique is masterly, her subject matter everyday in origin, her method idiosyncratic, the results atmospheric. She worked with her skill, not her ego, saying: "I like to paint a small thing edgily." '
Online gallery here.
posted by plep on Mar 1, 2004 - 6 comments

ThreeDOrNotThreeD

Sidewalk Chalk Drawings.
posted by srboisvert on Jan 17, 2004 - 8 comments

visual poetry out of dirty secrets

Mark Lombardi created art out of the stuff of conspiracy theories. Following the money trails, he was just completely fascinated by connections, how one thing led to another, how the C.I.A. would back a coup in Australia, someone would be murdered in Turkey and things would happen in Indonesia." Some of his work here and here, and more about his work here. His drawings satisfy because they address a human need for coherent order drawn from chaos. Such a need, however, is bound to be frustrated. Instead of blueprinting perfection, the works' aura of mastery arises in the context of a sprawling dystopia.
posted by amberglow on Oct 26, 2003 - 13 comments

Eggcelent.

Al Gunther's Egg Art. Finely detailed sculptures and carvings.
posted by Ufez Jones on Sep 9, 2003 - 9 comments

cute, cuter, umm...

The strange cat-world of Louis Wain. Wain's cat drawings, once cute, took an interesting turn later in life.
posted by item on Sep 3, 2003 - 29 comments

belching bugs, cereal killers & crazy critters

Cameron Tiede's art will bring out the silly kid in you (flash alert!). Play musical favorites with the belching bugs, spend some time with the critter creator, learn cool things about Egypt and mummies (don't miss "death"), and stop by his wacky portfolio before you leave. You may have seen some of his illustrated creations on Nickelodeon. Fun stuff!
posted by madamjujujive on May 1, 2003 - 5 comments

Adolf Wolfli, Outside Artist

A Profile of Adolf Wolfli : "Adolf Wolfli, a Swiss madman, born in 1864, who spent the last thirty-five of his sixty-six years in a psychiatric hospital, is among the greatest of outsider artists. Indeed, he could serve as Exhibit A in a study of the outsider phenomenon: cases of wild, solipsistic genius that challenge the values of formal training and cultural initiation, not to mention sanity, in significant art. ... [His]large, incredibly dense drawings combine religion, sex, language, music, geography, economics, and other aspects of the artist’s fantasy empire, which, for him, was more or less the universe. ... Especially in his earliest surviving pictures -- from 1904 to 1907, after the staff at the Waldau Mental Asylum stopped regarding his work as 'stupid stuff' -- he emerges as, among other things, a master of graphic design with an exceptional talent for tonality."

You can see reproductions of sixteen of his works here. I looked around for more examples of his work online, but found little beyond this diminutive Artcyclopedia entry. (Thanks to Robot Wisdom for the first two links.)
posted by eyebeam on Apr 30, 2003 - 30 comments

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