Dogs of the World
: adorable illustrations of dog breeds, grouped by the regions where they originated.
By Lili Chin
, whose Doggie Drawings
include numerous infographics
on dog training and behavior. Some examples: Greeting a Dog, Space Etiquette for Dogs, Positive Reinforcement Training, How to Create a Dangerous Dog.
Wondering about the Boston Terrier who keeps popping up in these infographics? Meet Boogie.
Folger Shakespeare Library Releases 80,000 Images for Creative Common Use.
The Folger Shakespeare Library announced yesterday, that they have released the contents of their Digital Image Collection under a Creative Commons Share-Alike (CC-BY-SA) license. Full database can be accessed here
Animal Land where there are no people
was a children's book released in 1897, written by Sybil Corbet, who was four years old, and illustrated by her mother, Katharine Corbet.
"Animal Land where there are no People is quite near, only you can't see it... They live by the North Pole and in the leafy places near. It is always light there, always day, they climb the poles and always play." [more inside]
The Art of Shen Ku
is a rambling, eccentric website displaying pages of an illustrated instructional book of the same name. The site is roughly divided into four topics: Traveller, Physician, Sailor, and Martial Artist. It features heavily notated illustrations that demonstrate everything from using healthy breathing techniques and using aloe vera to learning martial art hand strikes, avoiding shark attacks, making survival shelters, and navigating. The author, Zeek, seems to be a sailor who spent much time in Asia. [more inside]
All the Buildings in New York.
James Gulliver Hancock, an Australian illustrator living in Astoria, draws buildings in New York City. Lots and lots of buildings
. (NYTimes interview
-- more press
) [more inside]
is a Russian artist/illustrator now living in England whose quilled paper pieces are increasingly in demand. Her website
is rich with her work - jump right into the illustration
sectons - or browse the news section
to see a roughly reverse chronological listing. Design Taxi has collected a group of images highlighting her quilled typography. [more inside]
- a hand-bound book of Japanese styled illustrations paying homage to nostalgic activities and toys. From artist Chet Phillips
The book is considered the rarest of Sendak’s published work — so rare that it’s practically impossible for even art historians to get their eyes on a copy for scholarly work.
To commemorate the 86th birthday of Maurice Sendak (previously
), Maria Popova (previously
) has published scans of illustrations
Sendak did for an ultra-ultra-rare edition of William Blake's Songs of Innocence
Yamada Gouki (山田剛毅), aka goking
, has been illustrating creatures from the Cthulhu Mythos and similar horrors in an ukiyo-e style: Cyaegha
, The Thing That Plays with Fate
, and would like to wish you a very Merry Fishmas from Innsmouth
. You can find more illustrations on his Twitter or his blog, 2D6
. [more inside]
Cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt
shadows chef Wylie Dufresne for a day.
"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
from unreal worlds
, and some more realistic settings
David Wasting Paper
queries 200+ illustrators
, comic book
, and editorial
cartoonists on their trade, tools, favorite things, and more in his compulsively readable Cartoonist Survey
) [more inside]
"Q: What is the story behind Lunchbox Doodles and how long have you been doing it?
A: It really started as a result of the fond memories I have of opening my lunch at school and reading notes my mother would place inside. While I can't remember specifically what they said, they had an impact on me. They served as a reminder that my parents were thinking of me even when I wasn't with them."
The Made Up Words Project
is an on-going undertaking by illustrator Rinee Shah
(who you may remember from her Seinfood
poster series.) The goal is to collect and catalog the made up words that we share with family and friends.
, aka Tsaoshin
, draws cute monsters, dragons, Disney characters and Grumpy Cats. The last two merge in a short series of images he calls Grumpy Disney
, with the various Disney characters (mostly princesses) replaced with Grumpy Cats doing suitably Grumpy Cat
with illustrator Philip Castle
about producing the iconic film posters for Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket
and Clockwork Orange [more inside]
came to art late in his life, and with an unusual tool. At age 60, he was inspired by graphs he saw, and started using Microsoft Excel to make art in the style of traditional Japanese scenes
. See more on Spoon & Tamago
and Bored Panda
"I’ve always loved space and the planets. I’ve seen a few 'human planets' sets done by other artists and most of them are pretty literal in the human department. I wanted to try making something more androgynous and godlike.
" [more inside]
"So a friend of mine found this box by the trash, it is full of wonderful, crazy illustrations
. Clearly something happened to this guy that was very memorable."
Elizabeth Simins is an illustrator and a gamer. The latter wasn't always easy, though, which she illustrates in a four-part comic
on growing up as a girl gamer.
I am not really quite sure how to describe the website MELT
except to warn you to prepare to be away for a very long time. (NSFW).
Incorporating works of artists
(Be sure to scroll down) both surreal
and so much more.
Probably the best way to get around is to just click on the various labels.
The title of Allen Williams' website, "I Just Draw
," undersells his works. These are no idle doodles, but rather, as Guillermo del Toro wrote
: "Entire worlds flow from Allen Williams' pencil and brush. Creatures and characters more twisted and full of humanity than our imagination dares to conjure. He is an incredible draughtsman and a true original mind.
" You can see more of Williams' works on his blog
. Click on the images to enlarge them. [more inside]
(translation: "liner notes") is a short video clip that makes sense if you imagine a fan of Terry Gilliam was inspired by the animated scenes from Monty Python, but set them in the grim future of Brazil, with the added twist that the dark future is built in/around giant giraffes, turtles, whales, and bison. From the Japanese artist Yuta Ikehara, whose website and additional work is available here
; via Dark Roasted Blend's post on contemporary Japanese 2D artists
"Two years ago I set out on a journey inside my head to document the local fauna there. These photographs are what I've come back with so far, thirty three life forms that comprise the core essence of a much larger family that keeps growing everyday." Illustrations by Juan
As much as Metafilter loves Jim Henson's Dark Crystal
, neither of those films would be half as powerful without the work of Brian and Wendy Froud
. [more inside]
Ellen Raskin (1928-1984) is best known as a writer, author of The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I mean Noel)
and the Newbery Award-winning The Westing Game
. But she always considered herself an artist first. Raskin designed over 1,000 book covers
, including the iconic original cover of A Wrinkle In Time
, the edition of Dubliners
you probably read in college, and the New Directions edition of a Child's Christmas in Wales
(Raskin did the woodcuts on the inside, too; further appreciation here
.) More Raskin covers are collected in this flickr set
from Bennington College. [more inside]
was the Popular Mechanics of the Soviet Union. The magazine, whose name means Technology for the Youth, had illustrations of everything from space stations
, computerized farming
, transport of the future
, friendly robots
, to more abstract images
. If you don't want to hunt through the archive
, Mythbuster's Tested website has a gallery of 201 great images
from the magazine.
, born in 1882 in Hungary
, was an artist and illustrator
in the first half of last century, who worked on everything from children's books
to books of poetry
, history, magazine articles and ads
, and much
, much more
. [more inside]
has a plan to draw a different alien every day for a year, and animate and score a different alien world each month. He's now on month #7. You can see the aliens on the Illustrated Aliens tumblr
, or jump right to The Planets on Vimeo
. You can read more about his process in this Skwigly interview
The Moon is Rolling in Her Grave
is a video adaptation of the first chapter of the ongoing (since 2003) comic series "No Rest For The Wicked
" by Andrea L. Peterson, a fantasy / adventure / horror tale that takes traditional fairytales and turns them on their heads
: "Ms. Peterson uses, in conjunction with several more popular fables, folktales that you may have never even heard of. The entire plot actually centers around a little known Grimm fairytale called 'The Buried Moon', while also making reference to 'Red Riding Hood', 'Hansel & Gretel', 'The Girl Without Hands', 'The Boy Who Went Forth and Learned What Fear Was', and many MANY others." [more inside]
50,000 years of Western music in under 500 seconds:
A video of artist Pablo Morales de los Rios
creating one of those whiteboard-n'-marker style accelerated drawings spanning ~500 centuries of the stuff that soothes a savage breast. (Spanish, with English subtitles. Warning: may not contain all the things.)
"One day I dreamed that my parents, my brothers and I went to visit three islands and I jumped into the water without protection,
" she wrote in her diary. "I felt like I could be in the water and not drown. I was curious and I swam into the deep water and then I saw my skeleton with my name written on it.
" Roger Omar collects children's dreams
, and asks artists to illustrate them
. [more inside]