is an award-winning British illustrator famous for his bestselling "Incredible" series of engineering art books: Incredible Cross-Sections
, Incredible Explosions
, Incredible Body
, and many more
. A master draftsman, Biesty does not use computers or even rulers
in composing his intricate and imaginative drawings, relying on nothing more than pen and ink, watercolor, and a steady hand. Over the years, he's adapted his work to many other mediums, including pop-up books
, educational games
), interactive history sites
, and animation
. You can view much of his work in the zoomable galleries
on his professional page, or click inside for a full listing of direct links to high-resolution, desktop-quality copies from his and other sites, including several with written commentary from collaborator Richard Platt [site, .mp3 chat]
. [more inside]
Nearly three decades ago, folklorist Alvin Schwartz
published Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
, the first of three horror anthologies that would go on to become the single most challenged book series of the 1990s
. But most of the backlash
was against not the stories themselves (which were fairly tame), but rather the illustrations of artist Stephen Gammell
. His bizarre, grotesque, nightmarish black-and-white inkscapes suffused every page with an eerie, unsettling menace. Sadly, the series has since been re-issued
with new illustrations by Brett Helquist
, of A Series of Unfortunate Events
fame. Luckily for fans of Gammell's dark vision, copies of the old artwork abound online, including in these three image galleries: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones
. Interested in revisiting the stories themselves? Then don't miss the virtual re-enactments of YouTube user MoonRaven09
, or the dramatic readings of fellow YouTuber daMeatHook
, Fritz Eichenberg
, Bernie Wrightson
, at datajunkie
Warning: Non-Thumbnailed galleries and YouTube sidebar. May not be suitable for all CPUs.
Japan's National Diet Library Gallery
has been mentioned here before, but the Pink Tentacle blog
came across some fantastic late Edo period illustrations
in the NDL Gallery by Kurimoto Tanshu (栗本丹洲, 1756 - 1834). Apparently he was a doctor, but he seems to be better known for his hundreds of biological illustrations. Many are of sea creatures
, but there are also quite a few other plants
. ranging from realistic renditions
to bizarre creatures
. A huge and varied collection, but all are equally fascinating.
Ink drawings by Ben Tolman
, somewhat NSFW
. There may be an issue with the side frame not scrolling in Firefox; if this is the case, click here, here, here, and here to see the galleries.
Illustrations by Reilly Stroope
. (Flash interface.)
Not safe for work: Baby Art
: the profoundly fucked-up artwork
of one Trevor Brown, a fabulously unwell individual.
The mystery of Stefan Mart and the 'Tales of the Nations'.
"The Tales of Nations" was not an ordinary book that you could buy in a book store, and it's mysterious narrator/illustrator disappeared into the darkness of Hitler's Germany, seemingly without a trace. Learn the background, read the stories, and view all 150 fabulous colour illustrations — "small in size, but strong in expression, each a microcosm packed with action, each a feast for the eyes like a beautifully set jewel".
It appears to be so simple
, but as Fred Astaire
once said "they'll never know how hard I work to let the strings show.
started out as a Graphic Designer and later turned to Illustration. You've seen her work on things like Uno Cards
, Nick at Night
and TV Land
. She is a master at caricatures
and even has a freaky cool gallery
to view as well.
Yeah baby! Bite my toenails!
, it's all about the luuurve. Remics Vol. 3
features illustrations by 29 artists on the theme of "love"; past editions (Flash and some sound) explored thoughts on "Place
" and "Birthday
"A wicked noblewoman presides over a decadent court of masked revelers. The most beautiful of waxen automatons is brought to life by a sorceress, her very heart hiding a deadly secret. And then love triumphs, if but for a single moment, before a sudden and terrifying finale. This is the bizarre world of The Princess of Wax".
Limned by descriptors such as "sinister", "ravishing" and "decadent", illustrated by a noted French surrealist painter
, and inspired by a real-life fantastical figure
, "The Princess of Wax - a Cruel Tale" (web site here
), promises to be a satisfyingly twisted modern addition to the cherished fairy tale genre. More >>>
is to the iconic saucer-eyed urchins
of the '60s as Salvador Dali is to Hickory Dickory Dock. His delicate palette, fine details and classical references offer compelling counterpoint to the deliciously disturbing imagery of les tykes terrible
in collections such as "Blood: Miniature Paintings of Sorrow & Fear"; "Bunnies and Bees: Paintings Created to Illustrate DIVINE TRUTH in Accordance with the Secret Principles of SCIENCE AND SOUL"; and "The Meat Show: Paintings about Childen, God, and USDA Grade A Beef". Plus, they're kids - with big eyes
Reality is beginning to seem more and more like Naoto Hattori's surreality
; check the gallery
and see if you agree. ("Money, Blunts, 40's And Bitches
" just amuses me hugely - I think it's the "bitches".) I particularly like the "Extras
" section, in which he reveals a bit of the process behind the paintings. (Plus, snowboards