Illustration

Dig Into an Enormous Archive of Drawings Unveiling the Complex Root Systems of 1,180 Plants

 History Illustration Science #botany #drawing #plants #roots January 10, 2022 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Wageningen University & Research It’s generally understood that terrestrial plant life evolved from algae, one key to its successful adaptation being roots that sprawled underground to absorb important nutrients and water. Billions of years later, the fibrous networks …

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In ‘Wild Design,’ Vintage Illustrations Expose the Patterns and Shapes Behind All Life on Earth

 Illustration Science #biology #birds #books #mushrooms #nature #pattern January 5, 2022 Grace Ebert Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur, 1904. Gotha: Bibliographisches Institut. All images from Wild Design: Nature’s Architects by Kimberly Ridley, published by Princeton Architectural Press, shared with permission of the publisher Focusing on the patterns and shapes that structure the planet, a …

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Energetic Explosions of Color and Doodles Encircle the Subjects of Russ Mills’s Digital Portraits

 Illustration #digital #portraits December 9, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Russ Mills, shared with permission Artist Russ Mills (previously) describes his chaotic, illustrated portraits as being ruled by the absurd. Bright bursts of color, paint splatters, and doodles scrawl across the canvas and surround single figures with a mishmash of markings. “I try …

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Miniature Watercolor Works by Ruby Silvious Are Painted on Stained Teabags

 Art Illustration #landscapes #miniature #painting #tea #watercolor November 26, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Ruby Silvious, shared with permission Ruby Silvious’s quaint seaside scenes and bucolic landscapes nestle between the torn edges and wrinkled folds of a used teabag. The Coxsackie, New York-based artist (previously) paints miniature scenes of everyday life on the …

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Surreal Characters Vacation at a Fantastic Resort in a 1,500-Piece Puzzle by Marija Tiurina

 Illustration #puzzles #surreal #watercolor November 12, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Marija Tiurina Marija Tiurina is known for her chaotic, fictionalized worlds that offer a brief escape from reality, so it’s fitting that London-based artist (previously) turned one of her larger watercolor renderings into a daunting 1,500-piece puzzle. Brimming with surreal splendor, the …

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‘A Library of Misremembered Books’ Is a Witty, Illustrated Compendium of Mistaken Titles

 Illustration #books #humor #satire November 5, 2021 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Chronicle Books, shared with permission Marina Luz’s A Library of Misremembered Books is an ode to all of our favorite titles that we can’t quite recall: there’s the ’80’s high-school classic “Popular Girls Who Shoplift,” the one with the “Cat Possibly …

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Wild Animals Occupy Suburban Nights in Nicholas Moegly’s Mysterious Illustrations

 Illustration #animals #drawing #light November 4, 2021 Grace Ebert “An Escape Plan.” All images © Nicholas Moegly, shared with permission In Nicholas Moegly’s shadow-laden illustrations, wild animals descend on backyards and unoccupied streets illuminated by artificial lights. The Cincinnati-based artist largely focuses on the quiet, mundane landscapes of Midwestern suburbia, although each of his …

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An Illustrated Children’s Book Is a Sensitive Retelling of a Timber Elephant’s Role in WWII

 Illustration #animals #books #children’s book #drawing #elephants November 1, 2021 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Flying Eye Books, shared with permission Meet Bandoola, an Asian timber elephant the British Army enlisted in WWII. Purchased as a calf, the lumbering creature was shipped to a teak plantation where he was forced to drag and …

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Phantom Clouds Descend from the Sky in Vorja Sánchez’s Illustrated Photos

 Illustration Photography #clouds #drawing #landscapes October 28, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Vorja Sánchez, shared with permission In Vorja Sánchez’s ghostly dreamworld, spectral creatures plunge from the sky with long, wispy appendages that grasp onto the landscape. The Barcelona-based artist and illustrator (previously) disrupts otherwise peaceful photos with the massive forms that haunt …

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Dizzying Patterns Envelop Imagined Characters in Portraits by Sofia Bonati

 Illustration #butterflies #drawing #flowers #pattern #portraits October 22, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Sofia Bonati, shared with permission In the hypnotic portraits of Argentinian artist Sofia Bonati (previously), women find themselves embraced by backgrounds of black-and-white linework, foliage, and abstract geometries. The feminine characters often have rosy cheeks and earnest expressions, and they …

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