Artist Lorenzo Durán lives and works in Guadalajara, Spain where for the last four years he’s focused primarily on cutting intricate illustrations from dried leaves. He often depicts animals and insects as shown above, but has explored a wide variety of geometric patterns and also does custom work on request. (via fer1972)
As part of a series of packaging designs for Triptea, designer and illustrator Andrew Gorkovenko created these surprisingly wonderful illustrations utilizing the tea contained within each box. This execution seriously goes above and beyond to create a great brand for simple product. You can see much more on his website. (via notcot)
Michigan-based author and illustrator Mark Crilley has been working on a series of “realism challenges” on his YouTube channel. In his third installment he tackled the realistic drawing of a torn playing card. Pretty incredible. (via boing boing, thnx brian!)
Book artist Thomas Allen (previously) just published a dozen new works in advance of his forthcoming show, Beautiful Evidence, at Foley Gallery in New York opening September 9th, 2012. Allen pours through old encyclopedias, primary readers and science books to extract figures for these perfectly composed illustrations. See the rest over on his blog.
Within the sketchbooks of Swedish artist Mattias Adolfsson (previously), strange comic book robots are seen running amok, fantastic steampunk-esque machines sputter to life, and airplane pilots find themselves facing interfaces encumbered with thousands of switches, dials, and tubes. It’s a world that is absurdly complex and meticulously drawn using only a finely controlled pen and a few brushstrokes of color.
Above are just a few of my favorites among Adolfsson’s prolific outpouring of work which you can follow on Flickr and Behance. He also has a number of original works available on Etsy including a new accordion fold picture book, and some of his larger drawings are now available as giclée prints over on Arte Limited.
Musician Michael Andrews (best known for his cover of the Tears for Fears song “Mad World” recorded with Gary Jules for the Donnie Darko soundtrack) just completed this fantastic collaboration with over 100 students from Dan Diego-based High Tech High International who drew over 3,000 frames for a video for his new single “Bubbles in Space”. I can’t think of anything I did in high school art that approaches anything this awesome. Great job guys. See the making of here.
Playing with light, shadow, and perspective, Japanese artist Nagai Hideyuki creates these stylized optical illusions using the entire spread of his sketchbooks. Once propped against a wall and viewed from the perfect angle his illustrations seem to leap off the page creating a visual effect similar to an MC Escher drawing. See many more examples on his website, Facebook, and deviantART. (via visual news)