Pennsylvania artist and designer Paula Swisher takes doodling in the margins of old engineering and science manuals to new heights. She began the illustrations using nothing but ballpoint pen and white-out similar to Mark Powell’s envelopes, but soon explored new materials including colored pencil, gouache and other mixed media like thread and cut-out paper. Via email she tells me:
I’ve been using scientific imagery and information graphics off and on in my work. I seem to be drawn to the contrived sense of order that they show. In the drawings mentioned, superimposing bird imagery, hopefully, creates a visual metaphor for our attempts to make sense of our experiences.
You can see dozens more of her bird artworks here. (via mark powell’s tumblog, through the window i could see the sun)
London-based artist Mark Powell has chosen the backs of old envelopes as a canvas for these delicately rendered portraits of the elderly, using nothing more than a standard Bic Biro pen to create the delicate folds and wrinkles of their skin. I love everything about these. See much more of his work here and he sells a number of art prints over on Society6. If you liked this also check out the photography of Lee Jeffries.
A number of exquisite line drawings by Russian illustrator Vasilj Godzh. See much more over on Behance.
The inside of Mattias Adolfsson’s sketchbook looks much better than the inside of mine. These are just a few of some fantastic spreads found in his series Flying Junk and Rococo Borg. Be sure to click the images for maximum HD sketch goodness. (via behance)
Illustrator Florian Nicolle (previously) has published a wonderful collection of his textured illustrations from 2011. Layering scans of newspaper, ink, paint, and a fair amount of digital retouching he arrives at these truly remarkable portraits. See more on Behance.
I’m loving these explosively colorful graphite and watercolor pieces by Portland-based artist Zach Johnsen from his series entitled Acid Over Easy.
After graduating from the Tasmanian School of Art in 2002, Sean Edward Whelan left Australia to discover the mysteries of Japan, settling in Joetsu, Niigata where he began working as an English teacher and now works as an illustrator and artist. His lovely pencil drawings depicting a rich texture of traditional Japanese buildings, bridges and lanterns, create singular super structures in the shape of people. I can’t tell you how much I love these. Whelan had his first solo show earlier this year at No Vacancy Gallery in Melbourne, and you can see much more of his work here and here.
If you like these illustrations, you might also like the works of Vasco Mourao and Sagaki Keita. All images courtesy the artist.
Update: There’s now a nice interview with Whelan over on Charles and Ford.