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Illustration Portraits for Stylist Magazine by Mercedes deBellard

Illustration Portraits for Stylist Magazine by Mercedes deBellard

We are taking a closer look at the work of Spain-based illustrator named Mercedes deBellard and her latest illustration series for Stylist Magazine. Among the people shown in her series, you might have recognized "Mike", the kid from Netflix's Stranger Things. It's a lovely collection of both drawings and paintings; I am quite fascinated by the treatment on the hair. Each portrait is greatly defined by a unique set of lines that characterized their own personalities, it's just beautiful. Mercedes deBellard is a freelance illustrator based in Spain. I am surprised that we have never featured her work before on ABDZ, well make sure to check out her stunning portfolio via her site and also more updated on Behance. More Links Learn more about Mercedes deBellard at mercedesdebellard.net Follow Mercedes's work on Behance Illustration, Drawing & Painting  

Illustration: Bic Biro Drawings on Antique Maps

Illustration: Bic Biro Drawings on Antique Maps

We would like to feature the work of London-based artist named Mark Powell with his bic biro drawings. For this series, he decided to base his drawings on antique maps, it's quite crazy when you think of it. But a piece of history is getting reinvented with his sublime art, must be a nice way to pay tribute to the past. Using bic biro which is using an inexpensive disposable ballpoint pen as a tool, check it out. Mark Powell is an illustrator from London, UK. We have featured his work before on ABDZ back in 2015. Glad to see Mark still working on his craft. bic biro ballpoint pen drawings on antique documents More Links Learn more about Mark Powell via Facebook Follow Mark on Behance Illustration & Drawings  

Super Realistic Pencil Drawings by Arinze Stanley

Super Realistic Pencil Drawings by Arinze Stanley

If you like super realistic drawings you have come to the right place. Take your time to admire the exquisite work of Nigerian artist Arinze Stanley. Arinze has some impressive hyperreal pencil drawings in his portfolio. The images look so perfect you will wonder if they are photos or not. At least I was so amazed with all the details and realism of the images that I had to stay focused on the fact that I was looking at drawings. His images look so soft and realistic, it is amazing. The artist works with graphite and charcoal pencils and creates huge portraits that take hours (around 150 to 200) to be completed. From beautiful hair to droplets of sweat and subtle light reflections, the portraits are pure perfection. It is nice to see the stages of each drawing Arinze publishes. This way you can keep track of the amazing work he creates while reminding yourself that you are looking at a pencil drawing. Check out the images we have here and make sure to visit his Instagram for more info about each piece. Enjoy! Arinze is a passionate Nigerian artist who is keen to capture and represent the essence of individual life forms and expressions through his drawings. More about Arinze Stanley: Instagram Facebook

Exquisite Colored Pencil drawings by Morgan Davidson

Exquisite Colored Pencil drawings by Morgan Davidson

It is always great to find new artists out there to present here to you. Today I will show you some artworks from Morgan Davidson. Morgan is a talented illustrator from Florida which has been in love with drawing since a very young age. Her pieces are very colorful, detailed and realistic. Even with some strong colors her work is also very delicate. The way she uses colors and textures is really inspiring. Make sure to check her website and Behance page to know more about each artwork. Take a look! My work is mostly drawn in colored pencil, a medium I started working with when I was a child. I’ve always been drawn to it’s precise nature and how easily you can create a wide range of textures. I also love mixing other mediums with my colored pencils, using bases such as watercolor, marker, oil rub or pan pastel and layering media on top like gouache, gel pen or acrylic. The possibilities are endless! All Rights to Morgan Davidson All Rights to Morgan Davidson All Rights to Morgan Davidson All Rights to Morgan Davidson All Rights to Morgan Davidson All Rights to Morgan Davidson All Rights to Morgan Davidson All Rights to Morgan Davidson All Rights to Morgan Davidson All Rights to Morgan Davidson All Rights to Morgan Davidson All Rights to Morgan Davidson All Rights to Morgan Davidson More about Morgan Davidson: Website Facebook Instagram Behance

Moody Illustrations by Elicia Edijanto

Moody Illustrations by Elicia Edijanto

Since starting Abduzeedo I've come across an infinite number of inspiring illustrations varying in style. Colorful, 80s, 90s, 3D, you name it and we've probably published it and continue to find inspiration from incredible artists around the globe. To date, I have to say that the work that Elicia Edijanto shared on his Behance profile really deserves to be at the top of my list. It reminds me of the game Limbo because of the mood and aesthetics, however Elicia's work has far more texture and personality. One of the things that make the work shine in my opinion is the mix of techniques, drawing and painting with just some brush splatters. Add to that, an interesting combination of subjects, like the friendship of a boy and a bear or other animals and you have a beautiful and moody set of illustrations. For more information make sure to check out Elicia's page at https://www.behance.net/eliciaedijanto

Collab drawings with Rafael Dukenny

Collab drawings with Rafael Dukenny

This is a really cool project by Brazilian artist Rafael Dukenny where he asks people to draw a random red line and then he completes the illustration. Check out the results, it's awesome! For more from Rafael Dukenny visit behance.net/dukenny.

Classic Illustrations by Mark Bender

Classic Illustrations by Mark Bender

Mark Bender’s artisan illustration is classically inspired and hand crafted, combining traditional media with contemporary technology to create compelling imagery that connects with the audience. Check it out! For more from Mark Bender visit benderillustration.com and behance.net/MarkBender. PITTSBURGH FEAST HEAVENLY PASTRIES A MOVABLE FEAST EDITORIAL UPTOWN COFFEE MICK JAGGER Editorial Portrait

Remarkable Drawings by Raf Banzuela III

Remarkable Drawings by Raf Banzuela III

Raf Banzuela III is an artist and illustrator based in Pasig, Phillipines. Using his tools of trade, a graphite and a piece of paper, Raf does explore his imagination through his magnificient and detailled drawings. These pieces are just stunning, hope you'll enjoy! All Rights to Raf Banzuela All Rights to Raf Banzuela All Rights to Raf Banzuela All Rights to Raf Banzuela All Rights to Raf Banzuela All Rights to Raf Banzuela All Rights to Raf Banzuela All Rights to Raf Banzuela All Rights to Raf Banzuela All Rights to Raf Banzuela All Rights to Raf Banzuela All Rights to Raf Banzuela All Rights to Raf Banzuela All Rights to Raf Banzuela Links More about Raf Banzuela on DeviantArt: http://3tx.deviantart.com Follow Raf on Behance: https://www.behance.net/tritx

Honoring Oscar de la Renta

Honoring Oscar de la Renta

This post is in honor of the late, great fashion designer Oscar de la Renta who passed on today. The Dominican Republic born de la Renta left an indelible mark on the world of fashion and beyond and his influence will carry over for decades and centuries to come. Having left his homeland for Spain to study painting at 18, de la Renta went on to hone his skills in fashion design later resulting in an incredibly successful enterprise carrying his namesake. His beautifully designed clothing has been worn by a vast array of distinguished women and celebrities alike. In this post, we've curated a selection of some of our favorite sketches in hopes to inspire the next generation of burgeoning fashion designers. It all begins with simple pen to paper. Vaya con Dios, Oscar!

Surreal Compositions by Redmer Hoekstra

Surreal Compositions by Redmer Hoekstra

I am a huge fan of surrealism, especially the unreal compositions mixing objects in ways that challenge our imagination. Redmer Hoekstra shared on his Behance page some incredible drawings exploring some of these ideas. Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. The aim was to "resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality." Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, created strange creatures from everyday objects and developed painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself and/or an idea/concept. - Wikipedia For more information and to check out Redmer's full portfolio visit http://www.redmerhoekstra.nl/

Photo Realistic Pastel Drawings

Photo Realistic Pastel Drawings

Rubén Belloso is an amazing artist from Seville, Spain. He specializes on drawing huge portraits using pastel on wooden canvas, and the result is so realistic is hard to believe it's only a drawing. Check it out! For more from Rubén Belloso visit benbe.deviantart.com, and Facebook.

Creative Self-Portrait Drawings by Gaikuo

Creative Self-Portrait Drawings by Gaikuo

Gaikuo is an artist from Beijing, China and he decided to put himself into drawings of characters from his favourite comics, cartoons and films, including The Dark Knight Rises, Avengers, Dragon Ball, Naruto, Pokémon and more. Comic fans will appreciate his creativity and appreciate his way to re-imagine the comic world. Find out more about Gaikuo and his drawings via his Zcool Profile All Rights to Gaikuo All Rights to Gaikuo All Rights to Gaikuo All Rights to Gaikuo All Rights to Gaikuo All Rights to Gaikuo All Rights to Gaikuo All Rights to Gaikuo All Rights to Gaikuo All Rights to Gaikuo All Rights to Gaikuo All Rights to Gaikuo All Rights to Gaikuo All Rights to Gaikuo All Rights to Gaikuo All Rights to Gaikuo All Rights to Gaikuo All Rights to Gaikuo Links More info about Gaikuo: http://www.zcool.com.cn/u/1324362

Showcase of Beautiful Moleskine Art

Showcase of Beautiful Moleskine Art

Legendary Moleskine Notebooks continue to rock. These notebooks with soft paper, hard cover and an elastic band, carry out the magic of some great talented people who used them, like Oscar Wilde, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Henri Matisse. Combine that with a compact size and good protection, it can travel anywhere with you without compromising the art inside. It´s no wonder that Moleskine Notebooks was and always will be one of the favorite notebooks of all time. Gabriele Brombin Michael Murdock Carol Rivello Heidi Burton Maykel Nunes Floksy Irina Vinnik Christian Borku michael hepher Andrew Maikov Andrea Joseph Anna Rusakova Guest author Ola, i´m Alexandre Ribeiro a creative freelancer with a passion for photography, illustration and interface design. Take a look at some of my work here.

Amazing 3D Drawings by Nagai Hideyuki

Nagai Hideyuki aka Hide is a 21 year old Japanese artists with tremendous drawing skills. The ability to turn simple pencil drawings into 3D is just amazing. It feels like the drawing is coming out of the notebook. Take a look at some of his work and enjoy the inspiration! For more from Nagai visit nagaihideyukiart.jimdo.com

Interview with Sam Wolfe Connelly

Today we had the opportunity to interview a skillful young artist, Sam Wolfe Connelly. On this interview, Sam talked about some of his ideas and concepts on creativity, illustration and life. Hope you guys enjoy it. You can know more about Sam at his Website or at his Blog. 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for illustration and art? I've always been into art since I can remember. I started doing illustration though after I saw an illustration by Sam Weber on the cover of Communication Arts (the 2008 issue I think). It was a portrait of a bloody vampire and I was like 'whoa, this is illustration?' and from then on out, I knew what I wanted to major in at school. I think I was always under the impression that the category of 'illustration' had to be dull and mainstream, but I was inspired to see that I could make it my own. 2) Which artists do you use for reference? These days I really try not to look to hard at any other artist's work, alive or dead, simply because it seems really easy to slip into a state where my art doesn't feel like my own. I tend to look much more at photography as a form of inspiration, and my technique tends to branch off on its own from that. It helped me a lot in school to look closely at artists that I admired and to learn how they approached drawings, but it makes it easier on finding my 'style' by distancing myself from them now. 3) Your style is quite influenced by fine art, realistic and surrealistic paintings. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? I hardly ever know what to describe my own stuff as. I've heard people say 'dream like' which I think is a little funny since I rarely dream at all. I like leaving some mystery in my work. I think a valuable thing to do is hide elements from your viewer, because too much of what I see today is so blatantly exposed, it gets boring fast. Anything somberly eerie really intrigues me, and I always try my best to stay true to what I really find fascinating. I think there comes a point where you, as an artist, need to create a visual language for yourself, and the only way you can, is if you pursue and draw what you truly love. For a while I felt like I had to look for a 'style' or look for a voice to shine through in my art, but that mindset only sets you farther away from what you really should be achieving. I just take a step back and ask myself 'what do I really want to express?' rather than 'what SHOULD I express?' 4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece. First I'll figure out what I need to say, whether it be a job or a personal piece. I'll break it down into basic elements that I want to include and try and fit them into a nice composition using thumbnails. Sometimes I'll go through a couple, sometimes I'll got through 30. Once I figure out the blocking and shapes, I'll do a final sketch in actual size on newsprint and transfer it over to my final paper (which is usually either BFK Rives or Stonehenge). Then I'll do the actual drawing in graphite and bring it into photoshop and add some coloring. 5)What's the best thing about working with illustration and what is the worst? Best thing is getting paid to do what I love. The worst would most definitely be dealing with the certain clientele that act like they know what they want from a project, but wind up leading you through rounds and rounds of excellent ideas only to end up where you started. It's always a shame to see good ideas go to waste. 6) How do you describe your daily routine? I have pretty bad insomnia, so I'll tend to wake up around noon, make coffee, answer some emails, and sit down at the drawing table at around 1. From then on til about 3-4 am I'll work (with a few breaks thrown in for eating and reading). Then I'll pass out, wake up, and do it all again. 7) Which is your favorite piece so far? Usually it tends to be whatever I'm working on currently, and then immediately once I finish it, I'll hate it and never want to look on it again. BUT I guess I could say, for me, 'Harvest' seems to be the one that I enjoy the most as of now. The mood in that piece is really close to what I shoot for in all of my work and the drawing seems to speak well for itself. 8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every illustrator. -Even when you're working for a client, you're working for yourself, so make your art appealing to you. In some cases you'll have to compromise, but it's a good mindset to start things off with. -You're bound to get a whole lot of rejection. Revel in it and use it to push your stuff further. -Be nice to people. -Know your own worth and don't sell yourself short. -Draw more. 9) Tell us some websites that you like to visit. I found this website with a lot of hi rez images of paintings which is really great for reference and looking at close details you cant find mush of on the internet: http://www.waterlili.es/ I also like to check out what Tor.com has every once in a while because you can find interesting gems like this: http://www.tor.com/features/series/a-is-for-artist Other than that, I mainly stick to what my tumblr feed dishes out. 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business. Sometimes it's hard to figure out where to start or where you want to head, but just remind yourself that as long as you're drawing or painting or making something, you're going somewhere and improving your skills. Make sure it's for you though, and no one else. Everyone makes art when they're little for their own enjoyment, so dont let the possibility of getting paid for it ruin that.

Stylish Illustrations by Chris Gall

Chris Gall has been drawing pictures and writing stories for as long as he can remember. When he was caught drawing pictures on his desk in second grade, his teacher made him clean all the desks in the classroom. She suggested that he might be an artist someday. He won a Read Magazine Young Writer's Award in 7th grade, and that inspired him to write stories to go with his art. In college he decided to become an illustrator for a living and he has been creating artwork ever since. His artwork has been seen in almost every publication in America, including Time, Newsweek, People, Fortune, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. He has won over 50 major awards from such organizations as Communication Arts Magazine and the Society of Illustrators. He has been an adjunct professor of art at the University of Arizona, he loves to restore classic cars, he pilots all kinds of airplanes, and he even spent 4 years as a professional stand-up comedian. For more information about Chris Gall visit his Web site at http://www.chrisgall.com/ Some Works PROCESS I researched the life of the author, including interviews and essays which addressed the author’s inspiration for the poem. After I felt I had a good sense of the author’s intent, I set about to narrow down my possible subject matter to a classic symbol of American industry in the early 20th century-the Chrysler Building in New York. I wanted to capture the sense of drama, wonder and achievement that was prevalent during that period of American history. But more than an architectural solution was required-I needed to address the human element as well. After many sketches I centered around a quiet moment perched high on one of the steel gargoyles. The solution lay in the juxtaposition of architectural drama and everyday life. Cocktail Book For the past 6 months I have been collaborating with an internationally-known NYC mixologist to create an illustrated book of modern mixology. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it means cocktails. Very sophisticated cocktails. The high-end cocktail scene is exploding in NYC right now, and is spreading quickly around the world. These illustrations are but a fraction of the art I have created for the book, each illustration typically paired with a particular cocktail recipe. I was working with with a limited palette for the unity of the design of the book.

Drawings made on Starbuck's Sleeve

Loris Grillet is a graphic and web designer from Geneva, Switzerland. Last year he was in Japan learning japonese and used to stopped by Starbucks before going to classes and as he loves to draw he decided to start doing some drawings on Starbucks cup sleeves. We really liked that idea and that's why we are sharing some of the drawings here with you I had 10 weeks japanese classes in Fukuoka on Kyushu island, Japan. The morning, I often stopped by the Starbucks. At first, I tried to re-use my sleeves by bringing it back the next morning and some day I started to keep them and ask for a new one every day to draw on it. On my last day, I offered my small collection to the Starbucks' employees I spoke with every day. For more information about Loris, visit his Web site at http://www.loriskumo.com/