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Realistic Drawings by Monica Lee

Realistic Drawings by Monica Lee

Monica Lee is an amazing artist from Malaysia and she has so much talent. Her drawings are done in graphite on paper and they are so realistic you can see them alive. Check them out! For more from Monica Lee visit facebook.com/monicaleeart and instagram.com/zephyrxavier.

Hand Illustrated Book by Allen Crawford

Hand Illustrated Book by Allen Crawford

"Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself," an illustrated edition of Walt Whitman's iconic poem. The entire 256-page book is drawn by hand by Allen Crawford. For more from Allen Crawford visit planktonart.com.

The Sketch of a Life

The Sketch of a Life

Awesome project by French designer Sébastien Del Grosso where he illustrate in sketches the major stages of his life. Take a look, get inspired and try it yourself! For more from Sébastien Del Grosso visit behance.net/s-d-g. Since my childhood, drawing has always been a passion, but when I discovered photography, I thought that the combination of these two passions could afford to give free rein to my imagination. In this series "The sketch of a life" (The sketch of a life), I wanted to illustrate the major stages of my life, like my sketches had given birth to reality. In the prelude to this new series, I propose a self portrait

Little Wings Hand Drawing

Little Wings Hand Drawing

Alex Konahin is an Artist from Latvia and he own some amazing hand drawing skills. In this series called little wings he draws 4 insects that do in fact have little wings but the way he carves them it's majestic. Enjoy! For more from Alex Konahin visit behance.net/konahin. Hey people! I am presenting my new project 'Little Wings'. I've been inspired to create this series last summer in the Netherlands. It was a fantastic time living in the countryside away from noisy cities. I aslo would like to thank my Dutch friends for giving me such possibility! Work on A3 paper using fineliners and india ink.

Back to the Basics: Draw more

Back to the Basics: Draw more

Today, while working and sketching, I decided to deviate a little bit and draw something different than UIs and logos like I've been doing for the past 15 years. It's amazing how terrible I am at that, not saying that at my best I was any better, but I was definitely able to draw different things. With that in mind I've decided to practice a little bit every day, especially after looking at the drawings of A-D-I--N-U-G-R-O-H-O on his DeviantArt page. So in this post I want to share with you the work of Adinugroho, an illustrator from Indonesia. I hope his work inspires you to make an effort to draw more and have more fun without the computer :)

Eye-catching Abstract Sketches

Eye-catching Abstract Sketches

We designers have a tendency to doodle on anything from sketchbooks to cocktail napkins. The most gratifying part of this exercise is when free form doodles turn into the beginning of an amazing illustration. What sometimes starts as a simple way to pass the time may turn into something abstract, intriguing or dare we say surrealistic. To illustrate this, we've handpicked a few groovy examples we stumbled upon and hope that these will inspire you to come up with some off the cuff sketches of your own. We'll keep an eye out. Equilibrium by MeRuxi In your Eye by lauraborealisis tunnel vision HI RES by ecks-i Right Hand June July 2007 by MetalDad56 Surreal mind by shinigami-el Convergence by Drecksen sketchbookiness 1 by wantonlemonade --VISIONS-- by Astral-Haze Vision by MeRuxi The Trap. by toto-2403 sunlionmandala by Arzamas

Digital Illustration Case Study by Adolfo Correa

Digital Illustration Case Study by Adolfo Correa

A couple of years ago we published a beautiful wallpaper created by Adolfo Correa, a student of Graphic Design from Santiago, Chile. The image is a mix of drawings and digital arts with a really cool outcome. Adolfo has some great works in his portfolio and that we highly recommend that you check it out, especially some of the typography artworks like The Prodigi, A Tribute to Yulia Brodskaya and Free Tibet + Typography Case Study Final Piece Details For more information visit Adolfo's portfolio at http://www.behance.net/kultsi

Mind-Blowing Colored Pencil Drawings by Mário Freire

Mind-Blowing Colored Pencil Drawings by Mário Freire

It's really cool to see how some artists can explore different mediums to the extreme ways. I never thought that colored pencils could be a good media for realistic portraits until I saw the work of Mario Freire, it creeps me out a lot. You can see more outstanding colored pencil drawings at Mario's DevianArt Gallery.

Pencil on Paper Portraits

Pencil on Paper Portraits

This amazing series of pencil on paper by T.S. Abe a illustrator from Brixton UK. Abe has successfully progressed from early aged doodles, to firmly realized pencil works. Her drawings have graced a multitude of mediums; from album covers to exhibition walls and a London bus. For more from T.S. Abe visit tsabe.co.uk and behance.net/TSabe

DVD Review: How to Draw Cars Now by Driven Mavens + Discount Code

Today I decided to make a change and make a review instead of a feature post. This amazing opportunity came to me from car designer Arvind Ramkrishna from Driven Mavens, he gladly sent me one copy of his DVD now in sale "How to Draw Cars Now". I really had a fun time going through his DVD and this is my review. What started as a Kickstarter Project hugely became into a successful story about Arvind getting his knowledge out for aspiring designers and drawing hobbyists to automotive design and illustration using markers, pencils, gouache paints and of course Photoshop. A great mix of modern and old school styling into your work. To find out more about Arvind Ramkrishna and Driven Maven, you can check out his website / blog at DrivenMavens.com, also check out their website HowToDrawCarsNow.com or just like them on Facebook. Review With more than 4 hours of video content with 4 ebooks, Arvind really takes you on a ride of instructional content and you clearly see the focus is on How to Draw Cars and with a complete workshop on the matter. With loads of training exercises and reference, what strikes me more is that Arvind kept the old good ways of drawing with pencils and markers. Since with all the technology around us, I am in agreement that the best way to learn. One thing I really enjoyed was how easy Arvind took us along the way in the videos. He has a way of explaining things with such a educational and inspiring to work more on your drawings. Of course, it will take a lot of practice but I truly think you can produce some amazing sketches and renderings in the automotive design. Some samples from Arvind Ramkrishna's work Arvind Ramkrishna from Driven Mavens Arvind Ramkrishna from Driven Mavens Arvind Ramkrishna from Driven Mavens Arvind Ramkrishna from Driven Mavens Arvind Ramkrishna from Driven Mavens Arvind Ramkrishna from Driven Mavens Discount Code Arvind is giving us away a Discount Code "Abduzeedo" of 15% of any purchases on his store. Check out this store at: store.drivenmaven.com.

Introducing the Skillful Johnny Crap

Jonathan Bergeron aka. Johnny Crap is a really skillful traditional illustrator from Quebec, Canada. Using a lot of popular references on his artworks such as Star Wars, Johnny got some hardcore feelings that remind me of the master Jim Phillips. You can check his last updates on Johnny artworks on his Tumblr/Blog, he also got a Behance Profile.

Mysterious Illustrations by Florian Nicolle

Florian Nicolle is a graphic designer from France that has an unique style of illustrations. It's a mix of drawing, illustrating and painting that combined together is very unique and unusual but the result is extremely amazing. This mix give each piece a sense of mystery and a great blend to play with the viewers mind. Enjoy! For mor from Florian visit neo-innov.fr I try to create an image that retains its freshness of the first paint stroke, the expressions of the line have to be very free and spontaneous. While keeping a rigorous drawing. So i use fast techniques, like a bic, large brush, watercolor and chines ink. I draw a picture as if I wrote a text, with the same tool, the same freedom, erasures, lines, scribbles, …

Reader Tutorial: Wrestlerish Album Artwork by Chris Valentine

This is a short case study on the album artwork I did for the South African band, Wrestlerish. There were at least 8 different illustrations for this album, so I've decided to focus on the portraits which I combined for the poster design and booklet.Apologies for the low res process pics, but I only had access to my phone during the drawing process. Step 1 My first step when drawing portraits is to make sure all of the elements of the face are accurately positioned. I first block in the rough shape of the head, and then go in and add in rough positional marks for the nose, eyes, ears etc. I always work very closely from my photograph at this point and use my pencil to measure spaces and convert to the page accordingly. I use a Faber Castelle 0.5mm mechanical pencil with corresponding 2B lead and a putty eraser. Step 2 I now begin fleshing out some of the details. Once I am 100% sure that the landmarks of the face are accurate, I can start detailing without worrying too much about likeness. I carefully analyse each element of the photograph & try to reproduce exactly what I see onto my drawing. This takes a lot of practice, but with time you start relating value in the photograph to different pressure levels with the pencil and it becomes easier to get your drawing true to the photograph. Step 3 In this step I started with the beard. This was the most painful part of the drawing as it involved hundreds of tiny little pencil marks with different areas of light and dark. Always remember, the devil is in the details. I try to pick out the dark and light areas of the beard and shade accordingly, using tightly packed strokes for the dark areas and more sparse pencil marks for the light bits. Step 4 Step 4 is essentially the polishing phase where I add in final details and make sure I've got the likeness right. If it doesn't look like the guy by now it's a bit of a problem; so always try and leave your dark shading until you're sure you have the likeness correct! This step is all about adding the finishing details and highlighting the smaller features of a person's face that aren't immediately noticeable. Step 5 As you can see in the image, I like to work on A4 (29.7cm x 21.0cm) paper, normally 200GSM as it's heavy enough to handle acrylic inks without warping. I always use masking tape to attach the page to a hard board working surface to press on. Once I have finished my drawing, I scan it in at 600DPI and bring it into Photoshop. Step 6 This is how a drawing typically ends up looking once it's ready to be integrated into my digital piece. I will normally drag the scan into a new document (with a size relative to the job description), and I'll use the levels adjustment layer to bring the darks out and improve the general contrast. I'll also go around the piece with a soft eraser and remove any marks I may have left on the page. It's also important to note that I set the layer's blending mode to 'Multiply'. This removes the white from the layer and leaves your pencil marks so you can work underneath them. Blending modes can be found in the dropdown menu above your layers palette which will say 'Normal' if you haven't changed it yet. Conclusion Once I had done this for each of the band members, I brought them all together into one huge canvas and messed around with various paint splatters and watercolor scans, as well as the cover artwork of the Johannesburg skyline. I would love to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to get in contact. For more information about Chris Valentine visit his site at http://valentinedesign.co.za and follow his Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/christhecook

Breathtaking Drawing by Joe Fenton

Joe Fenton is an unbelievable illustrator with an incredible amount of talent and patience to create his masterpieces. In this post we will show one of his masterpieces called "Solitude" an 8"ft wide and 5"ft high canvas full of small detailed drawings that start with graphite and later gets a final touch of ink and acrylics. Check it out! For more from Joe Fenton visit joefentonart.com

Amazing Sketch Book Drawings

This amazing sketch book belongs to Russian artist and illustrator Irina Vinnik. These sketches are so amazingly done that they look more like the final piece, each page takes you to a different world of details that makes you dive into this drawings. Take a look and let us know what you think. For more from Irina Vinnik visit vinnik.net

More Fantastic Drawings by Mattias Adolfsson

Past november we had a super nice post about the drawings of illustrator Mattias Adolfsson. Well, when someone is too good to be true, we usually update you guys with their latest work, so here's more of this drawings. These are his work done in his moleskine from February to May (2011) and I got say that I never get tired of his art. It's pretty sweet and totally badass at the same time. For more of his work, you should visit his portfolio at Behance. I hope you enjoy these, once more! Cheers. ;)

Paintings and Drawings by Charmaine Olivia

Charmaine Olivia is for me one of the greatest design/art revelations from 2010. A 22 years old girl based at San Francisco, CA, she consider herself as a drawer, painter, tea-drinker and a self-taught artist. Her paintings and drawings show us a very particular fashion and beautiful reality with portraits of tattooed, sexy and interesting girls. I'm a dreamer, painter, tea-drinker, self-taught San Franciscan artist. I was born and raised in a small beach town in Southern California where I first started drawing with soy sauce on napkins but have since upgraded to paper and paint. I now reside in San Francisco's sunny Mission District where I love playing Scrabble in the park, cuddling with my kitten & drinking peppermint tea ( Charmaine's Website ). A huge source of inspiration are my dreams. I dream every night (which can be tiresome.) I rarely have a shortage of ideas or inspiration, it’s finding the time to create all the images in my head that can be tricky. Unfortunately many of these mental images get lost and buried under new ones ( We love Creativity Charmaine's Interview ) You can know more about Charmaine Olivia and her work by accessing her Website and her Devianart.