Drawing Connections

Drawing:
1. a graphic representation by lines of an object or idea (i.e. drawing a dog)
2. to deduce; infer (i.e. drawing a conclusion).

Okay, a pun is clearly ineffective if it requires explanation. That’s why I’m leaving the task to expert-punner Jaco Haasbroek, a freelance illustrator and designer based in Cape Town, South Africa.

I love this series titled “Food, Object or Animal”, created using acrylic and ink. They’re so clever and made my giggle on the inside.

This truly needs no further explanation, you just have to see them…

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Which one’s your favourite?

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Paper Art Magic

If you’re talking about dedication to one’s craft…Calvin Nicholls is your man.

Some of his pieces can take a couple of weeks to create, and the more elaborate pieces sometimes take a year to complete!

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This amazingly detailed work is carefully formed from an initial hand-drawn template, with the haut-relief effect being achieved through a meticulous process involving X-ACTO knives, scalpels, scissors, glue, and most of all, a love for what he does and a whole lot of time.

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Paper cut perfection like I’ve never seen before…

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The Art of Death

Is it morbid to thoroughly enjoy looking at de(re)constructed skulls in all shapes and sizes? I guess not, beauty comes in all forms.

Ali Gulec from İkiiki created a series of amazing skull illustrations, each one composed of experiments combining different items to form the ubiquitous symbol of death adding another level of complexity from the last. They are created using digital and traditional collage, painting, and/or photography.

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“Although I illustrate many subjects with a little touch of humor, skulls are my most known and appreciated ones. I believe people like my skulls because the contradictions such as life and death are much more obvious and visible in these pieces. Also, I have observed through the years that, people are excited to see something resembling death doesn’t need to be scary and can be appealing for any person.”

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Fruit Rainbows

Okay, who of you knew that bananas could ever look like this?

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I am a fan of the banana (no sexual innuendo intended) and have one for breakfast each day – and even I had not seen it in its full potential.

Romanian artist Dan Cretu takes the ripe fruit and carves patterns through its skin, the paints them to give each one its one unique character and personality. Through this process, he transforms a normal everyday food item into pieces of art resembling pop art icons of modern fashion culture.

The next time you’re looking for a new blank canvas, take a look around you before making a trip to the nearest art supply store.

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Hugs for All

It’s always hard to come back to the office after 9 days of holidaying and sunshine. But then again, who am I to complain…who even gets week-long public holidays besides China? All say hoorah to Chinese New Year.

I am now a very dark shade of brown; much healthier than pasty yellow though I must say! Winter doesn’t do wonders for one’s skin.

Anyway, to the fun stuff…Someone told me about an illustrator that I might like. And they were right. His Instagram feed brought me much amusement. This is him:

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“CHRISTOPHER DAVID RYAN (CDR) makes art constantly, sometimes quite literally covering the walls with the narrative of his hyperactive imagination. His characters embrace, they reach out to one another, and they reflect the small truths of daily life; sometimes with irony but never with sarcasm. A cosmic enthusiast and deep thinker, Ryan literally tries to make the world better through art — promoting peace & love in vibrant color and without self-censure.” via his website.

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Tag your photo with #cdrbighug and you might get a chance to be hugged by one of his quirky characters. They seem to get around…just the other day I saw one hugging Beyonce and Jay-Z.

Proof:

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Do it and let me know if you do get a hug!