Photorealistic Graphite Drawing Pays Tribute to M.C. Escher

South African artist Jono Dry produces amazingly detailed large-scale pencil drawings that merge surrealism with a touch of realism. The completely self-taught artist is continually inspired by images and objects in his daily life. Using just graphite on paper or board, he produces powerfully thought-provoking concepts that explore both the fragility as well as the enduring strength found in our everyday world.

Dry pays careful attention to every single detail and his complicated drawings can take days, and even months, to complete. The final results of his dedication and patience are intricate textures and fine details that are incredibly lifelike.

One of his most impressive works is his tribute to M.C. Escher in which he reproduced the famous Drawing Hands lithograph using his own hand and his mother’s hand as the main focus. Through the detailed wrinkles, scars, and flaws, Dry transforms the well-known illustration into a personal story between mother and child.

Jono Dry’s website
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December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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