Pop-Culture Referencing Illustrations (12 total)

Tiger Blood

What’s Minneapolis, MN-based illustrator David Schwen’s most gratifying part of his job? He humorously said, “Being able to tell my kids when they ask what I did at work today: ‘I drew all day.'” No doubt, Schwen has a gift for taking today’s most relevant pop-culture topics (or references from yesteryear) and turning them into illustration gold. Of course, what you’ll come to enjoy most about his work is that they stir something in you.

“I think the main reason that I have a lot of ideas inspired by pop culture is how surrounded we are with it,” he tells us. “I like the fact that other people can relate to the idea really quickly, because they share similar memories from the past or childhood.”

One of my favorite designs is Schwen’s Burgervetica (immediately below), which I bought on a t-shirt over at Threadless. When asked why he created it, here’s what Schwen said. “Honestly, I’m a type lover. I wanted to distill a hamburger down to it’s basic elements using only typography and color. My favorite part is how iconic the design becomes, since you can recognize it as a burger from a long distance from only seeing the colors.”


Extra Terrestrial Foam Finger

Woodchucks – “…if a woodchuck could wear chucks.”

Jed Eye Chart [Star Wars Shirt]

Popped Collar

Banana Bling

I’m Lovin’ Fat


Kiss Under the Mistletoe

Arrrgmented Reality

That’s All Folks!

Schwen is making something cool every day, which you can follow over at Flickr. (Great to check out if you need a little inspiration yourself.)

David Schwen’s website

January 23, 2017

World’s First Fully-Painted Feature Film Brings Van Gogh’s Paintings to Life

The animated film Loving Vincent is one that’s nearly six years in the making. If that seems excessive, just wait until you find how it’s made.  The movie, which examines the life of post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh, uses hand-painted canvases to bring its action to life. It takes 12 oil paintings just to create one second of footage! Are you itching to see how it looks? You’re in luck.

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January 23, 2017

Intricately Detailed Plates Made With Hundreds of Tiny Painted Dots

Russian artist Daria—known as dahhhanart—shows off her elaborately decorated plates via her Instagram. At once delicate and complex, she employs a dot painting technique that combines acrylics, enamel, and appliquéd gems. The results are stunning, each plate replete with detail. This form of pointillism, also known as point to point painting, requires patience and a steady hand. Daria’s feed provides plenty of work in progress images.

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