If you’ve watched a Walt Disney animated classic or read a vintage Golden Book, then you’ve likely interacted with the art of Mary Blair. The illustrator and animator left her mark on the visual culture of the mid-20th century in ways that are still celebrated today. As a concept artist for Disney, she created stylized designs that informed the look of films such as Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan.
By drawing in sketchbooks, artists can collect their ideas and record their creative process.
When we think of illustrations, using a pen, pencil, or even an iPad often comes to mind.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, illustrators were celebrities. They were household names. It might sound strange today, but consider an illustrator's role in society; this was before photographs were routinely used in magazines and newspapers, so illustrators were the ones who helped define the visual culture at that time. Of the illustrators with immense cultural influence, J.C. Leyendecker was at the top.
Few artists have a style that is as instantly recognizable as Vincent van Gogh‘s iconic aesthetic.
Children’s books are an important part of growing up.
When walking through a town, there are many details that go unnoticed. Artist Stéphane Le Lagadec, however, seeks out these overlooked niches and immortalizes them in exquisite architectural drawings. Using a series of fine liner pens, he captures quiet street corners, picturesque doorways, and hidden dwellings with masterful finesse. Le Lagadec has a background in design and architecture; he currently teaches art by day and continues his series of illustrations on the side.
Few authors are as world-renowned as Charles Dickens.
From charming street corners to horizons stacked with rooftops, artist Elora Pautrat creates windows into dreamy, ethereal worlds.
When it comes to buying things on the internet, reviews are a big help. After all, how many times do you look at them before purchasing something online? For a best-selling class on My Modern Met Academy, our e-learning platform, the proof is in the reviews. Artist Demi Lang teaches a class called Architectural Illustration for Everyone: Draw Buildings in Ink and Colored Pencil.
Before photography, it was up to artists to document plants and animals in scientific illustrations.
Over the past few years, AI-generated art has risen in popularity and garnered controversy along the way.