July 25, 2021

What is Botanical Illustration? Learn About the History of This Scientific Art Form

Prior to the invention of photography, botanical illustration was the only way of visually recording the world’s many species of plant life. Today, science books are full of highly detailed photographs—often taken with a macro lens or even a microscope—allowing us to discover the fascinating forms of flora and fauna. However, before these advances in technology, it was artists and illustrators who were depended on to share the beauty of botany with the world.

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July 11, 2021

Endearing Illustrations of Solitary Robots Invite You To Finish Their Story

While we may be many years away from interacting with humanoid robots in real life, creators continue to imagine what they can look like. UK-based artist Matt Dixon digitally paints endearing robot characters living in a human-less world in an ongoing series of illustrations called Transmissions. Each of these digital paintings stars a mechanical figure made up of rusted or beat-up parts with large oval holes in its head in place of eyes.

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June 27, 2021

Imaginary “Dystopian” Inventions Come to Life in Delicate Watercolor Paintings

Dystopian art isn't always doom and gloom. Many artists are exploring the fantastical side of this futuristic genre by incorporating their own creative twist. Los Angeles-based illustrator Alvaro Naddeo, for instance, invents vehicles, abodes, and other contraptions that are made up of discarded materials and depicts them in delicate watercolor paintings. Each of these illustrations includes numerous items of trash.

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June 4, 2021

Rare Leonardo da Vinci Drawing Expected to Break the Artist’s Auction Record

A rare drawing by one of the world’s favorite Renaissance men is set to go up for auction next month. Leonardo da Vinci’s Head of a Bear—a small-scale study of the normally ferocious creature, sketched in a more gentle and docile state—will be offered for sale on July 8 in The Exceptional Sale at Christie’s in London. The piece is expected to go for somewhere between £8 million and £12 million ($11.2 million and $16.

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