August 21, 2019

8 Different Types of Drawing Styles You Can Try Right Now

Drawing is the foundation of so many creative practices, from architects to fashion designers to animators and artists. Using a piece of paper and a pen or pencil, the opportunities for self-expression are endless. And by using different drawing techniques, it’s incredible to see just how many different ways there are to sketch. There are innumerable drawing styles to be studied and explored, each one conveying a different final product.

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August 3, 2019

Before Macro Photography, This Scientist Used to Illustrate His Microscopic Findings

Today, many science books are full of detailed photos that reveal the intricate parts of plant life, but prior to the invention of photography (and macro photography), it was up to botanical illustrators and researchers to record the fascinating forms of flora and fauna. One scientist who recorded his findings with drawings is Ernst Heinrich Haeckel, a German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, and physician.

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July 8, 2019

Interview: How a Job as a Letter Carrier Helped This Artist Create His Retro-Inspired Illustrations

Artist Nat Reed creates retro-inspired illustrations with a surreal twist. Inspired by the mid-century modern aesthetic, he has taken this iconic post-war design period—particularly its architecture and industrial design—and interpreted it through what he calls “Familiar Modern.” But Reed is not interested in simply regurgitating the past.

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June 29, 2019

Illustrator Captures “Magical Realism” in Imaginative Storybook Illustrations

Describing her work as “magical realism,” award-winning, Tel Aviv-based illustrator Gabriella Barouch creates captivating images that evoke childhood nostalgia. Her distinct visual language is characterized by delicate lines and a slightly muted color palette that’s influenced by her love of old picture books. Each drawing depicts fantastical scenes where animals and humans are friends. Barouch plays with scale, often allowing animals to be the dominant subject, while humans are often depicted as small, fairy-like characters.

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