Illustration

25 Vintage, International Book Covers for H. G. Wells’ ‘The War of the Worlds’

Happy birthday to English author H. G. Wells, one of the fathers of science fiction. His 1898 novel The War of the Worlds, about a devastating alien invasion on Earth, has been published continuously for over 100 years. Orson Welles resurrected the frightening story for his 1938 radio broadcast, narrated by the director as a news bulletin, which led to widespread panic as listeners thought the Martian invasion was real. The War of the Worlds has been adapted dozens of times, most popularly by Steven Spielberg in a 2005 film starring Tom Cruise. But the book itself lives on in the imaginations of readers everywhere. After spotting a stunning collection of War of the Worlds book covers, we selected several vintage covers that span the globe. These images represent the influence of Wells’ story throughout the decades and demonstrate how different countries absorbed the intense, interplanetary tale into the collective consciousness. … Read More

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Pop Culture-Inspired Photos of an Adorable Dog in Illustrated Scenes

Adorable, Budweiser-loving bull terrier Spuds MacKenzie was the most famous dog of the 1980s, but the most popular bull terrier of 2014 is a pup named Jimmy Choo. The photogenic pooch, who we learned of on Photojojo resides with his human Rafael Mantesso—a Brazilian restaurateur and marketing exec. Mantesso also happens to be a talented artist. His illustrations adorn the backgrounds of his fun photos of Jimmy. We’re especially fond of the pop culture-inspired pics, including an homage to performance artist Marina Abramović (in this case, “Marina Abramobull”), Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, and Game of Thrones. Get to know darling dog Jimmy Choo in our gallery. … Read More

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Fantastic Album Covers Illustrated by Kids

There’s something endlessly charming and fascinating about seeing the world through a child’s eyes, especially when it comes to all things pop culture. Ah, their uncorrupt hearts. Artist Jon F. Allen tipped us off to this fun Tumblr of album cover art by kids. While the submissions seem to have slowed to a crawl, we couldn’t resist the magic of these marker and crayon versions of music’s finest. Energetic scribbles, stick people, and bright colors make everything better. … Read More

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Astounding Drawings of Obsessively Rendered Megacities

With his trusty black 0.05 Staedtler pigment liner pen in hand, Virginia-based artist Ben Sack illustrates sprawling cityscapes with obsessive detail. It’s not uncommon for Sack, who we first learned about on Sploid, to use dozens of pens to create his astounding works, which take months to complete. Even more mind-boggling are some of the large sizes of his drawings, especially when considering the intricate layouts. “I can credit patience and a debilitating love for history and architecture,” Sack tells one commenter on his blog. The drawings reveal familiar buildings, bridges, and other architectural details, most with a European flair, but they are not unlike fantastical realms described in science fiction novels. Get lost in Sack’s inky megacities in our gallery. Visit the artist’s website to purchase prints of his work. … Read More

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Disney Princesses as Raucous Roller Derby Girls

Fans of Disney Princess mashups, this one’s for you. We’ve seen artists subvert the iconic (stereotypical) feminine trope in a number of ways, often empowering the girly Mouse House figures. That’s where Amanda Robinson’s re-imagination comes in (first spotted on The Mary Sue). She’s taken Disney royalty out of their regal gowns and outfitted them in roller derby outfits — all the women now ready to rumble. Perhaps the best part of the project is the names of each princess, reinventing their personas. “Mulan Rude,” Ne’er Do Belle,” and “Poca Face” are a few of our favorites. See what you think of this newest Disney Princess remix in our gallery. … Read More

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Seuss

A wizard of the written word, today marks the 110th birthday of Theodor Geisel — better known as the dear Dr. Seuss. The beloved children’s author and illustrator created a menagerie of creatures that recited anapestic tetrameter, caused trouble, and captured our imaginations. The man behind beasties like the Grinch, Lorax, and Sneetches was a fascinating character in his own right. Here are 20 facts about the great Dr. you might have missed. … Read More

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Valentine’s Day-Worthy Art Inspired by the Talking Heads

The fine folks at Land gallery in Portland are celebrating Valentine’s Day with some arty odes to love, inspired by the Talking Heads. If oversized business suits and avant-garde theatrics make your heart swell, the exhibition Love for Sale will call to you. From the Johnny Marr-backed “(Nothing But) Flowers” to the songs from David Byrne’s 1986 film True Stories, directed by the performer, these valentines reference all the greats from the band. Catch a preview of the show in our gallery, then head to the official website for more information. … Read More

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Charming Illustrations of HBO’s ‘Girls’

Season three of HBO’s Girls is right around the corner, set to premiere on January 12. London-based artist Nina Cosford has been illustrating the series from across the pond. “I love the show’s wittiness and its painfully relatable scenarios and character traits and wanted to use my style of illustration to highlight these nuances,” she told the Daily Dot. “I think it helps to accentuate the softer, more charming elements of the show which lie beneath the grittiness of it all.” Cosford’s artworks highlight some of the show’s memorable moments (and quotes) with refreshing simplicity. We’re especially in love with Cosford’s illustration of the “Maiden’s Milk Vintage Boutique” stoop sale. Take a closer look, below. … Read More

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The Secret World of Fore-Edge Book Paintings

There’s nothing we love more than an old, handsomely bound book. Much to our delight, the University of Iowa recently published a series of photographs detailing a four-volume set of scientific books from 1837. They contain secret artworks, known as fore-edge paintings, hidden along the edges of the pages. It’s a whimsical art form that dates back to the 16th century, when Italian artist Cesare Vecellio (cousin of Renaissance painter Titian) started using his books as a canvas in order to beautify them. As the artistry of edge paintings developed, they became more complex and fanciful, the painted scenes visible only when the pages were fanned. In some cases, a different image would appear when fanned back to front and front to back. We went searching for other examples of this beautiful art form, which is being kept alive by a select few today. … Read More

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Amazing 19th-Century Illustrations of ‘The Divine Comedy’

Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy holds an important place in the pantheon of world literature. Countless artists have been inspired by Dante’s allegorical, visionary work, which describes the Italian poet’s journey through hell, purgatory, and heaven.

Perhaps the best-known artist to adapt Dante’s unearthly tale was Gustave Doré, whose gorgeous folio was published in 1861. Jean-Édouard Dargent (aka Yan’ Dargent) was a rival of Doré’s and also published a book of illustrations (in 1870) detailing Dante’s epic poem. Where Doré’s work featured polished, classical nudes and exquisite line work, Dargent’s felt more primitive, violent, and a little rough around the edges. Blog Monster Brains published Dargent’s prints from the Divine Comedy series, which we feature in our gallery. The details are incredible. … Read More

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