THE BEST Drawings

Attenborough as Animals

Attenborough as Animals

To pay tribute to Sir David Attenborough’s 40 years in broadcasting, artist Quentin Devine decided to create a portrait of the famed nature show narrator. What makes the image extraordinary is that his face comprises 40 different animals he’s featured in his programs over the years.

Drawing Like a Printer

Drawing Like a Printer

Artist DP Truong is capable of drawing portraits with all kinds of interesting techniques. For this image of Will Smith inspired by Gemini Man, she used the line-by-line approach that a dot-matrix or inkjet printer would use to create an image from top to bottom.

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The Art of Sci-Fi Book Covers

The Art of Sci-Fi Book Covers

Back when science fiction was considered pulp fiction, art directors and artists had the freedom to run wild with the cover art for sci-fi books. Nerdwriter pays homage to some of these notable people and their work, and reminds us to have a greater appreciation for cover art.

How to Draw a 3D City

How to Draw a 3D City

Circle Line Art School shows a relatively easy way to draw buildings that look like they’re going through the page. The optical illusion is simple enough for the most part. The finishing touch is quite tricky though.

Son Doodles, Dad Illustrates

Son Doodles, Dad Illustrates

Thomas Romain is an animator in Japan. He loves to use his spare time turning his two sons’ character sketches into detailed drawings. His children’s imaginations are top notch. They’ve released an art book that contains some of their collaborations.

Ink Oscillations / Drawing Machine

Ink Oscillations / Drawing Machine

French artist Parse/Error created a machine to produce his rhythmic and undulating line drawings. The designer conceives each image on a computer, while the machine acts as his hands and outputs his work. You can purchase original drawings in the Parse/Error shop.

Disappearing Ink Art

Disappearing Ink Art

Artist Dino Tomic shows off a cool effect he achieved using a two pens – drawing one layer with permanent ink, and another with ink that disappears when heated. The result is a secondary image that reveals itself as the lighter passes over it.

Drawing Iron Spider Spider-Man

Drawing Iron Spider Spider-Man

Sit back and enjoy Artology’s time-lapse video of him creating an incredibly detailed drawing of Spider-Man in his Iron Spider suit from Avengers: Infinity War. It took him a total of 30 hours to finish the drawing. You can buy a print of it and his other works on his Etsy shop.

Drawing a Bio-Mechanical Crab

Drawing a Bio-Mechanical Crab

An engrossing time-lapse short showing artist Steeven Salvat as he creates an intricate pen and ink illustration, a drawing of a mechanical-biological hybrid crustacean. Check out the completed image and others from the series on his Behance page.

Inner Circle Sketch

Inner Circle Sketch

Artist Leontine van vliet will quickly captivate you as she sketches out a little pastel drawing inside of a circle traced from a tape roll. The original YouTube video gives away the surprise too early, hence the sped-up gfycat version.

One Mile Line

One Mile Line

A poster book featuring a drawing made from a single, unbroken one mile-long black line by artist Ana-Gabriela Stroe. There are tons of images along the path, and it makes a great coloring book. If you’ve got a 22.5 foot long stretch of wall, you can even wall mount it.

Ouroborus Infinite Skyscrapers

Ouroborus Infinite Skyscrapers

Artist Mister Mourao created this series of intricate pen and ink drawings on wood, each of which envisions a circular building that has no beginning or end. Most of the pieces have been sold, but you can still find a couple of the originals in his shop.

Animal Doodles

Animal Doodles

India-based artist Rohan Sharad Dahotre takes photos of wild animals and creates intricate overlays to dress them up. The resulting images give the animals a warmth and charm otherwise lacking in their more serious source material.

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Street Fighter Chalk Art

Street Fighter Chalk Art

Artist Chris Carlson takes to his chalkboard canvas once more – this time with a recreation of a classic video game. At first it doesn’t look that immersive, but look at the shadows around Chris’ and Ryu’s feet, and it seems as if he’s been dropped into the game.

Drawing Illusions

Drawing Illusions

Artist Howard Lee shows actual objects beside his photorealistic hand-drawn copies, then he breaks the illusion and gives us a glimpse at how he drew the copy. You can render his trick useless by pausing the video, but it’s still fun to watch.

Graffiti Art by Oskunk

Graffiti Art by Oskunk

We know pop artist Oskunk for his awesome video game console art. He also makes art you can hang on your walls. He draws pop culture icons, using hand-sketched words that are relevant to each character. Limited edition canvas originals available on BigCartel.

Joel Daniel Phillips Illustrations

Joel Daniel Phillips Illustrations

Joel Daniel Phillips lives in the Tenderloin in San Francisco and creates astounding life-size drawings of his fellow community members from charcoal and graphite, which you can view live at Hashimoto Contemporary from 9/6-9/27/14.

Negative Wolverine

Negative Wolverine

Brian Lai drew a couple of sketches of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, but with a neat twist. Lai drew color negative sketches, which means his “actual” drawing will only be seen on an inverted photo of the sketch.

Ink Carpets

Ink Carpets

Jonathan Bréchignac makes large drawings of Muslim prayer carpets using ballpoint pens. It takes him up to 8 months to finish one drawing. Bréchignac told Fast Co. Design that it is his form of meditation; a way to empty his mind.

Donkey Kong/Escher 3D Chalk Art

Donkey Kong/Escher 3D Chalk Art

While we still ponder how we managed to draw a cube that one time in art class sophomore year, Chris Carlson impresses with this 3D chalk art time lapse of Donkey Kong versus Escher; bonus stop-motion scene included.

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3D Pencil Sketches

3D Pencil Sketches

Artist Alessandro Diddi effectively uses light and shadow techniques along with cutouts and folds to create flat pencil illustrations that appear to jump from the page. No 3D glasses required.

Do-It-Yourself Doodler

Do-It-Yourself Doodler

David Jablow was given a doodle pad with each page containing a suggestive outline of a woman. Instead of feeling constrained, he took it as an opportunity to be creative. More here. He’s also selling some of the original sketches.

Sticky Man

Sticky Man

Young Eduard Taberner started his Sticky Man stop-motion animation project two years ago at age 15, and recently completed it. We admire his dedication and enjoy the simplicity and humor in his handmade drawings. Bravo.

Tetris Printer

Tetris Printer

Michael Birken made a software algorithm that creates pixel art while also being a form of pixel art unto itself. Using a modified version of Tetris, the algorithm draws images while actually playing the game. More here.

Photoreal Ballpoint Pen Drawing

Photoreal Ballpoint Pen Drawing

This might look like a photograph, but if you can believe it, it was actually drawn using 6 colored and 1 black BIC pen. It took attorney/artist Samuel Silva 30 hours to complete. More drawings here.

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