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100 Characters

100 Characters

Finnish illustrator Jaakko Seppäla created this 10×10 grid of cartoon characters, each rendered in their original form, plus nine other interpretations based on the styles of each of the other artists represented.

Tire Tread Art

Tire Tread Art

Thomas Yang used various ink-covered bike tire treads to create images of famous world landmarks. A limited-edition set of lithographs includes the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, Tower Bridge and China’s Forbidden City.

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Fine Line Playing Cards

Fine Line Playing Cards

Created by Adam Farbiarz and Adam Thompson, each of these cards has an illustration which represents its value and suit. You’ll have as much fun trying to figure out what each cards as the card game you’re playing with them.

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.

Four Point Playing Cards

Four Point Playing Cards

San Francisco-based artist Ben Vierk is putting together a beautifully detailed pack of playing cards with designs inspired by money, ancient symbols and uncommon geometry. Who knew those things could be so gorgeous together?

Low Poly Game of Thrones

Low Poly Game of Thrones

Graphic artist and illustrator Mordi Levi created these 3D meshes of characters from Game of Thrones, but reduced the number of polygons to create a cool stylized visual effect. Can we play a video game with these characters now?

Popped Culture Characters

Popped Culture Characters

(Gore) Artist Dan Luvisi decided to take popular characters from cartoons and animation and send them into a dark and disturbing alternative universe as characters in violent R-rated and just downright warped new settings.

Dia de Los Muertos Playing Cards

Dia de Los Muertos Playing Cards

The Edgy Brothers‘ Bicycle playing cards are inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead. Each face card is embellished with intricate skeletons. Let’s help them get to their $50k stretch goal so those awesome painted decks get made.

DROME Pop Art Prints

DROME Pop Art Prints

Brooklyn pop artist Technodrome1 creates colorful eye candy of pop culture figures using bold black outlines and brain-popping fields of color. Be sure to check out their T-shirts and iPhone cases too. Framed prints here.

80s LEGO Minifigs

80s LEGO Minifigs

Artist Dan Shearn has a love of 1980s pop culture and a love of LEGO, so he combined these two into a series of illustrations, envisioning the decade’s iconic characters as minifigs. The Warriors is from 1979, but we’ll forgive him.

Displate Metal Posters

Displate Metal Posters

Displate offers imagery from over 1000 artists, printed onto a slim steel canvas. A magnetic wall mounting system makes them easy to hang, they look great, and there’s something for just about every style. (Thanks Eric!)

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.

Skulledelic Poster Print

Skulledelic Poster Print

Artist and Skull-a-Day creator Noah Scalin designed this cool black and white 24″x36″ print which at once conjures images of 1960s pop art but also stands on its own in any modern setting. Limited edition of just 100 prints.

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ABCinema: Take 2

ABCinema: Take 2

Animator Evan Seitz’s latest clip features moving titles from 26 classic films, each represented by a sound-bite and the first letter in their title. See if you can guess ’em all. More here.

More Squiggle Masterworks

More Squiggle Masterworks

Keita Sagaki does not seem to tire from creating his brilliantly obsessive illustrations, and we don’t tire of looking; his new works feature celebrated architecture and sculpture, doodle style.

Game of Thrones Sigil Book

Game of Thrones Sigil Book

Inspired by Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, these charming picture book illustrations would be a perfect way for the kiddies of Westeros to learn the house sigils and words.

Ratchet & Clank: 10th Anniv Prints

Ratchet & Clank: 10th Anniv Prints

iam8bit teamed up with Insomniac Games to create a series of prints to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Ratchet & Clank. First up, a limited-edition print by Aled Lewis, loaded with all their best weapons.

Dr. Seuss x Star Wars

Dr. Seuss x Star Wars

If Dr. Seuss wrote a book based on Star Wars, it’d probably be better written than the entire script of Episode I. Artist Jason Peltz created these amusing Seussism posters, and make more, he must.

Breaking Bad Illustrated

Breaking Bad Illustrated

Illustrator Martin Woutisseth returns with another cool graphic animation, upgrading the opening credits from Breaking Bad with iconic locations and characters from the series, and a new theme song.

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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Stitched Illustrations

Stitched Illustrations

Embroidery does not easily elicit our admiration, but these surprisingly detailed and in some cases satisfyingly eerie hand-stitched illustrations from Etsy seller Sam Gibson are a good exception.

Batman Speed Art

Batman Speed Art

Artist DuksArts used his creative skills and Photoshop to create this awesome illustration of The Dark Knight in about three hours. Here, we see the whole process boiled down to 3 minutes.

Permanent Marker Guitars

Permanent Marker Guitars

Patrick Fisher creates astoundingly detailed works of art using guitars as his canvas, and permanent markers as his medium. They’re so beautiful, we’d be afraid to scratch them up while strumming.

Film Alphabets

Film Alphabets

Illustrator Stephen Wildish tries to make something witty each Friday. These film alphabets with clever graphics corresponding to each letter are great examples and available in plenty of print options.

The Shining: Alternative Posters

The Shining: Alternative Posters

ShortList.com put together this collection of fan-made posters for Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic The Shining, ranging from the abstract to minimal to flat out creepy. REDRUM, indeed.

Two-Handed Drawing

Two-Handed Drawing

In tribute to The Shawshank Redemption, portrait artist Xiaonan Sun draws both Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins simultaneously, with both left and right hands. Sped up for time, it’s still impressive.

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