THE BEST Illustrations

The Many Faces of Superman

The Many Faces of Superman

Superman has been with us for 75 years, and he’s had a different look for almost every one of them. See 170 different Men of Steel in this massive infographic courtesy of SupermanHomepage.

Masters of the Universe Fan Art

Masters of the Universe Fan Art

French artist Gerald Parel made these awesome illustrations of the Masters of the Universe characters. His use of lighting and perspective really make the characters larger than life.

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Hobbit Stained Glass Illustration

Hobbit Stained Glass Illustration

deviantART member Jian Guo follows up his The Lord of the Rings stained glass-style illustrations with another one depicting the story of The Hobbit. Check out his page for the high-res version.

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.

Snowy Retreats

Snowy Retreats

Illustrator Luke Twyman makes great use of light and texture to make these beautiful illustrations of isolated winter landscapes. Looking at these we can almost feel the frosty wind on our cheeks.

Jidaigeki X-Men

Jidaigeki X-Men

Alex Mitchell follows up his Sengoku Avengers by transforming Prof. X, his students and his enemies into Edo Period characters. Hint: the character roster is based on the 90’s X-Men cartoon.

Sensazioni

Sensazioni

Don’t bother guessing what camera was used to shoot this image. It was hand-drawn by Italian artist Diego Fazio using nothing but pencils and paper. Buy prints of Sensazioni on deviantART.

Silhouettes from Pop Culture

Silhouettes from Pop Culture

One of our favorite contemporary artists, Olly Moss created this book, loaded with silhouettes of pop culture icons, ranging from Buzz Lightyear to The Godfather. We had fun trying to figure them all out.

Xckd: Click and Drag

Xckd: Click and Drag

Randall Munroe made a huge illustration – 46ft wide if printed at 300dpi – filled with diverse sights. You can see the entire thing here, but it takes away the exploration and discovery.

LOTR Stained Glass Illustrations

LOTR Stained Glass Illustrations

deviantART member Jian Guo depicted five memorable scenes from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring as stained glass drawings. Check his gallery for the high-res versions.

Sengoku Avengers

Sengoku Avengers

Artist Alex Mitchell re-imagined the Avengers movie characters as Japanese warriors, gods and demons from the Sengoku Period. He even came up with brief back stories for each of them.

Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools

More mind-bending artwork from István Orosz. His Ship of Fools series features intricate illustrations where the parts also form skulls. Orosz was inspired by Sebastian Brant’s satirical book.

Bicycle

Bicycle

Inspired by the 2012 London Olympics, artist Ugo Gattoni’s intricate inked illustration measures about 15 feet wide, and depicts a scene of a crazy bicycle race. It’s available in book form for your pleasure.

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Rockabilly Batman

Rockabilly Batman

Italian artist Denis Madri reimagines Batman characters in 50’s rockabilly style. It’s similar to what you saw in the animated series but his interpretation definitely has a style all its own.

Star Wars Identities Posters

Star Wars Identities Posters

Louis C. Hébert made portraits of Star Wars characters out of smaller illustrations. Part of an ad campaign for the Star Wars Identities exhibition. View the full posters on Behance.

The Bungaloo Prints

The Bungaloo Prints

It was this epic poster for a Mastodon show that first drew us to designer/illustrator John Vogl’s work. Truth is that his great style and clever touch make it hard to find a print of his we don’t like.

Julie Bender’s Pyrography

Julie Bender’s Pyrography

Julie Bender doesn’t paint with pigments; her tool of choice is heat. She specializes in pyrography – a technique that involves using a heated implement to scorch materials like wood, paper or leather.

Kilian Eng Art

Kilian Eng Art

Looking at the work of illustrator, animator and graphic designer Kilian Eng is like looking into the future, the past, your nightmares and your dreams all at once. Check the link or here for lots more.

Liam Brazier Illustrations

Liam Brazier Illustrations

These pieces from illustrator Liam Brazier look like vector magic from Adobe Illustrator but he actually draws each shape with Photoshop’s polygonal lasso tool before coloring it in.

9 Ways Guys Pee

9 Ways Guys Pee

In exchange for the ability to pee practically anywhere if necessary, us guys have to deal with controlling our, erm, stream, as shown in this hilarious print by Jamie Smart. Freakin’ number 8!

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Cubist Beer Prints

Cubist Beer Prints

Illustrator Dave Murray puts a cubist spin on roundist(?) cans and bottles of beer in this abstract series of 9×12 giclée prints. Note: Get too drunk, and they might just look photo-realistic.

Squiggle Masterpieces

Squiggle Masterpieces

From chaos comes calm: these disorderly yet exquisite pen and ink drawings of familiar works of art are comprised of thousands of improvised miniature characters by Tokyo artist Keita Sagaki.

Pawel Kuczynski’s Satirical Art

Pawel Kuczynski’s Satirical Art

Pawel Kuczynski is a very prolific Polish artist who recently began making satirical illustrations. His drawings are simple yet deliver timely and powerful messages. More here and here.

Tempted to Stop Acting Randomly

Tempted to Stop Acting Randomly

Back to work, but laughing about it: Scott Adams’ latest collection of Dilbert cartoons exemplifies the randomness and annoyances associated with corporate cubicle culture. Can we get a hell yeah?

The Anatomy of Gadgets

The Anatomy of Gadgets

If you’ve ever wondered what the innards of your iPod, digital camera or PS3 controller would look like if you peeled back the shells, these conceptual illustrations from Mads Peitersen should help.

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