Archived Articles from Drawing & Digital
Expect new twists on old traditions as new tools and unique techniques allow artists to draw, paint and illustrate in radically different ways. From coffee-cup pen artists to people who paint whole rooms with colored markers, here are some seriously innovative creatives. The digital age has put on dramatic new spin on the the world of art, from three-dimensional realism to fresh forms of abstraction. Here you will find some of the most creative and innovative forms of computer-generated expression and futuristic artistic representation.
Windows of New York: Weekly Documentary Design Project
Fascination bleeds into fixation in this wonderful ongoing series of illustrations by a graphic designer who enjoys the nuances of fenestration in his favorite city.
Painted People: 31 Works of Art on Human Canvas
Human bodies are transformed into three-dimensional living canvases, becoming cars and exotic animals, or disappearing into intricate backdrops.
NeoLucida: Optical Drawing Tool Lets You Trace Real Life
An update on a 19th century optical drawing tool lets artists trace the real world around them. The NeoLucida will soon be available for just $40.
Different Strokes: Strange Paintbrushes Promote Creativity
When something evolves to have such a long history as the art of painting, it falls on out-of-the-box thinkers to question the most basic elements of creation: tools.
Constellation Portraits: Thread Wrapped Around Nails
Artist Kumi Yamashita winds a single black sewing thread around a grid of galvanized nails on a wooden board to create intricately detailed portraits.
No Canvas Too Small for Intricate Masterpieces by Hasan Kale
Artist Hasan Kale paints incredibly intricate scenes from his native Istanbul onto delicate butterfly wings, narrow cactus spines and tiny grape seeds.
Fill in the Blanks: Illustrated Sky Spaces Between Buildings
Street art uses roads, sidewalks, walls and infrastructure as canvasses, but one of the brightest and blankest slates of all may be the spaces in between.
Intoxication, Captured: Frantic Head-Spinning Oil Paintings
A disorienting sense of intoxication amidst the frantic, vivid life of the city is captured in these kinetic oil paintings by Alexandra Pacula.
Static Flip Books: 360-Degree Scenes in Panoramic Pages
Like a flip book, there is no text, and each page of these volumes contains a slightly different scene. But that is where the similarities end and the fun begins.
As Seen on TV: Floor Plans from Famous Television Series
A talented cast, backed by brilliant directors and writers, makes you feel like part of the action - not just through the actors telling a story. But spaces help, too.