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Apr 18, 2014 / 1,115 notes

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Danny O’Connor aka ArtByDoc aka DOC (UK) - Copy Paper Challenge, 2013      Drawings: Pencils on A4 Copy Paper

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hajandrade:

Mahmoud Farshchian (Persian, b. 1930 / currently living NJ, USA), Life in Full Bloom, 1989
Apr 18, 2014 / 16 notes

hajandrade:

Mahmoud Farshchian (Persian, b. 1930 / currently living NJ, USA), Life in Full Bloom, 1989

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Apr 17, 2014 / 4,124 notes

medievalpoc:

Contemporary Art Week!

Leo and Diane Dillon

Various Illustrations

Leo and Diane Dillon were one of the greatest illustration teams in the history of Fantasy Art. Books that have used their illustrations for cover or inside art include an edition of the Narnia books, Garth Nix’s Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen, Her Stories and The Girl Who Spun Gold by Virginia Hamilton, The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. LeGuin, Aida by Leontyne Price, The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese by Howard A. Norman, and many, many more.

There is a blog dedicated to archiving their work here.

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yagazieemezi:

Hidden Magic: Katlego Kgabale

As kids, we grew up with our imagination running wild though our minds. As least I did! I would spend hours bent over a book, flipping recklessly through pages for words and images to feed my daydreams. Kgabale illustrated work offers up little brown girl dreams that I would have loved to come across as a child. But even as an adult, I can still appreciate and admire the creativity behind each piece.

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Dedicated to the Cultural Preservation of the African Aesthetic

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5centsapound:

British/Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE explores colonialism and the intricate ways in which it has shaped, and continues to shape, cultural identities. He is well known for his life-size sculptural tableaux featuring staged, headless mannequins dressed in elaborate period garments.

In Scramble for Africa,2003, fourteen headless, mixed-race mannequins are seated at a sixteen-foot-long table. They symbolize the European figureheads who came together at the Berlin Conference, 1884–1885, to annex territories of trade in Africa for each of their countries. With regard to colonialism, the absence of heads implies loss of identity and, moreover, loss of humanity. Of this work, Shonibare explains, “I wanted to represent these European leaders as mindless in their hunger for what the Belgian King Leopold II called ‘a slice of this magnificent African cake.

[…] In these works, the materials and designs of the original clothing are replaced with batik, a colorful and ornately patterned fabric. The story of batik itself speaks to the notion of colonization and its effects: it originated in Indonesia; then, by way of imperial explorers, it was introduced to West Africa, where it was appropriated and now has its strongest associations; and indeed its greatest exporters are not in Africa at all, but are Dutch and British. By presenting his version of historical (often white, European) figures dressed in batik, Shonibare “Africanizes” the subjects, subversively pointing out a multitude of deep-rooted mythologies, falsehoods, and prejudices that complicate the dominant narrative of history and identity. - via themodern

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The Violin Student, Paris, Stephen Seymour Thomas, 1891
Apr 6, 2014 / 8,063 notes

The Violin Student, Paris, Stephen Seymour Thomas, 1891

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brionymaysmith:

I was lucky enough to illustrate one of ten wonderful tales from the ‘Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories!’ ‘The Elephant Carnival’ was a dream to illustrate. It will be published on October 2nd by Walker Books! Here is a little snippet…
Apr 2, 2014 / 1,565 notes

brionymaysmith:

I was lucky enough to illustrate one of ten wonderful tales from the ‘Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories!’ ‘The Elephant Carnival’ was a dream to illustrate. It will be published on October 2nd by Walker Books! Here is a little snippet…

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Mar 31, 2014 / 149 notes
whisticallery:

vulnerable
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fuckyeahillustrativeart:

by Renee Nault on Tumblr

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Mar 30, 2014 / 11,306 notes
smithsonianlibraries:

Original from Metamorphosis insectorum surinamensium by Maria Sibylla Merian
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smithsonianlibraries:

Original from Metamorphosis insectorum surinamensium by Maria Sibylla Merian

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