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About my life...the movie Inception pretty much sums it up.
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Neon Military Muses
Neon Military Muses
Andre De Freitas Renders Powerful Women with Tron-like Glow
There is no shortage of ways in which Andre De Freitas can grip people with his artwork, and in his new series entitled ‘Reapers,’ he once again accomplishes that task. Familiar are the... MORE
Ancient Asian Avenger Art
Ancient Asian Avenger Art
Alex Mitchell Re-Imagines Marvel Superheroes as Samurai Anime Characters
It’s difficult to welcome new superhero fan art considering its proliferation on the Internet in recent years, but in the case of these Alex Mitchell renderings, I gladly accept it with open arms.... MORE
Realistic Avian App Renderings
Realistic Avian App Renderings
Sam Spratt Illustrates Lifelike Versions of Angry Birds Characters
If you’re familiar with the works of Sam Spratt, you’ll know he is a master of rendering stylized yet realistic digital images that are redefining modern painting. Taking a break from... MORE
Aquatic Superhero Art
Aquatic Superhero Art
Michael Schwartz Illustrates Comic Characters as Quirky Underwater Creatures
Superheroes have been re-imagined in myriad ways, resulting in some goofy characterizations, but I think these Michael Schwartz illustrations take the cake when it comes to making comic book... MORE
Muppet Horror Icon Mash-Ups
Muppet Horror Icon Mash-Ups
Isaac Bidwell Crosses Children's Characters with Chilling Monsters
It’s difficult to imagine the cast of Sesame Street as anything but harmless, that is unless you are Isaac Bidwell. Seen here are his various drawings of beloved muppet characters re-imagined into... MORE
Cropped Tentacle Monster Hoodies
Cropped Tentacle Monster Hoodies
The Cthulhu Cosplay Shrug Shirt is Both Humorous and Horrific
H.P. Lovecraft’s vision for Cthulhu was probably much more menacing than this Cthulhu Cosplay Shrug Shirt would have you believe. After all, the sweater’s adorable aesthetics don’t really... MORE
Watercolor Wonder Woman Portraits
Watercolor Wonder Woman Portraits
Mike Kretz Paints Superheroines as Dreamy and Elegant Figures
Watercolors as a medium often carry a passive and relaxing connotation, but illustrator Mike Kretz uses it to render the most dynamic and aggressive women around. Specifically, Kretz paints female... MORE
War Vehicle Wallpapers
War Vehicle Wallpapers
Scott Waters Paints Lifelike Transports over Ornate Flowery Backdrops
Juxtaposition is the name of the game of this Scott Waters painting series entitled ‘Domestic Violence.’ Using vintage wallpapers as canvases, Waters paints stunning realistic war vehicles that... MORE
Submerged Self-Portraits
Submerged Self-Portraits
'Glass Houses' by Kalliope Amorphous Uses Distortion Mirrors to Mesmerize
It’s unlikely that you’ll encounter more convincing photographs of models being submerged in water than ‘Glass Houses’ by Kalliope Amorphous. But it’s not only the realism of the... MORE
Comedic Retro Gaming Commentaries
Comedic Retro Gaming Commentaries
Game Grumps Features the Improvised Humor of Two YouTube Stars
Game Grumps, a YouTube web series starring popular Internet personalities JonTron and Egoraptor, recently amassed over 18 million video views and nearly 200,000 subscribers in their two months of... MORE
Coffee Container Lingerie Ads
Coffee Container Lingerie Ads
The 'Which Cup Size Are You?' Campaign Covertly Puts Bras on Women
There are few ads in existence as witty, interactive and memorable as this ‘Which Cup Size Are You?’ campaign for Blush Lingerie. Cooked up by the minds of glow berlin, a German... MORE
Superheroic Dunk Portraits
Superheroic Dunk Portraits
Pramod Koshy George Renders Marvel Characters as Highflying NBA Stars
The closest thing humans have to superpowers is world-class athleticism, but in these Pramod Koshy George illustrations, it is comic book characters that strive to replicate the antics of athletes.... MORE
Defecating Doggy Illuminators
Defecating Doggy Illuminators
The 'Good Boy' Lamp is Shaped Like a Pooping Canine
Normal product designs are no longer enough to sate consumer demand for individuality, but something tells me this ‘Good Boy’ lamp doesn’t have a problem convincing users of its uniqueness.... MORE
Comic Mutant Musical Ensembles
Comic Mutant Musical Ensembles
Jamie Roberts Illustrates Cast of X-Men as a Badass Rock Band
As if comic geeks everywhere didn’t find the cast of X-Men badass enough, illustrator Jamie Roberts recently rendered the ragtag crew of mutants as rock stars. It goes without saying that the... MORE
Calligraphic Fashion Illustrations
Calligraphic Fashion Illustrations
Jessica Durrant Paints Stylish Women Using Concise Brushstrokes
Many artists strive to convey as much information as possible using the least amount of details necessary, but few manage that task as effortlessly as Jessica Durrant. Seen here are myriad fashion... MORE
Game Console Cooking Devices
Game Console Cooking Devices
The NES Toaster Crisps Bread While Providing Nostalgia
Many people talk about cooking as though it’s a fun and enjoyable activity, but I think this NES Toaster is the closest anyone will ever get to making food preparation equatable to video gaming.... MORE
Enlightened Cartoon Character Toys
Enlightened Cartoon Character Toys
The Homer Buddha Figurine Casts the Lovable Dad as a Deity
The Simpsons prove yearly that cartoons are not only for children, and similarly, this new Homer Buddha figurine by Kidrobot demonstrates the same can be said of toys. Featuring the lovable... MORE
Cartoon Portrait Tweets
Cartoon Portrait Tweets
Gregory Wadsworth Illustrates Beloved Characters in Under 140 Letters
I’ve seen some ingenious tweets in my time, but Gregory Wadsworth manages to use Twitter in a way that’s both inspirational and mostly wordless. Seen here are various cartoon portraits he’s... MORE
Bloody Movie Character Paintings
Bloody Movie Character Paintings
Vlad Rodriguez Depicts Battered Stars from Iconic Films
Vlad Rodriguez isn’t interested in presenting Hollywood stars as they’d look on red carpets. Instead, the talented hyperrealist painter enjoys depicting famous actors at their low points,... MORE
Minimalist Superhero Masks
Minimalist Superhero Masks
Rafael Barletta Depicts Comic Characters' Faces with Basic Shapes
The demand for superhero content is still at an all-time high and graphic designer Rafael Barletta decided to try his hand at rendering the likes of Batman, Spider-Man, Superman and more using a... MORE
Sleeveless Coffee Cups
Sleeveless Coffee Cups
Salih Kucukaga Designs Beverage Holders that are Innately Heat Resistant
Coffee and tea lovers everywhere have been eternally grateful for the invention of cup sleeves, the corrugated cardboard slip-on that allows users to hold their beverages without burning their hands,... MORE
Minimalist Superhero Fight Depictions
Minimalist Superhero Fight Depictions
Eyal Rosenthal Renders Comic Scenes with Nearly No Detail
Many contemporary graphic designers have been experimenting with minimalism, but few have gone to the lengths that Eyal Rosenthal has gone. Seen here are myriad images from his series ‘Ultra... MORE
Midas Mouth Renderings
Midas Mouth Renderings
Gerrel Saunders Illustrates a Series Depicting Golden Lips and Teeth
There are few things in life as captivating as gold and the lips of a person you’re attracted to, and Gerrel Saunders knows that all too well. That’s why he has combined those two things to... MORE
Prismatic Horizon Photography
Prismatic Horizon Photography
Noval Nugraha Captures Rainbow-Hued Skies in Spellbinding Images
Browsing through these Noval Nugraha photographs, you’d expect them to be digitally manipulated or of some other world besides Earth. However, Nugraha, a Sydney-based photographer, simply has a... MORE
Vintage Superheroic Character Designs
Vintage Superheroic Character Designs
Adam Hughes Illustrates Females with Vargas-esque Aesthetics
When it comes to illustrations and character design, Adam Hughes is one of those artists who truly combines the best of old and new. A comic book illustrator by trade, Hughes often has to imagine... MORE
Mutated Skull Drawings
Mutated Skull Drawings
Clara Lieu Depicts Craniums with Multiple Jaws
Looking at these Clara Lieu drawings of seemingly mutated craniums, you’d expect them to have referenced real skulls that were genetically defective. The detail and anatomical accuracy is... MORE
Graffitied Vehicle Drawings
Graffitied Vehicle Drawings
Paul White Illustrates Trucks Marred with Street Art
Seeing graffiti mar vehicles like trucks and trailers isn’t an uncommon sight in urban cityscapes, but Paul White has recontextualized those sightings into a new and distinct brand of art. Seen... MORE
Chic Bug-Eyed Cartoons
Chic Bug-Eyed Cartoons
Jules Julien Illustrates Fashionable Characters with Huge Ocular Organs
Jules Julien is renowned for his ability to effortlessly transition between art styles, and in his latest works, titled ‘Powerpuff Eyes,’ he once again demonstrates his virtuosic skills. The... MORE
Feather-Covered Human Sculptures
Feather-Covered Human Sculptures
Lucy Glendinning Crafts Figures with Avian and Humanoid Qualities
You never truly appreciate something until it’s gone, and in the case of these Lucy Glendinning sculptures, that something is human skin. Glendinning’s is the master sculptress behind these... MORE
TV Apartment Floor Plans
TV Apartment Floor Plans
Inaki Aliste Lizarralde Illustrates Famous Fictional Living Spaces
Have you ever been so devoted to a TV show that you memorized the layout of the characters’ apartment? Inaki Aliste Lizarralde has, and he’s taken fandom to a whole new level by drawing the... MORE
Photoreal Pen Drawings
Photoreal Pen Drawings
Samuel Silva Manipulates Ballpoints into Mesmerizing Masterpieces
There have been some impressive photoreal portraits seen on the Internet that are rendered entirely with ballpoint pens, but Samuel Silva’s works are unique in that he incorporates what other... MORE
Furry Feet Warmers
Furry Feet Warmers
These Plush Halfling Slippers Let Users Pretend They're Hobbits
With the first of three ‘The Hobbit’ movies coming out this December, it’s time fans begin getting in a high fantasy mood, and they can do just that with these Plush Halfling Slippers. Users... MORE
Circular Comic Book Characters
Circular Comic Book Characters
Edzel Rubite Renders Superheroes as Ridiculously Round Figures
With the Internet being saturated with superhero artwork, illustrators must resort to presenting those beloved characters in abstract manners to garner attention, and that’s exactly what Edzel... MORE
Supervillain Silhouette Sketches
Supervillain Silhouette Sketches
Eduardo Cortes Trujillo Illustrates Batman's Toughest Enemies
There is no end for superhero love in sight, and illustrator Eduardo Cortes Trujillo demonstrates that with his latest series depicting badass Batman villains. Rather than rendering standard fan art... MORE
Caped Crusader Trilogy Tributes
Caped Crusader Trilogy Tributes
Illustrator Florey Renders Christoper Nolan's Batman Series
Christopher Nolan finally put the nail in the coffin to his Dark Knight trilogy, and illustrator Florey decided to commemorate the momentous event by rendering posters depicting characters from all... MORE
Comic Character Mugshots
Comic Character Mugshots
Andre De Freitas Illustrates Stoic Portraits of Superheroes
Andre De Freitas is an artist whom I truly admire as he regularly produces some of the most fun and visually stunning illustrations I’ve seen from current illustrators in the industry. Seen here... MORE

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Provocatively Battered Portraiture
Provocatively Battered Portraiture
Peony Yip Renders Subjects with Black & Blue Bruises
Not everyone has the stomach for these Peony Yip illustrations of subjects with large bruises on their faces and bloody noses. Titled ‘Brutal Honesty,’ the people featured in this collection all... MORE
Disney Superhero Doodles
Disney Superhero Doodles
James Silvani Recasts Comic Books with Mickey Mouse & Friends
If there’s a collection of characters as rich in personality and backstory as the ones found in the comic book universe, it has to be the memorable creations from the Disney corporation, and artist James… MORE
Ambient Androgynous Artistry
Ambient Androgynous Artistry
Nikolay Pustavov Paints Males that Can Easily Work Fashion Runways
Sure, many of the males in these Nikolay Pustavov paintings have soft and feminine features, but even when the Russian artist isn't painting androgynous subjects, there's one distinctive quality about… MORE
Social Media Logo Treats
Social Media Logo Treats
Tomislav Zvonaric Conceptualizes a Facebook-Themed Ice Cream
Tomislav Zvonaric previously conceptualized a Facebook-themed bed, which mimicked the iconic “f” shape of the social media platform’s logo, but he wasn’t finished with the company just yet.... MORE
Remixed Corporate Logos (UPDATE)
Remixed Corporate Logos (UPDATE)
Viktor Hertz Transforms Apple Inc.'s Emblem in Dozens of Ways
Viktor Hertz is known for his minimalist artwork with fantastic concepts, and in this series of modified logos, he takes Apple Inc’s iconic emblem and slogan and truly demonstrates his ability to “Think… MORE
Motel Fantasy Photo Shoots
Motel Fantasy Photo Shoots
The Weeknd Thursday Promo Pics Sends Viewers into a Dream World
It’s only been a few days since The Weeknd’s latest mixtape dropped, and these Thursday promo pics only add to the mystique of the Toronto-based R&B singer. The Thursday promo pics feature a beautiful,… MORE
Rustic Human Renderings
Rustic Human Renderings
Artem Krepkiy Brings an Analog Grittiness Back to the Art Community
These Artem Krepkiy illustrations are a breath of fresh air to anyone who's become bored with the glossy and refined look of digital renderings. Krepkiy bares all of his rough edges and mistakes for the… MORE
Tattooed Renaissance Paintings
Tattooed Renaissance Paintings
Jean-Luc Moerman Alters Masterpieces with Body Art
Tattoos this intense may not have existed during the Renaissance, but that's not stopping Jean-Luc Moerman from revising old masterpieces with intricate body art. Giving full arm sleeves to subjects and… MORE
Photo Painting Amalgamations
Photo Painting Amalgamations
Bec Wonders Fuses Reality with Imaginary to Create Hybrid Works
Reminiscent of a-ha's 'Take On Me' video, Bec Wonders' photography and painting hybrids are sure to tickle your optic senses in just the right way. After all, the distinct contrast between the colorful… MORE
Game-Inspired Fortune-Tellers
Game-Inspired Fortune-Tellers
Kody Koala Boardwalk Cabinets Make Nintendo Toons Clairvoyants
I've never had the chance to have my fortune told by a vending machine, but if these Kody Koala boardwalk cabinets were located anywhere near where I lived, I would make daily visits. Opting to remove… MORE
Toytastic Music Videos
Toytastic Music Videos
Don't Play No Games That I Can't Win
The Beastie Boys always come out with the most spectacular music videos, and their latest 'Don’t Play No Games That I Can’t Win' vid follows in that tradition by casting vintage G.I. Joe dolls. Who knew… MORE
Gritty Villainous Visages
Gritty Villainous Visages
David Rodriguez Renders Batman's Enemies in Horrifying Style
If Batman’s rogues gallery never sent chills down your spine before, they will after you view these David Rodriguez illustrations. Rendering the likes of Joker, Poison Ivy, Two-Face and Scarecrow in a… MORE
Retro Gaming Metropolises
Retro Gaming Metropolises
'Game Boy City' Depicts a Story Set in an All-Green Town
Prepare to overdose on nostalgia with this 'Game Boy City' video. Created by the folks of What Pixel You On?, 'Game Boy City' is an animated short that adopts the 8-bit look and all-green visuals synonymous… MORE
Peculiar Slumber Paintings
Peculiar Slumber Paintings
Jan Esmann Depicts Subjects with Odd and Alluring Expressions
I'm no stranger to photorealistic art, so the fact that Jan Esmann is able to render amazingly lifelike images of human subjects isn't what astounds me. What drew me towards the Danish artist's work is… MORE