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These Trang Nguyen Illustrations are Whimsical

These Trang Nguyen illustrations are telling examples of just how important imagination is to conceptual art and design.

The Vietnamese artist's work ranges from cute cartoon characters to panels of subtly and successively changing portraits and figures. As far as the cartoon characters go, they are largely inspired by household objects like pills, screws and wood. Looking at them, one almost expects them to walk off the screen.

The panels of portraits capture how differing facial expressions and body language can produce distinct and varying reactions in viewers. Whatever the subject, Nguyen elegantly reveals a fertile imagination and skilled hand. It's great to see inanimate objects come to life with a simple sketching on of stick legs and hands.