Star Wars Characters Playing the Sitar


Milwaukee-based illustrator, Ryan Carter was asked to create a graphics campaign for a team participating in Rickshaw Run, a fundraiser for a charity called Frankwater, which aims to bring clean water to areas of the world that don’t have access to it.

The team, which calls itself Sitar Wars, is planning to drive a rickshaw (a noisy 7 hp, three-wheeled bucket on wheels) on a 3,500 km (2,175 mile) journey from the southern tip of India to its northern tip. The team wanted illustrations of Star Wars characters playing sitars to adorn their rickshaw, and this was the first (and super-awesome) response to that request.

Ryan Carter grew up in a middle class background, and slogged in factories for a while, before getting a life-changing opportunity to work as a graphic arts intern at Horny Goat Brewing Co. He says that the internship soon blossomed into a “crazy role” creating a slew of artwork and marketing materials every day.

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Something Somewhere – Surreal Illustrations by Boris Pelcer


Mechanical Pencil & White Gel Ink on Bristol. 7 x 11 in.

I just fell in love with these dreamy and surreal illustrations by Boris Pelcer, an artist and designer based in Idaho, USA. Using just mechanical pencils and white gel ink on Bristol Paper, Pelcer takes us on an exploratory journey through the deepest recesses of his subconscious.

Via his artist’s statement:

I can sense the presence of enclosed spaces within my psyche. A hidden collection of obscure moods & thoughts that I can’t quite comprehend. In attempt to better comprehend some of it, I’ve developed this series. It is a stroll of curiosity in search of something insightful, somewhere within the hidden valleys of my psyche.

Boris was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, but emigrated to the USA with his family. He teaches graphic design and typography at the University of Idaho.

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Paul White’s Stunning Pencil Drawings




Melbourne-based artist Paul White’s illustrations are currently being exhibited at his “Wasteland Wanderlust” show in the Metro Gallery in Victoria, Australia.

The implied silence in Paul White’s works is almost deafening. His illustrations of decrepit vehicles and machines are set in stark, desolate landscapes, and seem to have been painted with almost a religious reverence to detail and composition.  The artist has based his drawings on photographs he took during a research trip throughout California and Arizona, last year.

There is an eerie silence in Paul White’s gently rendered imagery, an unspoken melancholia, as though the entire world has been ceased via a pause button. But the sheer lack of movement of machines designed for transit is only a part of it.

Where are the people?

White’s world is one of stasis. The trailer home, the railway freight car, the dismembered planes are all captured with a stillness that borders on the uncanny. One is, to an extent, reminded of the cinematic scenes in films like Silent Running, I Am Legend and The Omega Man where humanity has, quite simply, vanished.

Paul says that he is currently based in Australia, but has previously lived in Los Angeles while completing an MFA in Art at the California Institute of the Arts. The “Wasteland Wanderlust” will be on show at the Metro Gallery until 8 September, 2012.

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Fantasy Illustrations by Ture Ekroos


Illustration for Tähtivaeltaja magazine

I just loved these stunning and otherworldly illustrations by Ture Ekroos, a freelance illustrator based in Helsinki, Finland.

Ekroos is a trained artist, having studied graphic design at the University of Lapland, and illustration as an exchange student at The Arts University College at Bournemouth, UK.

You can buy prints of his works at Society6.

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Brilliant Olympic-Themed Illustrations by Charis Tsevis



A series of terrific illustrations created by Charis Tsevis for an Yahoo ad campaign for the coverage of the 2012 Olympics. Keeping the campaign’s slogan "The Once-In-A-Lifetime moments that happen every four years" in mind, Charis was able to portray the raw energy, color, excitement, and triumph of the Olympics in his illustrations.

Charis is an award-winning visual designer based in Athens, Greece. He also teaches typography and editorial design at AKTO College, Greece. You can find more of his works on his website and Behance galleries.

[via My Modern Met]

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Peter Jellitsch’s Hand Drawn Scientific Illustrations


These brilliant illustrations may look as though they were created using computer programs, but they were all hand drawn by Peter Jellitsch, an artist based in Vienna, Austria.

Jellitsch’s art is the stunning confluence of art and scientific phenomena. He is able to bring his interpretation of complex scientific information from the virtual world into the real world, using pencil and paper as an interface. He describes this painstakingly difficult process as an “analog translation of digital data.”

Jellitsch says,

I am not concerned about representing what I have seen with my drawings, I rather deal with a parallel world which represents an analogy to reality for me. The method of my artistic analysis is the analogy, and my interest lies in creating a dialogue between virtual processes and the real physical space. With this method, I can elaborate details I believe to be important.


Peter Jellitsch’s works will be exhibited at “Field Conditions,” an upcoming art exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, from September 01, 2012 to  January 06, 2013.

Link to the artist’s site.

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