I'm Aaron Blaise, Animator and Illustrator, and This Is How I Work

You may not know his name, but you've seen his work—for over twenty years Aaron Blaise worked as an animator with Disney to help create some of their most memorable characters. From Beauty and the Beast to Aladdin, The Lion King, and more, Aaron's pencil has overflowed with life. » 12/17/14 4:18pm 12/17/14 4:18pm

These Richly Detailed Maps Give the Modern World a Victorian Twist

Wouldn't we all love to live in a city where floating dirigibles shared the horizon alongside the glass towers of our modern skylines? Such is the wild world featured in the highly complex, geographically accurate illustrations of Icelandic artist Kristjana S. Williams, whose maps are part of an exhibition for the… » 9/15/14 5:00pm 9/15/14 5:00pm

The Dark, Glamorous World of One of NYC's Real-Life Mad Men

New York in the years after World War II was a city more prosperous and more modern than anything the world had seen—and it spawned a whole culture unto itself, distributed in newspapers, magazines, and advertisements. This was the era of Madison Avenue Men, and Mac Conner was their illustrator. » 9/09/14 11:15am 9/09/14 11:15am

This Drawing Device Lets You Sketch Like Da Vinci

It would be cool to have the ability to eyeball something sitting in front of you then draw it with some semblance of accuracy, but I'll be damned if that kind of hand-eye coordination isn't tough to achieve. NeoLucida is here to help those whose artistic enthusiasm outweighs their talent. » 5/18/14 2:41pm 5/18/14 2:41pm

Meet the Illustrator Who Drew Kids' Books, Anti-War Posters, and Erotica

At one point in the documentary Far Out Isn't Far Enough, French illustrator and provocateur Tomi Ungerer is sitting on a bench in a quaint town square, when from offscreen someone hands him a small, disembodied doll's arm. His face lights up; then he picks his nose with it. Meet one of the most wonderfully artistic,… » 5/17/14 8:00pm 5/17/14 8:00pm

Watch a Story Literally Unfold From the Creases of this Kids' Book

The Adventures of a Village begins like many stories do—by setting the scene. In this case, a small cluster of snow-covered buildings are intersected by winding train tracks. That's it. What happens next is a clever play on the old Choose Your Own Adventure books—but, instead of turning pages to read ahead, their… » 12/18/13 4:40pm 12/18/13 4:40pm

This Entire Awesome Star Wars Poster Was Illustrated From Memory

Let's do a little experiment. Grab a pen and a piece of paper and, without doing an internet search, draw C-3PO and R2-D2. We all know what those droids look like, but how close can you get without peeking at a pic? John Hendrix has been sketching the Star Wars universe since he was a kid; now, as a grown-up… » 12/12/13 3:00pm 12/12/13 3:00pm

The hilarious side jobs of superheroes are just perfect

Being a superhero is a tough gig. You have to deal with evil to the bone bad guys, an unconvincing public who thinks you're a weirdo vigilante in costume, people's unrealistic expectations of you to save the world and probably a really tough dating life. But what is a superhero to do if not be a super hero? Well, … » 11/11/13 11:41pm 11/11/13 11:41pm

9 Visions of the Future Described by Kids and Drawn by Adults

Ask the average four-year-old a question, and you'll probably get a wild, winding explanation in return. Case in point: Last month, little visitors to the V&A Museum of Childhood were invited to share their visions of what the future holds. The predictably weird and wonderful results—Invisible owners of the world!… » 10/24/13 9:00am 10/24/13 9:00am

11 Splendid Roald Dahl Illustrations Let You Revisit Your Childhood

Let's be honest: Roald Dahl books don't really need illustrations. The famed British author was such a visual and visceral writer that you could just close your eyes and see Matilda skipping off to school or the Fantastic Mr. Fox plotting his next act of mischief. That said, when illustrators do take on the subject… » 8/06/13 9:00am 8/06/13 9:00am