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

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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

10 Extreme--And Extremely Pretty--Close Ups of Bacteria and Plants

Bacteria has the virtue (and sometimes the vice) of being able to grow at incredible speeds—some strains can double in cell count in as little as four minutes. Fernan Federici, a postdoctoral student at the University of Cambridge, is pioneering the art of capturing the split-second process. And the results are… » 7/10/13 9:00am 7/10/13 9:00am

Beautiful Prints From Iconic New Yorker Artist Adrian Tomine

Adrian Tomine has a talent for capturing the strangeness and beauty of life in a city, from creeping Brooklyn gentrification to the subway-borne Missed Connection. His frequent illustrations for The New Yorker have always made me wish I could own a larger print—in fact, a copy of his iconic post-Hurricane Sandy cover » 5/24/13 5:00pm 5/24/13 5:00pm

Pinup Girls Before and After: The Original Photoshop

It's well-established that the person you see on the cover of a magazine often bears only passing resemblance to how they look in real life. But well before Photoshop ever stamped out its first blemish, illustrators were transforming women into pin-ups that would make Tex Avery blush. » 4/08/11 2:40pm 4/08/11 2:40pm

How Big Is the ISS Compared to Science Fiction Spaceships?

We are so used to the International Space Station that we don't give its massive scale a second thought. I, for one, took it for granted until a newly-released NASA photograph reminded me that this thing is huge » 11/26/08 11:20am 11/26/08 11:20am. So huge that I fired up Photoshop and did an illustration comparing it to a Mk1, a Corellian corvette,…