Illustration is an art form that has been around since the Middle Ages, when pictures started accompanying text in books. Woodcut illustrations, etchings and engravings have given way to modern works that employ the latest technologies. Given the history of illustration, its connection with the mechanical, and its earliest perception as a vocation rather than an art, few illustrators have risen to the same level of fame and appreciation as their “fine artist” peers. But today, illustration has become a respected idiom and its creators leave indelible images that can evoke just as many emotions as oil on canvas. Here are a handful of the incredible illustrators of our time:
Browsing ATI By art
For the admission price of one metro ticket, tens of thousands of Stockholm’s commuters can gain access to what is likely the world’s biggest (and longest) art exhibition. Within the capital city’s cavernous 68-mile underground train hub, 90 of the 100 stations are fantastically adorned with sculptures, mosaics, paintings, engravings, and various other works by over 150 artists.
What’s better than a fantastic TED Talk on human vulnerability? A TED Talk on human vulnerability that’s presented as a short animated film on the connections and relationships between whimsically drawn creatures. Dr. Brené Brown’s talk on the importance of connection, empathy and communication has never been so poignant.
With each brush stroke or streak of spray paint that hits the concrete, street artists turn the notion that creativity and artistic ingenue can only be found within the stuffy halls of self-important museums entirely on its head. 2013 was no exception to this thinking, as can be seen in the following 40 images.
Step Into The Void Over The French Alps
If you’re looking for an exotic winter getaway and don’t mind forking over a good portion of your savings, consider Chamonix. Soaring nearly 4,000 feet above the scenic ski town’s borders is its recently constructed skywalk, hovering in the French Alps’ Aiguille du Midi mountain peak. Opening on December 21st, visitors can peer down at the vast alpine terrains and up to Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps and European Union. For more stunning views, check out The Atlantic’s spread.
While the rotund man in red only comes around once a year, there’s no reason he can’t permanently ensconce himself in timeless works of art. Equally parts entertaining and informative, photographer Ed Wheeler’s “Santa Classics” provides viewers with an insight into St. Nick’s hobbies and pastimes outside of squeezing into small spaces.
Wheeler, who has been in the field for 35 years, began his series of humorous Santa self-portraits several years ago, only deciding to up the ante to include classic works of art relatively recently. The move worked out well for him: this October, the Philadelphia Museum of Art decided to publish Wheeler’s series as Christmas cards.
From hanging colored lights to the dreamlike footbridges of Giverny, to rubbing elbows with Moulin Rouge courtesans, Santa’s got more up his sleeve than presents. Be sure to visit Wheeler’s website for more glimpses into the life of Santa Claus, art aficionado.