Painstaking portraits of Westeros’s best (and worst).
Game of Thrones may be done, but the fan art will live on. Not that we encourage you to search for GoT fan art – no, that would herald some, er, rather interesting results. Instead, we suggest you skip straight to Robbin Gregorio’s impressive papercut portraits. Robbin has recreated Westero’s best (and worst) in such painstaking detail, he deserves a crown of his own. Peep more of his work round this-a-way.
Some say black cats are bad luck, but in Kamwei Fong’s iillustrations, they’re just innocent bundles of fur.
Malaysian illustrator Kamwei Fong uses his felt-tip pen with such finesse that you can almost feel each hair rising from his works. Starting from a simple outline, Kamwei carefully fills in his cat drawings hair by hair, until a fine feline emerges on the other end (sometimes with a glass of wine in hand). Check out more of his work and glimpse a bit of the behind-the-scenes action on his Instagram.
It’s hard to believe that these delish-looking sculptures are made from trash found on the sidewalk.
One person’s trash is another’s treasure – and for French street artist Lor-K, a discarded mattress is an artistic opportunity. If you happen to be traversing the streets of wee Paree and stumble across an oversized ice-cream or slice of cake, it’s likely the work of Lor-K. When the artist spots a piece of rubbish on the sidewalk, she lugs it back to her studio, transforms it into something much more appetising, and then returns it to where she found it in the hope that we pay a little bit more attention to what we discard.
Haley Tippmann’s illustrations capture the beauty of busy folks going about their everyday business.
We love when art transports us elsewhere. In the case of Haley Tippmann’s illustrations, we’re thrown straight into the arms of a bustling metropolis, into glowing New York-style cafés and packed streetscapes filled with new faces. It’s no surprise that Haley enjoys observing the everyday situations around her, but it’s her cinematic touch and use of colour that makes the mundane make extra special. See more of her work over here.
Ruby Silvious paints mini artworks on steeped tea bags.
After enjoying a cuppa or two, artist Ruby Silvious turns her remaining tea bags into tiny canvases. She first started the delicate project in 2015 as a way to record her daily thoughts and impressions, but has since continued on, downing more brews to paint up a collection of mini travel diaries from Japan, France and Spain. Ah, to sip and paint all day – we're only slightly jealous of Ruby’s career. See more of her works below, or on her website.
What’s a pile of discarded banana peels doing in an art gallery, you ask? Well, these aren’t just the remains of a several banana cakes. They’re cold hard ceramics that have been meticulously shaped into chuckle-inducing forms by 55-year-old artist Koji Kasatani. Koji wants viewers to see garbage in a new light, and looking at his cuddling, dancing ‘Girlfriend Bananas’, we’d say: mission accomplished.
When you think about it, embroidery and tattooing have a lot in common. They both require a needle to get started, involve a fair bit of poking, and produce equally intricate styles of art – the only difference is the canvas. It makes sense then, that a number of skilled tattoo artists across the world have been inking embroidery and cross-stitch onto skin, to great effect, too. It’s the perfect combination of craft and punk. Needless to say, we’re digging it.
This English artist makes ultra-relatable collages.
Spent a few too many hours scrolling instead of doing your uni assignment? Struggled to compose an email? Blabbed about your feelings on your Instagram account? So too has Demi Whiffen. The 22-year-old Enlgish artist (and fan of the exclamation mark) makes vintage-inspired collages that seem to express all of our inner thoughts. Follow along for regular work on Demi’s tumblr, or bag a great big demotivational print to hang on your wall from her Society6 shop.
Artist Melanie Vugich paints books, blooms and sunny afternoons.
Is there any scene more serene than a side table filled with unread books, fresh flowers and a cup of tea? We think not. Sydney-based Melanie Vugich brings these blissful moments to life with her beautiful still life paintings. Browsing through her pieces feels like a sunny afternoon, and you might even spy some literature that occupies your own bookshelf. Melanie’s work will inspire you to pick up some native blossoms and curl up on the couch with a good read. Pure heaven.
You’ve seen dogs that look like fried chicken (if you haven’t, please do yourself a favour and look that up right now), but have you seen hedgehogs that look uncannily like hot cross buns? Artist Kathryn Selbert has illustrated the spiky creatures, belly-up among a clutch of Easter treats and the result is all sorts of adorable. We might not be able to cuddle a real life hedgehog in Australia, but we sure can hang Kathryn’s print up and dream about doing so.