Zoom in on the exquisite details of Jess Shepherd’s hyperrealistic renderings of fallen leaves. The botanical painter plans to create a book of her illustrations, which are all based on leaves found in different areas of London. 

“The story began when I picked up a leaf from a London pavement in July 2014,” she says. “It had been scuffed by the streets of the city and was no longer attached to the tree, but blowing across the ground in the wind. Like me, it was on the move.” 

Fascinated by the intricacies of each individual leaf, she created dozens of these paintings over the next few months. The resulting series “is a journey through a botanical dystopia where leaves can be found growing on the margins of human civilization,” she says. 

Learn more about her project and support it here.


I never spent a lot of time thinking about how my living space looked and felt until I moved 1800km away from my family and friends two years ago. Overnight the atmosphere in my room became a big contributor to my wellbeing. The past me did the present me a solid by organizing the crap out of my room before summer break.

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

Panty and Stocking fight off the undead ghost hordes at night in this spooky illustration by storyboard artist and animation director Yoh Yoshinari (吉成曜), from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Datencity Paparazzi.