Trompe L'oeil

The artist recreates a realistic depiction of the torn paying card, paying attention to the right color and shadow definition of its counterpart.

“Realism Challenge: Playing Card” Artist. Mark Crilley


Today on Cool Stuff in the Mail … Mark Crilley’s new graphic novel The Drawing Lesson, which as the title promises, is in fact “a graphic novel that teaches you how to draw,” via an adorable tale of a persistent little kid bugging an artist for lessons. (Okay, also I’m a giant Mark Crilley fangirl – if you haven’t read his Akiko books, what are you waiting for? They’re delightful for budding comics nerds and grownups alike.)

– Petra (who’s off to practice negative space drawings)


As someone trying to develop an art style of my own, I found this interesting to watch.


drawing time lapse: realism challenge | by Mark Crilley


There are four types of human beings when it comes to love - sustainers, wanderers, selfers, and neverfinds.
Sustainers are the only ones able to keep love alive for a lifetime.
Wanderers fall in love a lot, but can never make it last.
Selfers think they’re in love with someone… but really only love themselves.
The hardest ones to explain are the neverfinds. You see them all over; people who, through no fault on their own… never manage to find lasting love.
Wanderers and selfers are lucky, really; they can transform themselves into sustainers, given enough time and effort. But neverfinds have no such hope of salvation. They are cursed to experience love just once… to feel it as fully and as deeply as anyone.. but then, after months or even just weeks.. see it snatched away from them for the rest of their lives.

Miki Falls; Mark Crilley