I’m Currently Backpacking Through Europe And Drawing Each City I Pass Through

My name is Maxwell Tilse. An Australian illustrator now living in London. I'm currently backpacking and keeping a comic diary of my travels.

On my current trip I've mostly done quick pencil sketches outside. Then, I'll find a warm cozy place to finish the drawing with a hot meal and a cold beer. Here are a few of my latest postcard sketches

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2 Months Of Work In 1 Minute

Dutch artist Marcel Witte creates paintings that look like photographs and carry powerful messages. His work 'Migration' features a life-size polar bear mother and her two tiny cubs, floating on an air mattress in the shape of a floe.

This acrylic environmental piece took Marcel 2 months to finish: "To start the painting process, I use a lot of pictures," the artist said.

"These examples are used to make the animals as realistic as possible. I study the movement of the animal, the attitude, the look in the eyes, the structure of the fur and the specific character to let the animals live throughout the painting. You simply want to hug the animal or hold it in your hands. To intensify this feeling, I paint the animals nearly life size."

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This Artist Is Illustrating Mental Illness And Disorders For Inktober

Have you ever heard of Inktober? Created in 2009, this event takes place for the entire month of October, challenging artists (and everyone) to complete one ink drawing each day.

As the website reads, Jake Parker started Inktober as a way to improve his drawing skills and develop positive drawing habits. But the movement quickly grew into a global event as thousands of artists participated in Inktober every year thereafter.

Shawn Coss, who works as a background designer and merchandise artist for the popular comic strip Cyanide and Happiness, is one artist who participates in Inktober every year.

This year, he decided to go off-prompt a bit by illustrating mental illnesses and disorders. As you might guess, some of them are quite dark and disturbing, but if you've any personal experience with mental illness, some of these will feel all too true.

Take a look at what Coss has come up with so far in the month of October and let us know how you feel about his dark portrayals of mental illness. Are any of them accurate for you?

1. Border Line Personality Disorder

This Woman's Amazing Body Poses Are Helping People With Serious Mental Health Issues

After being raped and dealing with the aftermath that involved major depression, anxiety, and PTSD, Heidi Williams has proven that she has found peace within herself once more with the help of yoga.

After finding this peace, Williams made the conscious decision that she was going to create some of the most breath taking images of body poses to inspire others who are suffering from extreme mental illnesses to find peace within themselves as well.

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These Illustrations Pefectly Show What It's Like To Have A Panic Attack

Anxiety disorders are a quickly growing concern as over forty million Americans find themselves in a fight to cope. Panic attacks effect a varying percentage of those diagnosed with anxiety.

It can creep up on a person and strike when they are waiting in line at the store, talking to their children's teachers, playing basketball or any other daily activity. Despite the growing influence, it isn't a openly discussed illness. As a result there are mainly cruel and unfair opinions.

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These Artists Will Transform Your Kid's Drawings Into Beautiful Pieces Of Jewelry

Kids make some of the most beautiful art and parents cherish the intent and energy placed in each piece. Their artistic expressions help document their growth and development.

They show the child's interests and help us see their unique perspective. If you want to immortalize a particular drawing your child has drawn now you can! Using the personal manufacturing website, Etsy, Tasarim Takarim is accepting the creations of children as templates for amazing jewelry.

The Turkish duo, has a wide array of mediums they can use to immortalize your child's works. The price of each piece varies on the metal and intricacies. Prices vary from 112 Euros to 188 Euros.

This Might Look Like An Old Rotting Tree, But Once You Look Closer You'll Realize The Truth

Appearances can be deceiving and perceptions subject to change. At first glance this tree looks a little sad, like it's fallen and rotting away.

As you move closer, you start to notice that the abrasions and divots are intentional.

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10 Hilarious Cartoons That Demonstrate Evolution's Twisted Sense Of Humor

Darwin was among the first people to consider that perhaps every living thing on the Earth is constantly changing, and we perhaps stemmed from creatures that were more "primitive" than we.

This is where the inspiration for his book, "On The Origin Of Species," came from. Published in 1859, it convincingly argued that the theory of evolution was more of a fact than anything else.

Even though evolution seems like pretty serious business, cartoonists have been poking fun at the funnier side of it. Has evolution actually enslaved us? You be the decider!

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This Man Drew A Picture Every Day For A Year To Illustrate His Thoughts And Relationship

After a conversation with his wife, Curtis Wiklund got the idea to draw a picture every single day for an entire year of the day to day in his marriage.

Each image was a little random. Some of it special, some of it awkward, some of it mundane. These adorable drawings so perfectly capture the warmth of love and the comfortable nature of a real marriage. All together, he drew 365 images that can be seen here. Below are some of our favorites.

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This Artist Took 20 Different Drugs And Created Unique Illustrations To Show Their Effects

Brian Pollett, otherwise known as Pixel-Pusha, has released a stunning collection of images featuring the results of using 20 different drugs. He "wanted to create opportunities to educate, whether related to psychedelics or art."

"Imagine the past, future, and linear time are gone," Pollett explained to A+. "You can just focus on your existence in the present. The idea of tomorrow is laughable. I can create art without concern of outsider judgment, without over analyzing my process, and intuitively enjoy creating the most honest work."

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These Beautiful Glass Lamps Create Stunning Artwork On The Walls Around You

When it comes to interior design, lighting is an important thing to consider. Asaf Zakay, an artist and designer, has it figured out. He developed three-dimensional light fixtures that create incredible art on surrounding surfaces.

"I love to create pieces that have an existence beyond what you are looking at, and I find I can do this with my glass sculptures and lighting," explains Zakay.

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It Took Over 100 Years To Notice THIS About A Painting Millions Have Seen

Everyone has seen Starry Night, the signature piece of art painted by Vincent Van Gogh. The swirling stars and bright crescent moon stir in our imaginations something that not all art can.

The origins of the painting are emotionally charged and a bit sad.

After cutting off a piece of his own ear during a psychotic episode, Van Gogh admitted himself to the Saint Paul de Mausole insane asylum in France.

It was there that he painted the now famous Starry Night.


The Postman Spent 33 Years Creating A Palace With The Stones He Found On His Delivery Route

In rural France during the 19th century, Ferdinand Cheval, who lived a simple life as a delivery postman, wouldn't find himself posthumously honored as an incredible postal carrier. While he did his work diligently, it was what he did on the side that has intrigued so many people.

For a total of 33 years, Cheval collected stones of different types on his route and with them, he constructed a shrine, Le Palais Ideal he calls it, a full cathedral with buttresses, pillars, and grottoes.

"I said to myself: since Nature is willing to do the sculpture, I will do the masonry and the architecture," he wrote in his journal. The masterpiece took 33 years and over 10,000 journeys down his route to complete.

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These Are The 15 Best Photos Ever Taken Without The Use Of Photoshop

Our world is a stunning, beautiful, amazing place that fills us with wonder, joy, and hope. Bright Side, which has worked tirelessly to collect wonderful images capturing magical moments on this Earth has released a series of 100 of the most beautiful images. You can check out there album here.

These are our favorites.

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In This African Village, Every Home Is A Magnificent Work Of Art

In the landlocked country of Burkina Faso, nestled between Mali and Ghana in west Africa is a small, circular village, only about 1.2 hecares. The village is called Tiébélé and it's special because each home is a work of art.

Tiébélé is home to the Kassena people, one of the oldest ethnic groups in the territory, having settled in the 15th century. Tiébélé is known for its beautiful architecture, called Gourounsi architecture, and their elaborately decorated walls.

Burkina Faso is, without a doubt, a very poor country. Possibly the poorest in the world. But while they are poor in money, they are rich in culture. The country carries on its cultural legacy where others have abandoned theirs.

Check out some of their beautiful homes!

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This Artist Perfectly Illustrates What It Feels Like to Live With Depression And Anxiety

Gemma Correll, a British illustrator based out of California, created a comic series to explain what life with anxiety looks like.

She chronicles her own struggles with anxiety and depression and tries to paint a picture of the disorders to the rest of us.

Of course, while she is breaking down some serious issues, she's also injecting a little bit of humor. No stigma needed here!


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17 Uncomfortable Images That Tell The Cynical Truth About Our World

Art has the incredible ability to reveal uncomfortable truths about our world and evoke some serious emotions. Truly, the modern world is pretty crazy and strange. It's easy to ignore it - it's pretty much all our culture tries to get us to do. That's why Joe Webbart, an artist responsible for making these collages, decided to step up and reveal the truth.

"All of my images are hand-made, without the use of computers," writes Webbart. "I find the images in newspapers, magazines given on trains, buses and bins. My collages work to a basic rule of sourcing just two or three images.

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Is Your Brain Easily Fooled? Take This 10 Picture Challenge To Find Out

"What do you see first?"

It's a pretty basic question. Below, you'll be shown multiple images and will be prompted to select the image that you saw in it first.

Find out how sharp you are based on your answer to these optical illusions. Scroll down and click "Let's play!"

Let us know your results in the comments below and don't forget to SHARE this article with your family and friends on Facebook!


There Is A Secret Network Of Psychedelic Temples Hidden Beneath The Alps

Beneath the Alps is an ecovillage commune that serves as a spiritual community founded in 1975 by Falco Tarassaco. It's called Damanhur and it can be found in the Piedmont region of Italy 30 miles north of Turin.

From the official website for Damanhur:

“Damanhur is a resilient Federation with its own Constitution, culture, art, music, currency, schools and uses of science and technology. Its citizens are open to sharing their knowledge and research with other groups and cultures of the world, with anyone who is interested in exploring these themes. Damanhur holds events at numerous centers, organizations and points of outreach in many cities around the world, and also hosts thousands of visitors each year who participate in tours, seminars, retreats and courses through Damanhur University. The community has attracted interest from scholars, educators and researchers in the fields of art, social sciences, spirituality, medicine and alternative health, economics and environmental sustainability.

…what sets Damanhur apart from other intentional communities is that it actively utilizes the practical application of science, research and a spiritual philosophy in harmony with the planet. And yet, there is one more phenomenon that makes Damanhur truly unique: It's an axis point where four of the 18 worldwide synchronic lines intersect. The very ground breathes. Rocks, trees and plants resonate prana. Everything seems to be subtly energized. The effect, when you visit here, is an unmistakable lifting of the human spirit.

To walk in Damanhur is to walk through past, present and future. Ancient mysteries and the forgotten wisdom of great civilizations coalesce with a fresh, tech-infused vision of an evolving potential future."

The Italian government has threatened to destroy the temples unless opened up for them to see. After a protest, the government relented and even encouraged expansion.

Do You Have The Intelligence Of An Artist Or A Scientist?

"Every art should become science, and every science should become art."

There are lots of different types of intelligence, but most of them can be classified in these two forms: artistic or scientific. Artistic intelligence involves deep emotional sensing and the ability to create beautiful works. You tend to be sensitive, thoughtful, and creative.

With scientific intelligence, you're a bit more analytical. You have a deep desire for the truth and want to know the reality, no matter how uncomfortable it may be.

Which do you think you are? Take the quiz and find out:



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