Drawing With Steel

Frank Plant is an American sculptor who works in his studio in the Hostafrancs neighborhood of Barcelona, Spain. After studying sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Plant moved to Amsterdam as he began to develop the form and methods for which he has become known for, his drawings in steel. He has worked on his steel drawings from Barcelona since moving there in 1999.

wire drawing of a shoe

Speaking about his work, Frank Plant says they concern, “sense of humor and some sort of socio/political/economic awareness.” In his series Drawings in Steel, Plant displays this sense across a set of steel sculpted scenes depicting the tasks, objects and subject of every day life. “Taking in the Laundry,” a piece emblematic of Plant’s oeuvre, shows a steel silhouette removing dried laundry from a line. The steel is shaped against a white walled background, as all of the work in this series is, providing the linework of the drawing in a way that gives the illusion that it is ink on paper or canvas. Plant’s particular style of sculpture gives the illusion of a two-dimensional drawing with three-dimensional depth. The angles are drawn into a deceivingly simple cartoon of life, complete with the shadows created by the play between sculpture and the light in the room. Across the series, Plant’s work becomes even more complex, more impressive as he brings new modes of sculpture into the work. Even the simple edition of a glass carafe in his steel drawing, “Max at his Father’s Table,” adds new, almost cartoonish reality to Plant’s artwork. It gets to the point in his pieces to where the existence of other colors and materials feels strange and humorous in Plant’s world of bland, black and white people. It’s fun and oddly moving and the kind of work you can get lost in, looking at it from different angles, honing in on the points of depth and detail. It’s a visual journey well worth taking.

Brain drawing on a wall

Boombox drawing on a wall

Wire drawings on a wall

Drawings made with wires

Drawing With Steel

Frank Plant is an American sculptor who works in his studio in the Hostafrancs neighborhood of Barcelona, Spain. After studying sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Plant moved to Amsterdam as he began to develop the form and methods for which he has become known for, his drawings in steel. He has worked on his steel drawings from Barcelona since moving there in 1999.

wire drawing of a shoe

Speaking about his work, Frank Plant says they concern, “sense of humor and some sort of socio/political/economic awareness.” In his series Drawings in Steel, Plant displays this sense across a set of steel sculpted scenes depicting the tasks, objects and subject of every day life. “Taking in the Laundry,” a piece emblematic of Plant’s oeuvre, shows a steel silhouette removing dried laundry from a line. The steel is shaped against a white walled background, as all of the work in this series is, providing the linework of the drawing in a way that gives the illusion that it is ink on paper or canvas. Plant’s particular style of sculpture gives the illusion of a two-dimensional drawing with three-dimensional depth. The angles are drawn into a deceivingly simple cartoon of life, complete with the shadows created by the play between sculpture and the light in the room. Across the series, Plant’s work becomes even more complex, more impressive as he brings new modes of sculpture into the work. Even the simple edition of a glass carafe in his steel drawing, “Max at his Father’s Table,” adds new, almost cartoonish reality to Plant’s artwork. It gets to the point in his pieces to where the existence of other colors and materials feels strange and humorous in Plant’s world of bland, black and white people. It’s fun and oddly moving and the kind of work you can get lost in, looking at it from different angles, honing in on the points of depth and detail. It’s a visual journey well worth taking.

Brain drawing on a wall

Boombox drawing on a wall

Wire drawings on a wall

Drawings made with wires

Lined Up

Andreas Preis is a designer, illustrator and artist who works and lives in Berlin, Germany. Working in illustration, murals, logo and icon design and art direction, Preis has proven himself as an in-demand artist trusted by a number of prominent companies and brands. DC Comics, ESPN, Google, Nike and Microsoft are just a few of the organizations who have utilized the vision of Andreas Preis. Looking at the work included in his series, More drawings…, it’s easy to understand why such huge, global brands would turn to Preis for their artistic needs.

Drawing of a Rabbit with a Hoodie

The work included in this series is all handmade. As he notes at the beginning, Preis uses fineliners, markers, pencils and some brushes to show off his skills in linework and character design. His black and white illustrations, portraits of people and personified creatures, like a rabbit in a jacket and robed lizard, reveal a geometrically structured style that uses rectangular threads of line to sew together crystalline images of Preis’ figures. Jagged edges fit together to build the faces of people in various states of reflective contemplation, reactive joy and sinister stares. Dripping runs of ink at the bottom of some of the figures give a sense of bleeding evil or dark energy seeping from the character’s hearts. The versatility of tone and expression bely an artist in control of all aspects of their craft, an artist, Andreas Preis, trusted by the world’s biggest brands, an artist one should expect to see for years to come.

Line Drawing of a Lady

Drawing of a man without a shirt

Line sketch of a hipster

Line drawing of a lion

Lined Up

Andreas Preis is a designer, illustrator and artist who works and lives in Berlin, Germany. Working in illustration, murals, logo and icon design and art direction, Preis has proven himself as an in-demand artist trusted by a number of prominent companies and brands. DC Comics, ESPN, Google, Nike and Microsoft are just a few of the organizations who have utilized the vision of Andreas Preis. Looking at the work included in his series, More drawings…, it’s easy to understand why such huge, global brands would turn to Preis for their artistic needs.

Drawing of a Rabbit with a Hoodie

The work included in this series is all handmade. As he notes at the beginning, Preis uses fineliners, markers, pencils and some brushes to show off his skills in linework and character design. His black and white illustrations, portraits of people and personified creatures, like a rabbit in a jacket and robed lizard, reveal a geometrically structured style that uses rectangular threads of line to sew together crystalline images of Preis’ figures. Jagged edges fit together to build the faces of people in various states of reflective contemplation, reactive joy and sinister stares. Dripping runs of ink at the bottom of some of the figures give a sense of bleeding evil or dark energy seeping from the character’s hearts. The versatility of tone and expression bely an artist in control of all aspects of their craft, an artist, Andreas Preis, trusted by the world’s biggest brands, an artist one should expect to see for years to come.

Line Drawing of a Lady

Drawing of a man without a shirt

Line sketch of a hipster

Line drawing of a lion

Drawing Mech Designs and Futuristic Car Designs

Dwayne Vance, creative director for FutureElements, is an industrial designer and digital artist out of Corona, California. An artist talented in the traditional mediums of sketch and coloring, Vance’s main interest and focus is on the industrial design of the future, more specifically, the transportation and defense interests of the future. Bringing his singular imagination to his work, much of Vance’s work centers around renderings of potential mech designs for a future of mechanized defensive and offensive instruments of metallic destruction.

Japanese-style mech drawing

Outside of the mech design, the bulk of Vance’s work concerns designs for the cars of the future. Vehicles with fifties influenced engines, their heads protruding from the hoods of Vance’s vehicles, surrounded by sleek metallic frames, angled as though they’ve been engineered to shoot straight from the streets to the stars. Wide rimmed wheels at each end, their circumference reaching to the heights of the vehicle’s frame, look ready to meet the roads and terrain of a dying future world in turn. It isn’t a Mad Max world Dwayne Vance is envisioning here, it’s a future we’d all welcome living in, a world where engineering and tech meet in a new day of hot rod culture, a day of prosperity and advancement. Take a drive on over to Vance’s artwork and join in on his dream of the yet to come, new car culture.

Futuristic car drawing

Mech design

Drawing of a futuristic car

Sketch of mech

Drawing Mech Designs and Futuristic Car Designs

Dwayne Vance, creative director for FutureElements, is an industrial designer and digital artist out of Corona, California. An artist talented in the traditional mediums of sketch and coloring, Vance’s main interest and focus is on the industrial design of the future, more specifically, the transportation and defense interests of the future. Bringing his singular imagination to his work, much of Vance’s work centers around renderings of potential mech designs for a future of mechanized defensive and offensive instruments of metallic destruction.

Japanese-style mech drawing

Outside of the mech design, the bulk of Vance’s work concerns designs for the cars of the future. Vehicles with fifties influenced engines, their heads protruding from the hoods of Vance’s vehicles, surrounded by sleek metallic frames, angled as though they’ve been engineered to shoot straight from the streets to the stars. Wide rimmed wheels at each end, their circumference reaching to the heights of the vehicle’s frame, look ready to meet the roads and terrain of a dying future world in turn. It isn’t a Mad Max world Dwayne Vance is envisioning here, it’s a future we’d all welcome living in, a world where engineering and tech meet in a new day of hot rod culture, a day of prosperity and advancement. Take a drive on over to Vance’s artwork and join in on his dream of the yet to come, new car culture.

Futuristic car drawing

Mech design

Drawing of a futuristic car

Sketch of mech

Analog Sketches to Digital Drawings

Jang Suk-Woo, otherwise known as 1000day, is an imaginative and exciting character designer, toy designer and illustrator. Based in Seoul, 1000day carries the bona fides of having worked with or been recognized by some large, global companies like Samsung and Adobe. His artwork carries a sense of fun and whimsy and by 1000day’s own admission, communication. Writing on his website, he says, “I gently try to convey a sweet message to people like a breeze.”

In one of his most recent series, Melo Breeze in Time Line, 1000day brings the sweet message to life and carries the viewer through his process like a breeze. By way of illustrated interludes, 1000day provides his context for rendering symbolism alongside the physical process of the artwork, showing the pieces in various stages of sketching and coloring. This choice builds an almost storybook type feel to the whole arrangement, literary in a way that builds depth in the art while giving further access to the artist behind all of the vivid images of Melo Breeze, conveying the process of moving from separation towards new love. The character moves through the pieces, from the depths of the ocean, surrounded by fish, used as a symbol for parting and the anxiety of being alone, up to the land, eventually reaching above the clouds, finding the ecstasy of new love, surrounded by pastries and birds wearing headphones and bowler hats, the birds representing love. One look at 1000day’s Melo Breeze in Time Line and I swear you’ll find yourself surrounded by love birds too.

Analog

Digital Illustration

Analog Drawing of Girl Blowing Bubble

Digital Drawing of Girl Blowing Bubble

Analog Drawing of a Girl in Hoody

Digital Drawing of a Girl in Hoody

Analog Sketches to Digital Drawings

Jang Suk-Woo, otherwise known as 1000day, is an imaginative and exciting character designer, toy designer and illustrator. Based in Seoul, 1000day carries the bona fides of having worked with or been recognized by some large, global companies like Samsung and Adobe. His artwork carries a sense of fun and whimsy and by 1000day’s own admission, communication. Writing on his website, he says, “I gently try to convey a sweet message to people like a breeze.”

In one of his most recent series, Melo Breeze in Time Line, 1000day brings the sweet message to life and carries the viewer through his process like a breeze. By way of illustrated interludes, 1000day provides his context for rendering symbolism alongside the physical process of the artwork, showing the pieces in various stages of sketching and coloring. This choice builds an almost storybook type feel to the whole arrangement, literary in a way that builds depth in the art while giving further access to the artist behind all of the vivid images of Melo Breeze, conveying the process of moving from separation towards new love. The character moves through the pieces, from the depths of the ocean, surrounded by fish, used as a symbol for parting and the anxiety of being alone, up to the land, eventually reaching above the clouds, finding the ecstasy of new love, surrounded by pastries and birds wearing headphones and bowler hats, the birds representing love. One look at 1000day’s Melo Breeze in Time Line and I swear you’ll find yourself surrounded by love birds too.

Analog

Digital Illustration

Analog Drawing of Girl Blowing Bubble

Digital Drawing of Girl Blowing Bubble

Analog Drawing of a Girl in Hoody

Digital Drawing of a Girl in Hoody

A Hand Drawn Cup-folio That’ll Knock Your Socks Off!

If you’ve seen any of our drawing challenges (like the Coffee and Quotes Drawing Challenge) you probably already know how much we love doodling on objects that you might have otherwise tossed in the trash. So, you can imagine our excitement when we stumbled upon Lauren Elizabeth Lee’s entire “Cup-folio” dedicated to doodling on coffee cups. She mentions that the start of her illustration journey began with the simple act of drawing on coffee cups during her morning commute. How cool is that?! It’s refreshing to see this type of collection so beautifully executed by the same artist, with such breath-taking detail and use of the space! Sit back and relax with a cup of coffee as you teleport into a doodle wonderland with these dreamy illustrations. 

Drawn Coffee Cup

Drawing on a coffee cup

Coffee cup drawings

Pen drawings on a coffee cup

Drawing of a person on a coffee cup

Photo of hand holding a coffee cup

Coffee cup illustration

Paper coffee cup drawings

A Hand Drawn Cup-folio That’ll Knock Your Socks Off!

If you’ve seen any of our drawing challenges (like the Coffee and Quotes Drawing Challenge) you probably already know how much we love doodling on objects that you might have otherwise tossed in the trash. So, you can imagine our excitement when we stumbled upon Lauren Elizabeth Lee’s entire “Cup-folio” dedicated to doodling on coffee cups. She mentions that the start of her illustration journey began with the simple act of drawing on coffee cups during her morning commute. How cool is that?! It’s refreshing to see this type of collection so beautifully executed by the same artist, with such breath-taking detail and use of the space! Sit back and relax with a cup of coffee as you teleport into a doodle wonderland with these dreamy illustrations. 

Drawn Coffee Cup

Drawing on a coffee cup

Coffee cup drawings

Pen drawings on a coffee cup

Drawing of a person on a coffee cup

Photo of hand holding a coffee cup

Coffee cup illustration

Paper coffee cup drawings