My Google Reader has been overwhelmed by beautiful graphics and illustrations in the last few days, some incredible, many humorous. And here are I few I wanted to share with you:
Seen on designworlklife, a series of posters for the Charleston Ballet Theatre incorporate ballet shoes into scenes from The Nutcracker, Dracula, The Wizard of Oz and more. These are a couple of my favourites: Snow White and Yes! It’s Gershwin.
Via Flavorwire: artist Fernando Vincente turns beautiful maps into beautiful paintings, in such an elegant style it makes you wish the world really was that shape.
And now to Westeros! Via The Mary Sue – Nike designer Darrin Crescenzi has illustrated all the sigils from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, and it’s very cool to see them all together. Some are not quite how I’d imagined, particularly the Stark sigil, which looks a little underwhelming for a menacing direwolf, but the use of gold foil makes the Greyjoy, Lannister and Payne sigils eye-catchingly brilliant. See the full set or buy prints here.
From the small screen to the big screen: Removies is a Tumblr of posters for movies with one letter removed, including Dawn of the Dad or Ill Bill. Very clever, funny, and beautifuly illustrated. Found thanks to Hey U Guys.
And in a similar vein, Laughing Squid directed me over to Better Book Titles, where Dan Wilbur and readers alter book covers to more closely reflect the content. You really can judge a book by it’s cover when the title tells you everything you need to know. Above: The Very Hungry Caterpillar aka Eat Until You Feel Pretty and the beautiful and hilarious I Want My Hat Back remastered as If Someone Lies To You, Murder Him And Lie About Murdering Him.
Finally, the Tragedy Series illustrations are “Depictions drawn from regrettable accounts of the less fortunate for purposes of instruction; so that one may avoid similar missteps.” They are totally bizarre and unpredictable, but very funny and so well put together. Read the tags for extra hilarity.