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Ah, spring is (finally) in the air. A time-honored tradition for many, decorating eggs, is taken to a whole other level by truly skilled artists (here and here). Brooklyn-based tattoo artist turned fine artist Scott Campbell is among said artists, innovating egg decoration even further. In fact, “decoration” is probably much too casual a term… this is art. Campbell uses his exceptional illustration skills to produce graphite drawings inside ostrich eggshells. Mind blowing, we know. The intricacy of his work, and sheer beauty of his compositions, on what we can only imagine to be a rather trying surface, is awe-inspiring. Campbell’s subject matter of choice, not only with his eggshell art but throughout his body of work, focuses on the visual juxtaposition of life and death. Needless to say, we are absolutely taken with his work.

Via scottcampbellstudio.com and marcjancou.com and Instagram

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People show appreciation for their friends in many different ways. Milan-based illustrator/artist Thomas Cian reserves pages of a Moleskine journal for emotive pencil drawings of those closest to him. And given his supreme illustration skills, we’d say each mini-masterpiece is quite a tribute. His sense of composition and use of the spreads is terrific. The details and nuances of shading he achieves with a simple piece of graphite is really impressive. Cian is a very gifted artist, and we should consider ourselves lucky to be exposed to such raw and personal work.

Via Behance

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Unconventional materials used to create art may seem gimmicky and gratuitous to some, but in this case they add depth and interest to the work. London-based artist Carne Griffiths has mastered the marriage of calligraphy inks and graphite with liquids such as tea, brandy, and vodka. These exquisite and complex portraits (for sale here) involve highly detailed floral and organic flourishes layered with portraiture and other geometric forms. And all done without the aid of Photoshop. Griffiths’ eye for color and intricacy is quite something. Would love to see him illustrate narrative… his work seems to tell a story already.

Via carnegriffiths.com

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What often sets an illustrator apart is style. And skill varies, of course. London-based illustrator/designer Alexis Marcou has the total package, so to speak. The level of detail and realism he achieves is quite remarkable, but his style is also extraordinary. In this self-initiated series spanning more than two years, Marcou captures something really special in four (very different) iconic musical artists. In his own words, “The biggest challenge in technical terms was to preserve the same style throughout even though the four main artists presented here are very different to one another. The whole idea behind this project was to create a style bold enough to fit any music artist without distorting his/her identity.” Seriously enviable work here, folks.

Via alexismarcou.com

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