He looks familiar but how accurate are composite sketches really?

Wednesday, 28 July, 2010

A gallery comparing composite sketches of crime suspects, as drawn by police officers, with photos of the actual people they depict.

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A hand drawn map of the “island” of London

Thursday, 6 May, 2010

“The Island”, a not exactly microscopic hand drawn map of London, by British artist Stephen Walter.

The Island satirises the London-centric view of the English capital and its commuter towns as independent from the rest of the country.

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The erased works of Michaelangelo and other Renaissance artists

Thursday, 8 April, 2010

Using infrared imaging technology, a sketch by Renaissance artist Michaelangelo, of his sculpture “Bruges Madonna”, has been found underneath another of his drawings, and suggests he based the famous sculpture on a male, rather than female, model.

Similar techniques have uncovered erased works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and other Renaissance artists, with the practice of reusing the same sheet of paper for sketches being common at the time due to its hefty cost.

Renaissance artists often reused the same piece of paper for sketches, because the material was so expensive in the 1500s. They would rub out their drawings with stale bread, an early form of eraser. Using infrared imaging which reveals traces of residual carbon left by charcoal and black chalk, the British Museum has detected the underlying drawings.

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Sketches of my trip to the Moon during the Apollo missions

Thursday, 4 March, 2010

Joey Parlett’s series of 36 sketches based on photos taken mainly during the Apollo Moon missions.

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Before cameras all Google street view images were hand drawn

Friday, 29 January, 2010

Budapest based freelance illustrator Lehel Kovács has created a series of sketches based on Google street view photos.

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Draw your own conclusions as to which movies these are

Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Guess the title of the movie using a collection of just six sketches as clues… some are more straightforward than others.

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Sketches for my comic book hero Tintin

Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Leigh Walton’s Tintin themed sketchbook which so far consists of the work of 100 artists.

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Sketches of my coast to coast drive

Thursday, 15 October, 2009

Matt Sundstrom spent eight days driving from New Hampshire to Oregon and drew sketches of the journey.

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Gérard Michel’s sketches of Luxembourg

Friday, 2 October, 2009

A great collection of sketches of Luxembourg and surrounds by Belgium based artist Gérard Michel.

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What did you wear to work today, here’s a drawing of my outfit

Friday, 11 September, 2009

Flickr members’ sketches of their work outfits at What I Wore Today (drawings only!).

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