There are a lot of weird things that humans do that we’ve simply gotten used to over time. I’m talking about things like massively overcrowded chicken farms, circus animals, dog shows, and so on. But just because these things got normalized, that doesn’t mean we should simply accept them. And if you’re not convinced, artist Barbara Daniels’ illustrations might change your mind.
In her Dominion over Man series, the artist creates eye-opening illustrations that shows our society if the roles of humans and animals were reversed, and suddenly a lot of common human practices no longer look so normal. See some of her shocking illustrations in the gallery below!
Hello everyone! My name is Evisa and I am an author, an artist, and many other things. I found myself struggling with keeping a balance between my love for writing, photography, drawing, and embroidery, so one day I decided to combine it all!
The process from start to finish of each piece is long, as there are several steps in between. Taking the photo, editing it, printing it, then staring at it for days & nights until I visualize the idea. After the initial idea is born I digitally draw it, so I can check if I like it or not and make any additional changes before embroidering it. When I’m pleased with this digital visualization, I then check the materials and the embroidery techniques I’m going to use.
There are numerous things wrong with today’s society, yet somehow we’ve gotten so accustomed to them, we barely even notice them anymore. Wars, global pandemics, government surveillance – it almost seems like it’s the norm nowadays. However, there are still people out there who make sure we don’t forget about all the wrong things that are going on around us – and one of them is artist John Holcroft.
The artist creates satirical and eye-opening illustrations about the modern society and you’ll be surprised by their accuracy. The man has been working as an illustrator since 1996 and his works have been featured in numerous publications, including Telegraph, Guardian, and Times. See a collection of John’s illustrations in the gallery below and if you want more, check out the illustrations by Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski here!
One day, this guy just kind of figured – “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!
One clever conceptual illustration can tell more than words ever could. This is the true power of art—no borders or language limitations. Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski offers an honest look into our modern world through his brilliantly intelligent artwork that touches on globally important social, political, and economic issues. By masterfully blending artistic talent, social commentary, and satirical twists, Kuczynski accurately pokes at truths, flaws, and sometimes even ridicule of our everyday life, and it’s some truly delicious food for thought!
We have compiled a list of some of the best thought-provoking illustrations by Pawel Kuczynski—some of them might seem relatable, others controversial or eye-opening, but all deliver strong messages and insights about our lives. For more artwork, check out previous posts on Bored Pandahere, here and here.
Do you recognize today‘s society in these illustrations? Let us know in the comments!
Kuczynski has been drawing since childhood and enrolled in graphics studies at the Fine Arts Academy in Poznan. He started turning observations into satirical illustrations in 2014, when a friend encouraged him to enter a cartoon competition, and he was hooked immediately. Fast forward to now—the 43-year-old artist has been recognized worldwide and has been honored with more than 140 prizes and distinctions. Ironically, his work that often questions our obsessive relationship with technology and social media has an impressive following of over half a million people on Facebook.
Kuczynski told Bored Panda that he draws inspiration from his peers and colleagues, as well as the old masters, particularly Caravaggio for his “play of the lights and the shadows.” He applies his skills to create metaphors that are both aesthetically pleasing and mind-boggling. Due to his distinctive style, Kuczynski’s work is often called surrealistic, but the artist describes himself as “a realistic illustrator… of our surreal times.”
Born in 1976 in communist-ruled Szczecin, Kuczynski grew up in a dynamically changing environment on the path to independence—from a Soviet regime to resistance. The artist himself admits that he appreciates today’s reality much more, but still holds memories that have taught him the art of critical thinking. Times have changed, but there’s still plenty of absurd material to cover with grotesque illustrations. “I’m not the messenger, I’m just the chronicler of our time,” Kuczynski says.
To stay in tune with current affairs and trends, Kuczynski turns to web portals and magazines. The artist’s illustrations are a mirror of the world we currently live in. He digs deep to find all the ills of our dystopian society and presents them to us wrapped in a perfectly understandable artistic form. His powerful satire addresses highly relevant environmental problems, political issues and hypocrisy, social injustice, capitalism, war, technological development and its influence, and much more.
“I think these are not only my observations. I’m able to notice them as illustrations—to show them in a universal language, in the picture language, which is understandable to the whole world,” says Kuczynski.
The artist challenges our values and makes us rethink some of the darkest parts of modern living. “I notice the people’s reactions to my drawings…” Kuczynski says. “Very often, they say that I illustrated their feelings.” He says that through his satire, he wants to encourage people to start to think more about their own problems. In the end, we all are a part of what we call a modern world—with its pros and cons.
How many times have you looked at your dog and wondered what the heck is going on in that little mind? How many midnights on Christmas Eve have you spent waiting for that humble ‘meow’ to transform into ‘hey, Dave’? Well, those days are numbered.
Thanks to Jimmy Craig, we now know not only what our pets are thinking, but also what they say to one another. The artist has illustrated all of their communication subtleties for the eye-opening They Can Talk comic series. It turns out that these feline and canine conversations reveal as much about humans as they do about our four-legged friends.
Sit back, relax, and let’s find out the truth you’ve been craving for so many years. Plus, read Bored Panda’s interview with the artist himself on the challenges that come with creating these surreal animal conversations.
Bored Panda spoke to the artist himself, Jimmy Craig, in order to find out the source of his seemingly endless inspiration. “I recently got two cats, which explains why I’ve been writing a little more cat comics than usual.“ It turns out that inspirational flow is always in front of him: “When they’re being total psychopaths, the silver lining is that I’ll get a comic idea out of it.”
One of the hardest parts of making the comics has to do with animal expressions. “Sometimes it’s challenging to give the animals recognizable expressions without making them look too human.” Craig adds: “I still try to keep the comic somewhat grounded in reality.”
The artist believes that our thoughts are much more similar to our pets’ than we’d like to think. “I like to think that animals have similar thoughts as us, so whether I’m thinking about what animals might be saying to each other or imposing my own thoughts on them, there’s some truth in both.”
Jimmy Craig has been working on his They Can Talk project since 2015, but he believes that his drawing has improved over time. “I still keep the backgrounds simple (or non-existent), but I think there’s more consistency in the look and style of the animals.”
For all the They Can Talk fans out there, you’re likely to see more comic scenarios in the near future. “I’m satisfied as long as I’m doing something creative. Thankfully, exposure from the comic has led to other opportunities and I hope it continues to serve as a sort of portfolio for my writing and illustration.”
There are millions of species in the world, but only a few of them communicate with language. Usually, their conversations are based on much more basic means of expression—anything from body language to instinctive calls. Moreover, humans are known to have a brain template for acquiring language and it’s crucial in learning multiple languages.
The crucial question is whether these means of communication could be called accidental or intentional. According to Carl Safina, the author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel, all species of free-living great apes use gestures to communicate. And these gestures aren’t random. They’re directed at specific individuals who understand them, and they’re used intentionally and flexibly. Meanwhile, he writes, “humans happen to be talkers. Think of the words wasted.”
When you think about it, humans could have been wrong altogether—fewer words don’t mean less communication, and quite on the contrary—too many words are just jabbering without a purpose.
The Woke Salaryman is a comic series started by two friends, Goh Wei Choon and He Ruiming. The two had been friends during their study days but grew apart after graduating. Eventually they reconnected again after becoming colleagues and decided to make the most out of their rekindled friendship by starting the comic series.
In an interview with Bored Panda, the artists said they noticed how many of their peers were recklessly spending their money. “Some of them were in their 30s with very little savings. We found that scary, and wanted to trigger the young folks in our country to better their financial decisions and lives in general,” said the artists. “Along the way, audiences from other countries started to pick up on our page.”
In one of their most recent comics, Goh and He illustrated how downsizing could lead to a better life and the comic is truly eye-opening. Check it out below!
The artists live in Singapore and say it’s one of the most materialistic and consumeristic on the planet. “Often, people get into meaningless competitions to see who can display more material wealth. This isn’t always good for people’s financial stability,” said the duo. They say they managed to save quite a bit of money by resisting peer pressure and living below their means. “We thought if people could see that doing this had its benefits, they’d be more open to trying this out,” explained the artists.
However, not everyone agreed with the duo’s message
Many say it’s old news, but when I discovered that 75% of Ikea’s catalog is computer-generated imagery, I was dumbstruck. I did sincerely believe that achieving that level of pristine beauty and organized life was possible and there were capable people who actually lived it. At least I’m sure I wasn’t the only one being fooled.
Although, it took me hours to select these eye-opening, photo realistic renderings, the result is an ultimate mind trap and the only proof we need to know that we don’t know anything!
The hospitality mogul’s sprawling West Village office embodies his frenetic genius: Renderings and design experiments from his projects are tacked onto the walls, hanging alongside well-wishes from celebrity associates over the years. Schrager has written down and laminated some of his epiphanies about innovation, which he references excitedly as he discusses his latest developments.