Whimsical art is a vibrant and playful style of art that is childlike and carefree. Commonly associated with children's book illustrations and fairy tale art, this artwork lifts the spirit and makes you happy.
Whimsical art is characteristically (but not necessarily) bright, colorful, and fun. It is the art of childhood and innocence. But it doesn't always have to be sugary sweet and deliciously darling. Art imbued with whimsicality can also include the cutely creepy, the oddly adorable, and the ugly munchkins. For example, Tim Burton's cast of characters in Nightmare Before Christmas are a bizarre bunch of mostly-loveable whimsical characters that emerge from the darker side of human psychology. Such characters express innocence gone awry. They are the shadowy side of whimsicality.
The characters that appear inwhimsical art include fairies, elves, gnomes, trolls, aliens, monsters, pixies - basically anything that the imagination can conjure. Whimsical creatures can also include absolutely anything with anthropomorphic (human-like) features... such as a giant tomato with big blue eyes. Or a serpentine sea creature with a penchant for cowboy hats. The common theme is that they are surreal and quirky. Their strangeness is unexpected and often unsettling. They are the stuff of both daydreams and nightmares.
Humans can also find, creep, tumble or crawl their way into whimsical art. When they do, whimsical art will usually depict them as odd humans who have something slightly strange about them. Maybe their eyes are too big, their mouths too small, their ears too close. Maybe their feet are bigger than their heads. Or else they are perfectly "normal" humans (at least on the outside), who find themselves in strange and unsettling scenarios... wandering amidst towering toadstools or swimming in underwater galaxies with mermaids and butterflyfish.
Whimsical creatures do not exist in "real life", or so they say. In the world of the whimsical, imagination rules supreme. Whimsical worlds envelop the realms of mystery and magic, where the surreal is more real than unreal. Such art has the power to take us to other places and to plumb the depths of our most hidden dreams.
There is an innocent poetry to whimsical art. They can tell tales, or they can leave the story-telling up to the viewer. Either way, whimsical art delights and enchants, weaving a charming and spirited path through our imaginations.
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Cute art is enchanting, addictive and bundles of fun! Check out the whimsical ACEO cards of Lemon Shortbread (shown left), whose colorful pop art practically jumps out and gives you a hug!
Learn how to draw a cute, colorful owl in this easy step-by-step drawing lesson!
Get inspired by the whimsical art for children by Mariann Johansen-Ellis (shown below), and learn about how she makes her cute art!
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Check out the quirky realist art of Karen Hull, such as the cat and fairy colored pencil drawing below!
Learn how to draw whimsical faces from photographs, like the one on the left! This whimsical drawing lesson shows you how to look at an ordinary photo and find inspiration for creating whimsical portraits.
Discover the work of various artists who work in a whimsical style on whimsicalpaintings.com!
For brightly-colored art featuring animals and bugs, check out the whimsical paintings of Scott Plaster.
He also lists all his favorite whimsical artists on www.WhimsicalArtists.com, where you can find several hand-selected artists who work in a whimsical style.