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20 Illustrations That Accurately Capture Modern Society’s Major Problems

These profound illustrations have relevant messages for us.

One of the wonderful things about good art is that they can be very effective in conveying important messages. Regardless if it is a piece of music, a framed painting, or any other medium, art can have a huge impact and influence on a person or even an entire society.

This is exactly the reason why we love the work of Al Margen. As you will see in the illustrations below, his thought-provoking illustrations accurately mirror some of the major problems we have in the modern world. The artworks are mostly dark and bleak and each one carries a profound message for all of us.

Check out the drawings and observe closely. Try to see the messages behind the illustrations and see where you stand in these relevant issues – are you part of the problem or are you doing your best to be a part of the solution?

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In a post by the EncourageInspireChange website, we are asked the following questions:

“How do you feel about the images you see?.. What do we do with these feelings as they arise from looking at these images?.. Are you contributing to what they are representing? What can you do to change yourself and your own behaviors when it comes to what you see?”

We sure hope you took the time to reflect on these social commentaries conveyed through illustrated pieces.

For more of Al Margen’s provocative artworks, you can check out his official page on Facebook or you can follow him via Instagram.

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6 Ancient Artworks That Led To Fascinating Discoveries

#5 is truly fascinating!

The ancient world is still shrouded in mystery but we continue to learn new things every day. Sometimes these discoveries come from surprising sources. The artworks of our ancestors have often revealed fascinating things about our history.

Some of these interesting discoveries are related to religion. For instance, a 1,500-year-old painting found in the ruins of Shivta depicts the face of Jesus Christ. However, it is different from most images of the Messiah we see today. The painting shows Jesus as a young man instead of his commonly bearded appearance. Here are six ancient artworks that led to fascinating discoveries.

1. Pompeii's Exquisite Lararium

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Artist Uses Household Items As Inspiration To Draw Epic Spaceship Designs

This awesome artist finds inspiration from can openers, peelers, shampoo bottles, and more.

If you’re an artist, you know how important it is to always keep your eyes peeled for inspiration – which can come from many different sources. Yes, creativity can be triggered by a lot of things, from movies you watch and books you read, to personal experiences you’ve had, and many others.

One artist, however, finds his ideas from somewhere really close to home – namely common household items – and he’s been creating magnificent spaceships out of them!

Meet Eric Geusz, artist, software engineer and sci-fi enthusiast.

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12 Of The Year’s Most Inspiring Moments Captured On Camera

The contest asked people to send photos that “make them feel inspired and optimistic about the world we live in” – and these are the winners.

With all the negativity happening in the world today, it's always a breath of fresh air whenever we see the exact opposite from time to time. That's why we love it whenever we hear about heartwarming stories and videos going viral on social media. We all need some positivity in our lives.

Case in point, the photos you'll see below have been recognized as winners in a contest that asked participants in the UK to submit the most inspiring pictures. A project by the CEWE Photoworld company and mental health charity Mind, the contest My Inspiring Moments aims to inspire people through photography.

Leanne Vennard's entry was named as the overall winner.

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