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They say a picture speaks a thousand words. Sometimes, they speak of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]]. This is the place for those pieces of art that happen to meet the requirements of being SugarWiki/AwesomeArt.

In other words, this trope is about the artistic appearance of a work that happens to be really great, detailed, beautiful, etc.

See the SubTrope SceneryPorn for really awesome ''background'' art. Compare SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome, which is limited to [[ShapedLikeItSelf visual effects]]. Those who've made AwesomeArt can sometimes be said to ''[[LiteralMetaphor literally]]'' be DoingItForTheArt, which is usually the case anyway.

Some of the works on the DeviantArtRecommendations page would belong here as well.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'': Just look at the whole movie.
* Any works by Creator/StudioGhibli. The character art, mechanical design, backgrounds and musical score are always of a level of excellence that shames most animation companies.
** Creator/StudioGainax, Creator/TMSEntertainment and Creator/StudioBONES as well.
*** Special mention for Gainax should go to ''The End of Evangelion'''s animation (especially during [[spoiler: Instrumentality]]), which makes even the best battles in the original series look like crap in comparison.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' has some [[http://i.imgur.com/MC5EL.jpg utterly]] ''[[http://i45.tinypic.com/e7mip5.jpg gorgeous.]]'' [[http://www.madman.com.au/wallpapers/black_butler_(kuroshitsuj_526_1680.jpg art]]. [[note]]At least, before the manga started degenerating.[[/note]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' counts for this in its entirety. ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' from the same studio/author.
* The ''[[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Hellsing Ultimate]]'' [=OVA=]s are impeccable in terms of quality and animation.
** The manga is no slouch either. While the first three volumes are rather average, the last seven volumes are almost impeccable. Say what you want about Hirano being a lazy artist, you can't deny that he takes pride in his art.
* ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'' combines great character design with beautifully detailed backgrounds.
* Inariya Fusanosuke's art is consistently beautiful, detailed, and well-composed in her manga, especially ''Manga/MaidenRose''. The only thing one could complain about is she doesn't do enough [[http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/manga/1/26474l.jpg in colour]].
* ''Anime/{{Karas}}'' is outstanding in this regard.
* MakotoShinkai's works. [[http://www.titanicfilmfest.hu/2009/php_images/images_s3/masodpercenkent.jpg Just]] [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_TLYCdoBUalI/TA1HY3vshUI/AAAAAAAAVDM/_VhTL2C2MkE/s1600/5+Centimeters+Per+Second.jpg Look]] [[http://anime.prototype27.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/beyondclouds1.jpg At]] [[http://nenuno.co.uk/creative/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/makoto-shinkai-1.jpg This]]!
* '''''Anime/RedLine''''' takes this trope, drives it UpToEleven, bangs its brains out, and then it goes ''beyond even that''.
** R-R-R-R-RED [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t26m_Q6ENo LINE]]
** And on that note, the character designer went on to work on ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine''. The fandom agrees that it's probably the best-looking ''Lupin III'' anime, ''[[LongRunner ever]]''.
* Although Creator/NaokiUrasawa's characters are fairly simple, his backgrounds, action sequences, and composition are beyond amazing. Just look at the [[ShiningCity Shining Cities]] of ''Manga/{{Pluto}}'', the GiantRobot sequences of ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'', and the ridiculously accurate {{Real Place Background}}s of ''Manga/{{Monster}}''. [[ItGetsBetter Just to start with.]]
* ''Manga/OyasumiPunpun''
* KyotoAnimation. Especially their backgrounds and landscapes.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''. It's incredible to think that Oda comes up with [[http://images.wikia.com/onepiece/images/e/e6/Chapter_676.png these sorts of illustrations]], often on a weekly basis.
* The Anime/{{Pokemon}} battles from Masaaki Iwane's animation team tend to be the best in the series.
** While the [[Film/{{Pokemon}} movies]] always have better animation than the TV series, there are some, such as ''[[Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew Lucario and the Mystery of Mew]]'' and ''[[Anime/PokemonGiratinaAndTheSkyWarrior Giratina and the Sky Warrior]]'', that really stand out.
* '''''Literature/KaraNoKyoukai'''''. Just look at the page image on MagicalEye. Everything else is just like that or better.
* The ''Manga/WanderingSon'' anime looks like a high-quality anime movie, full of SceneryPorn and beautiful character designs. The manga isn't anything to laugh at either, especially when it comes to the character designs.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. There is so much gorgeous, beautiful detail put into every scene, from epic battles, to love scenes, characters,and facial expressions.
* ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'': Stylized and more colourful than a circus, but [[http://www.gamerinjapan.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/mononoke.jpg detailed]] and [[http://jamiewords.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/mononoke01.jpg?w=450&h=300 gorgeous]].
* ''Anime/MouryouNoHako'': Beautiful colours, [[SceneryPorn gorgeous panoramic vistas]], skilful, fluid animation courtesy of Creator/{{Madhouse}} and lovely character designs by the renowned Creator/{{CLAMP}}.
** Hell, CLAMP itself qualifies, especially its shoujo series.
* ''Manga/{{Amatsuki}}'': Not only are the inked drawings detailed, fluid, and just [[http://37.media.tumblr.com/13843084ba553ba008d4b1e5829bb660/tumblr_mliocdRhtg1rybbcgo1_1280.jpg lovely to look at]], but every coloured piece of art is a veritable feast for the eyes.
* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'': The character designs, clothes, buildings, natural and artificial scenery, jewellery and ''machinery''.
* ''Manga/UragiriWaBokuNoNamaeWoShitteiru'': Both the manga and the anime have ''gorgeous'' artwork; characters, backgrounds, clothes, accessories, buildings, demons, summoned weapons -- everything is stylized and elaborate, and really goes above and beyond the GenericCuteness seen in most shoujo manga/anime.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODrX0Jf4oNw The]] {{OVA}}s of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. It's certainly a vast improvement over the game's graphics, which weren't that bad.
* ''Anime/WolfsRain'' has probably some of the best animation of wolves you'll find in anime.
* ''Anime/TurnAGundam''. The last Gundam series to use hand-drawn animation and [[http://julalien.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/29447_turna2_122_902lo.jpg it is spectacularly beautiful]].
* ''Anime/HeatGuyJ''.
* While ''Manga/DeathNote'' maintains high quality artwork throughout, [[AnimationBump Episode]] [[WhamEpisode 25]] takes this to a whole other level, and is a genuine work of art. Some of the highlights are the opening, Misa's song and her scene in her bedroom, L and Light's conversation on the rooftop, and, of course, [[spoiler: L's death]].
* Almost anything from Creator/{{Madhouse}}, such as the above mentioned anime adaptation of ''Manga/DeathNote'' and the animated versions of ''Anime/{{Metropolis}}'', ''{{Paprika}}'', and ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''.
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts''. While this [[OffModel doesn't apply that well]] to the anime, [[http://www.zerochan.net/691528 it]] [[http://www.zerochan.net/1198572 certainly]] [[http://www.zerochan.net/883877 does]] in the manga.
* One of the only things fans of ''Manga/AirGear'' can agree on is that the artwork is fantastic. The character designs started off weak and somewhat inconsistent, but they were cleared up by the tenth volume, and the backgrounds and technology in the series are always drawn superbly.
* ''{{Anime/K}}'' is full of this. The animation is so beautiful and fluid, it's hard to believe it's a TV series. Special mention goes to the skateboarding scene in the first episode.
* ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld''. From looking at the beauty of the background art and the fluid motions of the characters, it's easy to confuse the TV series as a Creator/HayaoMiyazaki film. There might be some DerangedAnimation and OffModel in Episode 5 and 10, but even then [[ItMakesSenseInContext it's purposeful]] and unique.
* [[Manga/RosarioToVampire Akihisa Ikeda's]] artwork. Every character has a distinct look and the monster designs range from awesome to creepy to nightmare inducing. His men are true bishounen, his children adorable, and he can draw some beautiful women that usually do not need to be busty to be gorgeous. [[ArtEvolution While his early work was rough, over time it has gotten so beautiful]] it's shocking that this guy doesn't have a manga equivalent of an Eisner.
* Everything by Creator/PAWorks. From ''Anime/TrueTears'', ''Anime/{{Canaan}}'', ''Anime/HanasakuIroha'', ''Anime/AngelBeats'', ''Literature/{{Another}}'', to ''Anime/TariTari'', all their anime are full with [[AnimationBump gorgeously beautiful detailed art]] and SceneryPorn. Their new anime [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAc9KKUMTAc trailer]], ''Anime/NagiNoAsukara'' shows us that they are master of this trope.
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}''. The amount of detail Mitsutoshi Shimabakuro puts into the [[http://images.wikia.com/toriko/images/3/3f/Toriko_preparing_for_Double_Kugi_Punch.jpg characters]], [[http://images.wikia.com/toriko/images/8/8c/Gaoh.PNG animals]] and [[http://images.wikia.com/toriko/images/e/e8/TEMPLE.JPG environments]] is staggering.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' and pretty much every other manga drawn by Yusuke Murata, especially ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan''.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. Seriously, [[HirohikoAraki Araki]] has come a long way as an artist.
* Takahashi Tsutomu (author of ''Skyhigh'', ''Jiraishin'', and Sidooh) is an extremely skilled draftsman with a very distinct, sketchy style of inking that's [[http://i4.minus.com/iEHah5E6F15y7.jpg gorgeous to look at]]. While he does have a bit of an OnlySixFaces problem at times with the more attractive characters, he averts it pretty much everyone else, firmly placing them in CastofSnowflakes territory. He has a knack for drawing vivid and powerful facial expressions, [[http://i3.minus.com/ibwZJ8M2AjOAtn.jpg a lot of which will scare you]].
* The ''Anime/{{Genocyber}}'' OVA's use some incredibly slick animation and the sheer amount of detail maintained in it's {{Gorn}} and LudicrousGibs is truly staggering. They basically turn bloodbath's into an artform.
* ''Manga/DragonBall''. The art itself was consistently awesome and ''way'' ahead of it's time but the recently released full color version of the manga is proof the Akira Toriyama's art is like red wine: it gets better with age. From the [[http://static1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131217070440/dragonball/images/2/22/230_02.png famous battles]], [[http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130330105125/dragonball/images/f/fa/DBFCCh317%28VJump%29.jpg famous transformations]], [[http://static1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131213055132/dragonball/images/e/e0/DBFCM_324.jpg famous scenery]] and [[http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131214113641/dragonball/images/a/af/DBFCM_519.jpg just awesome]] [[http://static3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130418185123/dragonball/images/2/2f/DBZMangaChapter323.png art in]] [[http://static3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130204192209/dragonball/images/e/e3/Ch14P1.png general]], you really wouldn't think this manga is more than twenty years old.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', has really stepped up the art for the latter chapters. The end of Chapter 669 [[http://mangadoom.com/Naruto/669/21/ showing off how detailed]] Kishi can make the art. Chapter 671 is made of this, with the [[http://mangadoom.com/Naruto/671/4/ color pages]] being downright artistic, and then Kishi keeps the train going with a [[http://mangadoom.com/Naruto/671/19/ two page spread]] looking like an old style Japanese ink painting.
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[[folder:Art]]
* Every and anything that was ever made by LeonardoDaVinci.
* The artworks of Creator/MCEscher, specifically "Relativity", is so awesome it has been recreated in numerous works of fiction. Just look at the details and enjoy the MindScrew of it.
** One of Escher's inspirations was the decoration of the Islamic palaces in Spain, which are quite awesome on their own.
* Edward Hopper has made some delightfully calm pieces that evoke loneliness, [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_NqaOAbjyRQc/TSYqlGbZkEI/AAAAAAAAAVc/T1IeTpFN6n8/s1600/Hopper_Nighthawks.jpg Nighthawks]] and [[http://lh3.ggpht.com/-E7aN1liH5Us/SXKGxHvcgSI/AAAAAAAByKY/v4sfrdas70U/Hopper%25252C%252520Automat%2525201927.jpg Automat]] come to mind.
* In no particular order: Vincent van Gogh, Hokusai, Albrecht Durer, Hieronymus Bosch, Michaelangelo, Mary Cassatt, Ansel Adams, Renoir, Monet, Manet, Degas, Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, Alfonse Mucha, Ralph Steadman, Francisco Goya, Salvador Dali, Piet Mondrian, Grant Wood, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Jacques-Louis David, [[Series/TheJoyOfPainting Bob Ross]], The Bass-Reliefs of Ankor Wat, The Bayeux Tapestry, The Book of Kells, Cave Art at Chauvet, any kid with a crayon.
* Do a Google image search for a Mr. Drew Struzan. Be awed.
* Sandro Botticelli. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_works_by_Sandro_Botticelli See the list of his works with cute little images of his magnificent paintings.]] Special mention goes to "The Birth of Venus", "Primavera", "Venus and Mars" and "Pallas and the Centaur".
* Amedeo Modigliani. His women and their long necks, their sad eyes, their eerie beauty.
* HR Giger. This is the man who created the conceptual art for the "Alien" movie, which means we have him to thank for the Xenomorph. Nuff said.
* Zdenek Burian's art is all-round great, but he's most well known for his paleontology pieces. Sure, his dinosaurs and some other creatures are laughably outdated by scientific standards, but his art itself, his iconic compositions and grand sceneries have burned into the retinas of an entire generation of dino-nuts, and he's often said to have been one of the most influential paleo-artists of the mid-20th century. [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/timetravelnow/sets/72157626014578047/page1/ Here]] [[http://zburian.blogspot.com/ are some]] decent-sized sets of his works.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}''. Beautifully stylized characters exploring unbelievably atmospheric settings, with as much attention payed to a flower sprouting out of crumbling stonework as to a nine-foot-tall armored demon with horns for eyes.
* [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Two words]]: [[http://boltcity.com/ Kazu Kibuishi]]. (A few more words: creator of ''ComicBook/{{Amulet}}'' and ''Copper''.)
* ''Gaspard de la nuit'' is an incredibly obscure french four-comic-books story. The quality of plot and such is about average, but the art... [[http://images.ya-too.com/art/atc/atc-dmj-gn1.jpg Oh god, the art.]]
* GeofDarrow. Everything he has ever done. EVER.
* ''ElfQuest'', especially in its earliest 20-part incarnation as drawn by Wendy Pini. It helped that the schedule in those days was one 32-page black and white issue every FOUR months. (The quality does slip a bit in the middle, but picks right back up again by issue #12.)
** The "remastered" DC Comics compilations of the above, now on the website, constitute awesome digital coloring.
* The Archie ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' series has some pretty epic art in the earlier stories, and even now has a decent amount.
* The Franco-Belgian comic ''Les Cités obscures'' drawn by François Schuiten (who did constantly amazing work and not enough of it). [[http://philatelia.ru/pict/cat6/dir1/414ru.jpg Some]] [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__t3eGKRVLYU/TDigvfaiPDI/AAAAAAAAAvU/YlT3q8aSG6c/s1600/les_cites_obscures.jpg examples]].
* JackKirby. Probably the most influential comic artist of all time. And for good reason. He could draw exciting action scenes, design incredibly unique characters and machinery, express emotions through body language alone. There's a reason StanLee called him "The King".
* AlexRoss. That is all.
** Same goes for Gabriele Dell'Otto, whose drawing style is also that of photorealistic paintings.
* DaveMcKean's work in ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'' is by far the most CreepyAwesome art in Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* SteveDitko. From the gritty streets of Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'s New York to the [[AcidTripDimension trippy landscapes]] of Comicbook/DoctorStrange... the man can draw.
* And over at [[DCComics DC]] in the [[SilverAge Silver]] and [[BronzeAge Bronze Ages]] we have [[{{Superman}} Curt Swan,]] [[GreenLantern Gil Kane,]] and [[SgtRock Joe Kubert.]]
* Yuko Shimizu's covert art for ''TheUnwritten'' is consistently the most beautiful thing on the stands. The most amazing part is that she manages adapt to a large variety of different styles to reflect the type of story the book is telling.
* Disney's counterpart to AlexRoss might well be CarlBarks, although in his case the "photorealistic painting" style only applies to his... well, ''actual'' paintings (the regular panels he did for comics are usually pretty standard).
** And before the Italian ''Topolino'' [[ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse (Mickey Mouse)]] weekly comic established an internal, unified standard for digital coloring, the go-to artist for "DoingItForTheArt" used to be Giulio Chierchini. For the sake of comparison, [[http://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=I+TL+2932-5 here's a digitally-colored 2012 story]] and [[http://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=I+TL+1811-C here's his actual signature style from 1990.]] [[http://coa.inducks.org/creator.php?c=GCh&showScans=1 Also, see some artwork of his.]] [[{{HSQ}} Notice any difference?]]
* James Jean's cover art for ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' was striking, emotive and haunting, that series artist Mark Buckingham would incorporate some images into the interiors. He also won 6 consecutive Eisner Awards for Best Cover Artist, the most of any artist so far.
* ''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws'': Say what you will about the story, you'll keep coming back for the pretty pictures. And while Rocafort eventually left the book for ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'', new artist Timothy Green II is no slouch himself.
* ''[[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000AD]]'' has had some pretty impressive artists:
** Brian Bolland's work from the early-mid 1980s could be mistaken for something that was drawn today.
** Colin Macniel, especially when he paints: ''[[http://www.2000adonline.com/application/media/news/full/152.jpg His art for]] [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd ''America'']] is just one example.
* Juango Guarnido's {{Blacksad}}. For [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/667e64f4bddba51d14616fce5e82c0de/tumblr_mivgtnA7k51qlwb72o2_1280.jpg example]]
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
* Many of Creator/JamesCameron's works, especially ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' and ''Film/{{Titanic}}'' have qualified as this.
* Just about any TerrenceMalick film qualifies, particularly ''The New World'' and his new film ''The Tree Of Life''.
* The ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films have some of the most incredible monster designs ever ranging from the beautiful Film/{{Mothra}} to the horrifyingly evil-looking Destroyah.
** Just the sets used for the films use an incredible amount of detail and look absolutely stunning. It's almost a shame they end up being destroyed in practically every film.
** The posters for the films as well. Just [[http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a114/gbutler007/Godzilla/65a4.jpg take a]] [[http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af353/kennmac/vintage%20movie%20posters/godzilla_poster.jpg look at]] [[http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w191/FodderForce/zilla85.jpg a few.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheGuardiansTheOwlsOfGaHoole''. Full Stop. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebZUQZZEo0E&t=0m33s This is just plan breathtaking,]] and the music they choose for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsUzVTynXsQ this scene just underscores]] how awesome and beautiful it is. Pretty much the entire movie is this trope.
* Creator/{{Pixar}}. All of their movies have ''gorgeous'' art. From [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory toys that can make you cry]] to [[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo expansive underwater landscapes]] to [[WesternAnimation/WallE beautiful shots of a landfilled earth and space]], every last one of their movies have frakking awesome art. Though, the first ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' has become a victim to SeinfeldIsUnfunny.
* DisneyAnimatedCanon. People think AllAnimationIsDisney for a reason.
** ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' and its sequel (yes there is one) deserve a mention.
** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' is another great example, especially during the song sequences and the ending with the Giant Ursula and Ariel's wedding sequence.
*** If you've seen any of the "making of" documentaries about the production of this and other films from the Disney Renaissance period, you know how much love and dedication was put into these films. The scenes of Howard Ashman and Jodi Benson working together from Film/WakingSleepingBeauty reveal enough artistic dedication to make a [[ManlyTears man weep]].
** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' to the point that it contributed to it being nominated for Best Picture Of The Year when it first came out.
** The ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Especially the opening sequence and the wildebeest stampede.
** ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' features Disney's most complex character (at the time, anyway). Complex not just because of surface detail but because Tarzan was rendered with as much anatomical accuracy was possible. Tarzan moves like a gorilla and pulls off spectacular acrobatics and his muscles still flex and move believably. Not to mention the groundbreaking use of CGI for backgrounds that beautifully blended 3D movement with a classic hand painted look.
** ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' although no hand drawn, proves how much CGI has evolved and grown since the early Pixar era. Just [[http://images4.alphacoders.com/109/thumbbig-109714.jpg look]] [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_liup2viT671qgko10o1_500.jpg at]] [[http://www.disnology.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Tangled-The-Snuggly-Duckling.jpg it]]. The character, hair and fabric animation is also quite awesome too and the lantern sequence is breathtaking.
** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' has a very similar art style to ''Tangled,'' but takes place in a region with a snow and ice theme, and is just as gorgeous as ''Tangled,'' if not more so.
* ''Creator/{{Dreamworks}}'' has some wonderful art in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt''.
** Also in the ''{{WesternAnimation/Shrek}}'' movies.
** As well as in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', and its television series, ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk''. Just check the [[spoiler: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMTxe_FbKMU final battle with the Green Death]] ]], which seems to have received an AnimationBump from the already high quality in production of the rest of the film.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler''.
* ''TheSecretOfKells'' is breathtakingly beautiful. Watching this movie is like watching a living tapestry. When you finally get to see a page of the book of Kells itself, the gorgeousness will ''make you cry''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron'' shows the wild west in all its beauty.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIllusionist'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville''. Naturally, by the same people.
* ''MrBugGoesToTown''. Some of the backgrounds almost look real!
* ''TheLandBeforeTime'' features beautifully evocative background art.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In its heyday in the 60s and 70s, British strip ''ComicStrip/ThePerishers'' had such beautifully-detailed artwork by Dennis Collins that you wondered how he ever kept up the standard on more than 300 strips per year. 60s ''Perishers'' strips are currently re-running in the ''Daily Mirror'', though the continuity is a bit wobbly at present.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''.
* Any cartoon strip drawn by KenReid.
* ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo''.
* ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat''.
* [[http://www.s1ngle.nl S1ngle]] (Netherlands) is not a particularly deep strip, but the line art is absolutely amazing - very minimalistic and calligraphic.
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}''. Mort Drucker and Tom Richmond are some of the greatest caricaturists of all time, and special mention goes to Al Jaffee and his magnificent[[CrowningMomentOfFunny (ly hilarious) ]] Fold-in.
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[[folder:Manhwa]]
* Have to say ''TheBrideOfTheWaterGod'' contains some of the most beautiful illustrations ever seen in a manhwa. [[http://i-d.animepaper.net/thumbnails/preview/98671/1/%5Banimepaper.net%5Dpicture-standard-anime-bride-of-the-water-god-soah-98671-august199-preview-d56d6b9c.jpg Here]] [[http://i-a.animepaper.net/thumbnails/preview/119846/1/%5Banimepaper.net%5Dpicture-standard-anime-bride-of-the-water-god-habaek-119846-tamistar-preview-62922128.jpg are]] [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PO5bHJ9HFcA/TaKcZ3og6DI/AAAAAAAABNA/lAo5mqQqR_o/s1600/manhwa09.JPG some]] [[http://img.mangastream.to/manga/bride-of-the-water-god/056/Bride%20of%20the%20Water%20God%20v08%20c56%20-%2001.jpg examples]].
* ''Webcomic/NineteenTwentyOne'' is beautiful.
* ''Webcomic/SongOfTheCloud''
* ''Webcomic/KissWood'' - A webcomic off Naver. Despite the name, it's actually about an old man who gets trapped in a lush forest dreamworld after his house is burned down. The art is, in a word, mindblowing.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' franchise has some awesome concept... art, speed-paint unique thing. It just has something, something that you just can't quite deduce on how it's done or what it is to it.
** Yoji Shinkawa's art is instantly recognizable because his ukiyo-e-esque style. His work is ''very'' stylized and abstract, yet his work is still technically accurate. When you see his work, you know it's Metal Gear, usually. Some of the most gorgeous cover art you'll see out there.
* Creator/RetroStudios of ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' fame have gained prestige for this. And they have unlockable concept art in every game they have released, for players to enjoy.
* The ''SonicTheHedgehog'' franchise in general has nice artwork, so much that some games, like ''[[CompilationRerelease Sonic Classic Collection]]'' as well as ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' for the NintendoDS have a proper "Gallery". This even carried over to the [[BaseBreaker base-breaking]] post-VideoGame/SonicAdventure era, as the distinctive style of said artwork is [[BuffySpeak Sonic-ish]] enough to be considered part of what made Sonic the character we know today. So much, in fact, an official website [[http://sonic.wikia.com/wiki/Sonic_Channel is mainly known for its official artwork.]]
* The ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' series combines this with SceneryPorn.
* The ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series starts out decently, [[SerialEscalation reached a new level in Melee, and reached an even higher level in Brawl]].
* While the character art from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is often debated, the background art from ''Mountain of Faith''is absolutely gorgeous, and the background art from ''Ten Desires'' is just well-animated all around.
* ''EternalSonata'' should be noted for its gorgeous background.
* ''LostOdyssey'' has amazing character design.
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' is known for its distinctive, beautiful style. To think, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen they were originally planning]] to make the game realistic. It's a good thing they didn't.
* ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins'' was praised for it's [[SceneryPorn beautifully detailed backgrounds]] and smooth character animations. Even people who haven't bought the game admit that it looks amazing. MichelAncel and co. went for a unique and striking look so as to stand out from other games on the market, and ''man'' did they succeed.
** ''VideoGame/RaymanLegends'' is looking to take this further by giving it a more painterly feel, and lighting the 2D characters with 3D lighting.
* WarioLand Shake It! was a 2D platformer...with hand-drawn, anime-style graphics and cinematics by ProductionIG.
** Going back even further than that: Wario Land 4. The sprites are amazingly well put together to the point where Wario looks like he's actually moving. You wouldn't believe that it's sprite-based at all. And what platform did it come out for? GameBoyAdvance. Yup.
* Anything by Vanillaware (examples: ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' and ''MuramasaTheDemonBlade'') is hardcore scenery porn. It's like playing a moving painting.
** Considering pretty much all the visual games are hand painted, they certainly fall under this.
* Even [[HGame Eroges]] and [[VisualNovel Visual Novels]] aren't immune to this. Just look at EfAFairyTaleOfTheTwo's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGnJdvt0dcQ OP]]. Justified that the OP's directed by [[MakotoShinkai Makoto]] [[SceneryPorn Shinkai]]
* Ayami Kojima's official art for ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''... well, what can we say? For two specific examples, see the page images for ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Symphony of the Night]]'' and the ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Sorrow]]'' duology.
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' has plenty of awesome concept art and well done character models and animation, and truly pushes the limits of the Unreal Engine's graphics capabilities, to boot.
* '''''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'''''. The areas are of a very grand scale yet finely detailed, and each has a well-defined ecosystem and weather effects. They must be seen to be believed.
* ''{{Albion}}'' has some amazing graphics for a sprite based game.
* Say what you want about ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', but it still has breathtaking backgrounds and character designs. [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb57088/finalfantasy/images/c/c2/FFXIII_crystal_lake.jpg Lake Bresha, for an example]].
* When you think of the earlier ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games, Amano's work will usually come to mind. They're breath-takingly beautiful, you'll forget they're video game art.
* Pick a ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' game. '''Any''' ''Kirby'' game. Chances are, if you're playing one with SNES-style graphics, looking at the [[SceneryPorn painting-style backgrounds]] ''[[http://spriters-resource.com/ds/kirbysqueaksquad/sheet/20509 will]]'' [[http://spriters-resource.com/ds/kirbysqueaksquad/sheet/20510 make]] [[http://spriters-resource.com/ds/kirbysqueaksquad/sheet/20511 you]] [[http://spriters-resource.com/ds/kirbysqueaksquad/sheet/20512 drop]] [[http://spriters-resource.com/ds/kirbysqueaksquad/sheet/20513 your]] [[http://spriters-resource.com/gameboy_advance/kirbynim/sheet/2973 jaw]] [[http://spriters-resource.com/gameboy_advance/kirbynim/sheet/2976 on]] [[http://spriters-resource.com/gameboy_advance/kirbynim/sheet/2975 the]] [[http://spriters-resource.com/gameboy_advance/kirbynim/sheet/2977 freaking]] [[http://spriters-resource.com/gameboy_advance/kirbynim/sheet/2978 floor.]] [[http://spriters-resource.com/gameboy_advance/kirbynim/sheet/2979 Wow.]] [[http://spriters-resource.com/gameboy_advance/kirbynim/sheet/2980 Just]] [[http://spriters-resource.com/gameboy_advance/kirbmirror/sheet/40118 wow.]] [- And the ones you've seen are just the most relevant ones, although some from ''VideoGame/KirbySqueakSquad'' are missing. The first five links are from ''Squeak Squad'', the following seven are from ''[[VideoGame/KirbysAdventure Nightmare In Dreamland]]'' and the final one showcases the backgrounds from ''KirbyAndTheAmazingMirror''. Alternatively, [[http://www.google.it/search?q=kirby+backgrounds+site%3Aspriters-resource.com&hl=it&gbv=2&rlz=1R2ACAW_it&um=1&tbm=isch&tab=wi&oq=kirby+backgrounds+site%3Aspriters-resource.com&gs_l=img.3...7438.14844.0.15156.35.31.4.0.0.0.250.4562.0j24j2.26.0...0.0...1c.1.tmFD6QmhYqU have fun with these search results.]] -]
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. Yeah, it's a 2D sprite game in an age of photo-realistic 3D, but don't be fooled: these aren't ordinary sprites. Each character's sprite set include ''1000'' frames, all meticulously made for high-definition. And don't ''get me started'' on the stage backgrounds... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGk7cSKK1iE Here's a gameplay sample]].
* Anything on the Gambryo engine used most notably by Bethesda from ''{{VideoGames/Morrowind}}'' on through the remaining [[Franchise/TheElderScrolls TES]] and into ''VideoGame/FallOut3''. Though the textures and models displayed can always be improved on (and usually are, quite significantly, by modders,) the engine itself has fantastic potential to provide breathtaking panoramas.
* Though, intention-wise, not seeking to be visually bombastic as other Nintendo games, ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' has shown several beautiful landscapes and exotic character designs over the years. Two well-known examples are ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', with the former using cel-shading visuals with realistic effects (like heat haze and motion blur) that are usually too difficult to program in a normal cel-shading game, and the latter showing an impressive realistic style with some cel-shading effects (such as the animations of the bomb explosions or the disappearance of the deceased enemies). It helps that both games were actually made with the same engine.
* ''DarkSouls'' shows amazing craftsmanship, with the artists at From Software being great at creating memorable and just downright awesome designs for monsters, armor, locales, etc. The concept art is breathtaking in how beautiful the paintings are, which just makes the amazing designs stand out even more.
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' has absolutely gorgeous hand-drawn artwork, done simply because [[DoingItForTheArt the dev team wanted to, even if it was more expensive than 3D models]]. The art style was based off 1930s ArtDeco and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. And while the art is great, the best part is the animation: the characters are better animated than many major releases that use full 3D models, with incredibly smooth animations (see, for example, [[http://i.imgur.com/Qydeo7t.gif Filia's run cycle]]) with a ''ridiculous'' amount of frames. In fact, ''Skullgirls'' holds the world record for most animation frames per character in a 2D fighting game.
* Any of the ''VideoGame/{{Mother}}'' Games. [[VideoGame/{{Mother1}} The first one]] didn't look very good for the most of it, being a NES game, but the battle sprites are very good looking. But ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' deserves a special mention.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''{{Brackenwood}}''
* ''DeadFantasy'', ''{{Haloid}}'' and ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' all feature the work of Creator/MontyOum, and all happen to be paragons of AwesomeAnimation. Monty proceeds to surpass himself with his latest series: WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}.
* [[http://rostoad.com Rosto and his series]] MindMyGap. A mixed medium "graphic novel".
* ''WebAnimation/NazoUnleashed'', which takes advantage of awesome animation to deliver a high {{HSQ}}.
* ''WebAnimation/SuperMarioBrosZ'' has ridiculously impressive battle scenes.
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* ''Webcomic/AvasDemon'': Every single page [[http://www.avasdemon.com/pages.php?page=0268 is]] [[http://www.avasdemon.com/pages.php?page=0125 colored]] [[http://www.avasdemon.com/pages.php?page=0131 beautifully]], with a sort of serene atmosphere that contrasts the tumultuous events.
* ''Webcomic/DaddyLongLegs'', which is fascinating because it's done entirely in MS Paint and with a limited palette.
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Chapter 29 Special has been praised for having a better art than the rest of the special chapters. It was drawn by a new artist on the team, and has made this special probably the best received so far. [[http://www.dragonball-multiverse.com/en/chapters.html?chapter=29 Here it is]]
* ''{{Dreamkeepers}}'' has this in spades along with a nice amount of SceneryPorn.
* ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'' has some [[http://dresdencodak.com/2009/09/07/the-sleepwalkers/ really]][[http://dresdencodak.com/2010/07/10/dark-science-03/ great art]].
* ''{{Drowtales}}''
* ''GoneWithTheBlastwave''
* While ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' started off as rather simplistic, it has gotten [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=1051 quite good]] over time.
* ''HannaIsNotABoysName''
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'''s guest art can be gorgeous.
** Homestuck's predecessor ProblemSleuth is just as gorgeous, especially the PlayableEpilogue.
* ''[[http://yuumei.deviantart.com/gallery/24250483#/d2hzam9/ Knite]]'' by deviantArt member Yuumei is an example of this.
* ''{{Lackadaisy}}'': Considering that the artwork is beyond professional, and the countless hours spent on [[http://lackadaisy.foxprints.com/characters.php penciling, toning and rendering]] each page, this is expected.
** ''Especially'' when [[http://www.lackadaisycats.com/characters.php in color.]]
* ''LasLindas''
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'''s art [[ArtEvolution is no great shakes to start off with]], but it gets better and better with every chapter.
* ''OffWhite'', once ArtEvolution started to take effect. [[http://off-white.eu/comic/page-202 Just]] [[http://off-white.eu/comic/page-192 look]] [[http://off-white.eu/comic/page-193 at]] [[http://off-white.eu/comic/prologue-page-1 these]] [[http://akreon.deviantart.com/art/off-white-pg-37-and-38-REDO-255338733?q=gallery%3Aakreon%2F4769272&qo=103 pages.]]
** [[http://off-white.eu/comic/page-45 Don't]] [[http://akreon.deviantart.com/art/off-white-pg-186-and-187-298959346?q=gallery%3Aoff-white-comic%2F24872379&qo=16 forget]] [[http://off-white-comic.deviantart.com/gallery/?set=24872379&offset=48#/d3dkzmo these.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'': The art is so full of movement and energy, you swear you're watching a show instead of reading a comic.
* ''Webcomic/PowerNap''. The lineart versions are added first, before updating to colour, and the strokes are confident.
* ''{{Webcomic/Sunstone}}''. This comic looks amazing and vibrant, with beautiful character designs.
* ''Webcomic/RomanticallyApocalyptic'': Awesome, even though it's photomanipulation (of which it is top-notch).
* ''TheAbominableCharlesChristopher''
* ''Webcomic/TheMeek''
* [[TheWormworldSaga The Wormworld]] [[http://www.wormworldsaga.com/ Saga]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'': Made even more awesome when you know it's updated about [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch07/ch07_30.html three times a week.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Zoophobia}}'': The fluidity and vibrant colours are [[http://www.zoophobiacomic.com/Zoophobia/?p=333 to die for]].
* ''WebComic/HeroOhHero'''s made completely of pixel art which was drawn from scratch in MS paint (aside from a few photoshop effects).
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* ''Creator/HannaBarbera''. Despite their LimitedAnimation, it's amazing how the studio can have beautiful character designs (thanks to Ed Benedict) and [[ColorContrast colorful]] backgrounds despite having a very low budget. [[http://http://johnkstuff.blogspot.tw/2007/11/hanna-barberas-missed-opportunities.html Ask John K.]] for more.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' is animated in Flash and boasts some absolutely breathtaking scenes. Just take a look at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2JrWJfdoqk the scene]] from the First episode. It's pretty much like that for the whole series.
* Most Western Animated whose animation was done by Tokyo Movie Shinsha (now know as Creator/TMSEntertainment)[=/=]Telecom Animation Film (Just brush most the animation of ''SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' under the rug). Bonus points if it's from their A unit (being led by ToshihikoMasuda, NobuoTomizawa, Kenji Hachizaki, Kazuhide Tomonaga and Hiroyuki Aoyama).
* Creator/SpectrumAnimation's work is so awesome that the creators of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' gave them a round of applause on the "Heart of Ice" commentary, and how the studio [[DoingItForTheArt nearly went bankrupt]] ''just for that episode''. Bruce Timm mentioned that Spectrum's staff in particular, who [[TheDeterminator took it upon themselves to personally airbrush the slight "frosting" inside Mr. Freeze's helmet, and make sure it was consistent throughout.]]
* ''TheRenAndStimpyShow''. Finally after a long mainstream absence since the 1950's (Besides the stuff Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}} was animating) does a piece of animation made for TV reclaim the same artistic wild Bob Clampett-style or Creator/TexAvery-inspired flair grace the screen, not to mention the return of storyboard-driven art, and subtle-yet-exaggerated acting and John K's strict policy of hyphenated, complex character expressions, color theory and general rule of never drawing the same expression twice. Or at least in the better produced episodes like "Stimpy's Invention", "Bighouse Blues" and "Sven Hoek", anyway. At times hit-and-miss, but especially in that highly valued second season. Never anything quite like it since the old Warner shorts (and the stuff TMS animated), and certainly nothing quite like it ever again (unless TMS starts opening up animation services for more Western Animated productions besides ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternFirstFlight''). Which not even its own pale imitation in Seasons 3, 4, and 5 could match, or Adult Party Cartoon and every [[TheRippingFriends other thing]] Creator/JohnKricfalusi has ever done, before or since.
* ''ReBoot'' considering that it was one of the first (and arguably the best) shows completely rendered in 3D. The amazing thing about this show is while it may look pretty tame by today's standards, it was created in the early 90's when they only had Windows 3.1 the first version of Windows to work with, and still maintained a high level of quality [[ArtEvolution which only increased substantially in later seasons.]]
** And then we have arguably the most popular work Mainframe ever made, ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. It was made with the same tech, and actually won an Emmy and revived ''{{Transformers}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' which starts out strong enough already, [[ArtEvolution increases in both art quality]] [[AnimationBump and animation quality]] [[SerialEscalation every season]], which hits unbelievable levels in season three, especially during Aang and Ozai's final battle.
* Its spinoff, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', increases the quality even further, partly due to a switch to HD.
** And much more realistic anatomy, and a different studio.
* ''TheBoondocks''. Taken up to obscene levels in season three, where they hired an actual Japanese studio to animate it. There was a reason why it was nominated as the one of the best American cartoons after one season.
** Both the strip and the cartoon, the cartoon of which is based on ''SamuraiChamploo''.
* ''SamuraiJack'' which has incredibly fluid animation.
* ''SymBionicTitan'' which managed to combine a flat Flash animation style with 3D elements and make it look absolutely beautiful.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' uses an older version of Flash animation to create a wonderful and detailed world with great backgrounds and colorful character designs in what can only be describes as a massive SugarBowl of awesomeness.
** [[ArtEvolution This is only further improved in Season 2]], [[AnimationBump along with a boost in the quality of animation.]]
*** The [[http://www.blogcdn.com/www.comicsalliance.com/media/2011/04/finalsweetappleacres.jpg backgrounds]] are [[http://cdn.planetminecraft.com/files/resource_media/screenshot/1208/Canterlot_1528158.jpg gorgeous]].
** And it looks like they're improving [[SerialEscalation even more]] for season 3. Feast your eyes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LQk-DaZSzU here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LkJ3_nVq8s&feature=relmfu here]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' title cards look like high-price paintings.
* The whole Franchise/{{DCAU}}, fondly remembered for bringing many young viewers into DCComics, is also fondly remembered for its awesome art and animation. In particular, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had a revolutionary background art style produced by drawing light colors on black paper, making the backgrounds as dark as possible. ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague (Unlimited)'' also had beautiful detailed backgrounds, in particular the cityscapes.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'' combines intricate urban background art with amazingly unique character designs and breathtakingly fluid animation[[note]] Which becomes more impressive when you discover that it was done in [[FlashAnimation Flash]][[/note]]. And whenever Mike takes out his [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon dual-sided zippo lighter chainsaw staff]], you can be sure that you're about to watch an incredibly animated fight scene.
* The Fleischer WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons (which had an influence on the aforementioned Franchise/{{DCAU}}) had lavishly painted backgrounds as well as amazing use of {{Rotoscoping}} that didn't look creepy. It holds up well even with Disney's creations.
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM''. Even though it was very much an InNameOnly adaptation of Sonic, it was good in its own right, and one of the reasons why was that the backgrounds were lush and detailed, and the animation was very fluid.
* While ''Beast Wars'' (mentioned above), revived the franchise and gave it their first Emmy. ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', released almost 20 years later, looks stunning for televised CG. While it's telling when the quality just keeps improving in every season (let alone every episode). The fact that it won four Emmys (all of them around the animation) should also say something.
** Before ''Prime'', there was ''BeastMachines''. Now say what you will about most of the other aspects. There is no denying the animation looks just as good (if not better) as season three of its predecessor.
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