Hands are strange, as we're reminded in these touchy-feely drawings of human appendages paired with plants by San Francisco-based scientific illustrator Noel Badges Pugh. With a degree in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and a master's in Illustration from UC Santa Cruz, lately he's turned his attention away from diagrams of bees and colorfully-rendered flowers to rippling reproductions of the human form.
Pugh captures the, "Woah, look at my hands," weirdness that palms, knuckles, and phalanges often inspire after a large bong rip. In a series posted to Instagram over the last two months, he pairs them with soft flora for a synesthetic effect. Your fingertips tingle when they see their watercolor counterparts brush a flower petal or the tip of a thorn. Occasionally Pugh dips into full-on surrealsim, drawing digits that drip like raindrops or adding eyes to fern leaves. In his bio he calls it "artwork with a more psychedelic perspective, citing nature and dreams as his primary inspiration. "All's created with an utmost appreciation for the details and structure of each subject," he adds.
We're taking another hit at watching his Instagram with anticipation to see how far down the rabbit hole he goes. In the meantime, check out his anotomically-detailed hands in the Instagrams below.