Quick! Who would you most like to go on a road trip with? Batman? Okay.
They are now the characters of myth and legend, their stories so woven into our collective psyche that their histories seem more fact than fiction. Batman, Wolverine, Spiderman, they inspire us with their struggles, overcoming young lives unlike any other, and showing us the heroic way to deal with them. San Francisco-based graphic designer Khoa Ho is creating fantastic images in his Past/Present series, showing us these figures as their young selves being initiated into superhero status, and as they appear now, fully clothed in their disguise of choice. [Read more...]
Native American artist Jeffrey Veregge, a member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe who is also of Suquamish and Duwamish tribal ancestry, puts a modern twist on traditional art by creating this series of comic book heroes. Veregge grew up on a reservation near Kingston, Washington called Little Boston where he, like most boys, developed a love for superheroes and toys, but also for traditional art. Combining his passions for comic books, TV, and film with his artistic talents (an honors graduate from the Art Institute of Seattle) and Native perspective, Veregge’s minimalist designs perfectly represent each character. [Read more...]
Sometimes the stars of our favorite films aren’t just the kind walking on 2 legs… they’re often the ones with 4 wheels that act as the main focus of famous chase scenes. Take the iconic Batmobile for example. The famous “mobile” has made it through a number of renditions, from the sleek George Barris built custom from the early 60s to the big-wheeled Tumbler of today’s Christopher Nolan directed films. Each one has sparked the imagination of viewers worldwide, inspiring some to create artistic tributes to their iconic forms. Turkish photographer Cihan Ünalan is that kind of fan, and he’s currently making a series of images paying tribute to famous movie cars and “mobiles,” giving us a refined look at their fantastic designs. [Read more...]
If you’ve ever dreamt of having a superhero for a parent, then you will love this new series by Andry Rajoelina. The Paris-based animator has made this endearing series called Justice Families featuring your favorite comic book superheroes walking- or floating- their little sidekicks around. Rajoelina first fell in love with action heroes when his father took him to the cinema to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in 1990. He happily drew turtles with bandanas and over time, dramatically improved his illustration skills. [Read more...]
Sometimes in life, all it takes is removing one key ingredient to change the message… in fact, it sometimes completely reverses the original meaning. That’s the case in these great movie still remixes from the blog Thumbs and Ammo, where we are given a collection of shoot’em up moments with one element removed: the guns. Suddenly tough guys like Al Pacino’s Tony Montana in Scarface don’t look so tough… he’s just enthusiastically giving a thumbs-up. [Read more...]
No matter what you’re going through, there’s always someone out there who has been there before. For every pop culture icon with a problem, Chris Gerringer finds the perfect friend for them to lean on. The series, called I Know That Feel, Bro, shows us that even superheroes have bad days, but you’re never alone. If Beaker gets sad that he’s the only unintelligible Muppet, he can hug it out with Chewbacca, for he really does “know that feel, bro.” Maybe if Kermit the Frog had befriended The Incredible Hulk sooner, the classic song “It’s Not Easy Being Green” would have been a duet. Check out more illustrations by Chris Gerringer on DeviantART.
While some might cry sacrilege at the butchering of precious records, Tamás Kánya of Hungary has transformed the vinyl into silhouettes that are pretty flippin’ awesome. From Batman to Michael Jackson to Star Wars, Kánya’s vinyl figures seem to be emerging from each record on the striking yellow background. The artist is very handy with sharp tools and recycled materials; he has also created some incredible miniature airplanes out of beer cans. See more of the vinyl silhouettes and his other creations on Kánya’s deviantART and Flickr pages.
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We all know what Batman looks like when he’s fighting villains and saving Gotham City, but what about on an ordinary day? Artist Sarah Johnson offers some suggestions with her hilarious GIFs of Batman doing mundane tasks like scooping up kitty droppings, eating breakfast, and using the men’s room. Her inspiration to pursue illustration came from her adoration for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at age 11 and she has been doing it ever since, receiving a degree in Animation & Film from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2009. See the entire hilarious collection on Sarah J’s Ordinary Batman Tumblr and why not check out some of her other fun animations while you’re at it? [Read more...]