Raul Aguiar is a Brazilian illustrator who was commissioned to create a slice of Earth, complete with a slew of pop culture references, including a few video game ones. How many pop culture references can you find in this illustration, and how many of you know who Alex Kidd is? Comment and let us know!
The humble Lego brick is 55 years old. In 1958, Godtfred K. Christiansen bought the patent to the Lego brick and in the five decades that the company has been in operation, it has produced an estimated 400 billion blocks! To celebrate the anniversary, Lego teamed up with Canadian advertising agency Brad to create 55 minimalist posters that incorporate the Lego brick. The “Imagine a …” tagline gives a clue to the book, movie, or song that the poster refers to.
See if you can construct the answers to 10 of the Lego pop culture riddles. If you hit a brick wall, the answers can be found at the bottom of the post.
Game of Thrones has been showered with much praise and attention. Fans have remixed the opening theme tune, re-created the characters out of LEGO, and even compiled a video of only just the naughty bits.
The house sigils have been of particular interest as well, from the minimalist to the seriously cute. They are the inspiration for a new set of posters, this time if popular characters from comics books, TV, and film were part of the noble houses of Westeros.
Have a look at the sigils of House Wayne, House Skywalker, and House House after the jump.
In her series of 54 “pop reinterpretations”, illustrator Hillary White applies acrylic to canvas and re-imagines classic artworks to include characters from popular films, TV shows, cartoons, and comics.
White paints her reinterpretations in the same style as the old masters would have done and amusingly replaces James Whistler’s mother with a teenage mutant ninja turtle, inserts the hulking Voltron into a Monet, and has Big Bird explaining the musculature of Kermit’s arm to the Muppets in oil painting by Rembrandt.
See some of White’s creative pop culture mashups after the jump.
Being different can be a difficult thing, and one can often feel alone in the world. Chris Gerringer explores this in his cute little series that shows one pop culture character as they empathize with another because they share the same fault. Whether it be a Storm Trooper and a Koopa Troopa sharing a fist bump for being expendable or Harry Potter and Batman down in the dumps about being orphaned, the common feeling is I Know That Feel, Bro. See the images after the jump.
Scottish illustrator Matt Cowan explains the origin of some of your favourite characters be they from TV, film, or comic books. Cowan illustrates them in a minimalist way and uses simple arithmetic operations, such as subtracting an eye to create a series of blind super heroes, or adding a cricket bat and a shadowy pharmaceutical company to his Zombie Maths series.
Cowan’s pop culture math equations add up to awesome. See them after the jump.
Arrested Development was cancelled way before its time. Since the season finale in 2006, fans of the incredibly funny witty TV series have been praying for its return. At the recent New Yorker Festival, audiences broke out into rapturous applause when the series creator Mitch Hurwitz announced that the show (and movie!) would return to TV screens in 2013.
Overcome with happiness, illustrator Jon Defreest decided to pay homage to the show and a very special member of the Bluth family by creating a flavour of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Called I Just Blue Myself, the flavour celebrates the questionable sexuality of the family’s analyst and therapist (shortened to analrapist), Tobias Fünke.
Defreest has whipped up more ice cream flavours based on pop culture characters including Dexter, Ron Swanson, and The Dude. Have a look at those after the jump.
Ty Lettau, a designer from San Francisco, USA, has a penchant for minimalism and pop culture. His love for both genres is clearly seen in his cartooned Flickr set, where he draws popular characters from comics, TV, film, and games in a cartoon style. Currently, he has drawn a whopping 1,279 characters! Have a look at some of his cute minimalist cartoon portraits after the jump.
Andy Rash is a freelance illustrator from Brooklyn, NY and the man responsible for creating character portraits that are light on the details but are packed with WIN!
Rash calls them Iotacons and these low-res full-body portraits stand no more than 25 pixel tall. His series includes a deadly bride, a band of knights who say “Ni”, a pair of odd-ball Kiwi comedians, and even some characters from the bible. Check out some of these wonderful Iotacons after the jump.