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Super Cute Video Game Families

Andry “Shango” Rajoelina works as a designer in the animation industry and his series of Super Families portraits this time focuses on video game characters.

In the Paku Paku Family portrait, Mr. and Ms. Pac-Man are seen holding on tight to Junior just in case he gets nabbed by the ghosts again. You’re bound to recognize Nate Drake and Sully as the Family of Thieves, and Crash, Coco and Aku Aku strut their stuff in the Bandicoot Family photo. Check out these and more of the Rajoelina’s cute portraits of video game families after the jump.


You Won’t Believe It’s Bolígrafo

From first looks, it might seems that these images have been processed with the popular photo-bleaching app, Instagram. But would it surprise you to know that they are entirely hand-drawn?

Spanish artist Juan Francisco Casas uses the humble BIC clásico bolígrafo to create some risqué photorealistic portraits. Have a look at some of his ballpoint pen drawings after the jump.


Paint Splattered Superheroes

We’ve seen our share of superhero art be it re-imaginings of them as dinosaurs, Mr. Men, or even cats. In a similar theme to the work of Meggs, French web designer Arian Noveir creates more abstract portraits of famous superheroes. In his series of paint splattered portraits (not actual paint, they’re made on the computer), Noveir seems to bring out the chaos and turmoil within these characters.

Have a look at some of the images from Noveir’s Super Heroes: Painted series after the jump.

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Hollywood Actors as Russian Generals

The French invasion of Russia of 1812 didn’t quite go according to plan. Napoleon Bonaparte’s Grande Armée of 500,000 were whittled down to a meagre 27,000 in six months and their embarrassed leader beat a hasty retreat to Paris. The Emperor of Russia at the time, Alexander I, was no doubt pleased as punch to have won, and commissioned an Englishman named George Dawe painted 329 portraits of Russian generals who were instrumental in the victory against the French.

The person/people behind Replaceface use Dawe’s portrait paintings in a rather humourous way. They substitute the heads of the Russian military men with those of leading men of another kind — Hollywood actors. The older actors, gentleman such as Alan Rickman, Bill Murray, and Stephen Fry fit the part and look like they could have been generals. Robert Pattinson, on the other hand, looks like a bit of a dick.

Have a gander at some of the celebrity generals after the jump.


Hip Hop Heads

When it comes to illustrations, we’ve seen our fair share of comic book superheroes and popular characters from TV and film. In his ongoing project, UK-based illustraror Dale Edwin Murray puts hip hop on the centre stage as he creates portraits of some of the biggest names — past and present — in the rap business.

Check out 2Pac, Biggie, Snoope, Kanye, Flava Flav, and a few more of your favourite rappers in Murray’s Hip Hop Heads after the jump.

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Cartooned: Minimalist Cartoon Portraits by Ty Lettau

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.

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You Won’t Believe They’re 3D Portraits

Sometimes you should believe everything you read on the Internet. This is one of those times. David Moratilla Amago from Spain experiments with photo-realism in his series of 3D renderings. Using a combination of Photoshop, BodyPaint, and Maya, the artist creates amazing detailed close-up portraits, including the “fur” on the face of his pretty model and the veins in her sclera. Have a look at his 3D portraits after the jump.

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Iotacons: Wonderful Pixel Portraits by Andy Rash

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.

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Portraits of People Playing Video Games

London-born photographer Phillip Toledano loves taking emotive portraits. He has photographed phone sex operators who put on falsities to appease attention-starved callers and has captured how surgery is ushering in a new kind of beauty. And in a 2002 series entitled GAMERS, Toledano asked his subjects to play video games and captured the intensity where it can be most seen — on their faces. Toledano doesn’t mention what games the people were playing, but from some of the “FFFUUUUU!” looks, they’ve died one too many times in Ninja Gaiden. Have a look at some crazed gamefaces after the jump.

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Awesome Character Portraits by MISTERHIPP

Dan Hipp, or MISTERHIPP, is an American comic book artist and illustrator whose works have appeared in DC Comics, Dark Horse, and Tokyopop. Using a great selection of colours, gradients, and Hipp humour, he creates fantastic character portraits of popular heroes and villains from comic books and movies. Have a look at some of his amazing illustrations after the jump.