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Bruce Lee in the Style of Toon Link

Bruce Lee in the Style of Toon Link

Bruce Lee, my all time hero. Toon Link (from The Legend of Zelda), one of my favourite game characters. Needless to say, I had a blast creating this one. So much so, that I’ll be getting this printed, maybe on canvas.

There’s something about the Toon Link style that really appeals to me. The simplicity, bold colours and thick stylistic outlines just work together brilliantly.

This is my favourite ‘In the Style of’ to date!

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Spawn in the Style of Hey Arnold

Spawn in the Style of Hey Arnold

This was fun to create, but I don’t know if I’ve been successful in creating Spawn in the style of Hey Arnold. If I removed this character design from the scene and put him somewhere else, I’m not sure I’d be able to identify which style he’d been drawn in. That being said, in context I think he fits, so maybe I’m being too critical.

I could have given Spawn a football head, but this would have been cheating. This would have been Hey Arnold dressed up as Spawn and that isn’t the point of this series. The question I’m asking myself is, if this person or character was dropped into this other world, what would they look like?

Full disclaimer: I drew the Spawn character only in this image. Hey Arnold and the background are not my work. If I find the artist I’ll edit this post and give credit.

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Ace Ventura in the Style of Doug

Ace Ventura in the Style of Doug

This one was a request from my friend and colleague Mike. Usually in the digital process, Adobe Illustrator, all of my outlines are manually drawn, meaning, the thickness of the line, the tapered ends and the general unevenness of the line is traced from my original drawing, using paths, but not strokes.

With this character however, due to the thin and pretty even thickness of the outlines, I traced my original drawing by creating a path and adding a stroke, which gives it a consistent look and saved time.

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Audrey Hepburn in the Style of The Jetsons

Audrey Hepburn in the Style of The Jetsons

The Jetsons character style is very clean. The shapes are a contrast between sharp angles and curves and the colours are bold but flat with no shadows or highlights.

In the initial sketch I made the head too elongated, so the eyes, nose and mouth were too far apart vertically. This was corrected in the digital process. It just goes to show that simple doesn’t always mean easy!

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LeBron James in the Style Of Mario Bros.

LeBron James in the Style of Mario

Being a big Mario fan, this was a fun one for me to create. I think it could be improved in places, but overall I’m happy with how it turned out in the time I did it. I left my mouse at work, so I had the additional challenge of drawing this solely using the trackpad on my MacBook.

I drew the initial sketch on paper and final digital using the pen tool in Illustrator.

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Emily Blunt in the Style of The Simpsons

Emily Blunt in the Style of The Simpsons

The Simpsons are interesting characters to draw. A classic Simpsons character follows a consistent image, big round eyes, cheesy grin, four fingers and so on. However, when a cameo is introduced in the show, some of that formula gets thrown out. This is so they can make the character look like the person it’s supposed to be, otherwise I imagine it would be quite challenging!

I had a quick go turning Emily Blunt into a Simpsons character, simply because she was trending in the news at the time of drawing for winning a SAG Award for her role in ‘A Quiet Place’.

In the main I was pleased with how it turned out. Initially I had a bit of trouble on the shape of the head below the ear on the back of the neck. I managed to recover this in digital.

It was a fun little exercise that I encourage anyone to try!