This painting is based off of Madame Le Brun's exceptional work titled "Self Portrait with her Daughter" (1789).
Madame Le Brun was an excellent figure in history because she was a successful and strong woman in an era and field of work dominated by men. Because of that I wanted to show a strong female character -- one who also happened to be a strong mother. It was inevitable that Sailor Moon would be the final realization for this piece. :)
The original painting can be seen at the Louvre in Paris.
While I am a fan of many artists, I am especially fond of Edmund Leighton's work. Here I've taken his painting 'The Accolade' (1901).
Leighton's work is a bit romanticist, a bit modern, and a bit pre-Raphaelite... but also academic. For being one of the most iconic painters in so far as medieval imagery goes, he is still relatively unrecognized and achieved only modest success in his lifetime.
My little ode to his talent is also an homage to one of my favorite games series of all time, Zelda. In particular this piece shows A Breath of the Wild, which quickly became my second favorite game in the series. This is what the knighting ceremony may have looked like if it wasn't held in the middle of a garden. ;)
Ripe with hidden meaning, the original painting is called "The Swing" (1767) by Jean-Honore Fragonard. In the original, the man to the right of the woman (her husband and a man of the church) obliviously pushes her on the swing towards her lover hiding in the bushes.
I knew this piece would be extremely challenging, but I underestimated exactly how much so. The amount of detail in the foliage alone took many days of work, and the flounces of RQ's dress were also a puzzle to be solved. In the end I hid a couple characters in the image and am quite proud of the end result :)
The original by Fraggonard can be found in the Wallace Collection, London.
Mr and Mrs Lemongrab
The original painting is by the extremely talented painter, Thomas Gainsborough. Another personal favorite of mine. As an expression of their wealth, "Mr and Mrs Andrews" (1750) commissioned a painting that would display the great landscape of their property and the ripe harvest that awaited them. The original is actually left unfinished, with the lap of the woman kept empty. It is currently on display at the National Gallery of London.
This parody painting was the one that started my entire series. It began as an exercise, a desire to study the masters. I quickly began turning my rendition in to something a little bit different, and before I knew it there was a small gathering of Adventure Time characters. The 'blank' space in Lady Lemongrab's lap was filled by a Bubblegum doll. :)
Lovers on a Swing
The original painting of these lovers on a swing, known as "Springtime", is by Pierre August Cot (1873). Cot was an academic painter who excelled at depicting romanticism in his works.
Carrying on with my Adventure Time theme and series, the princess and the vampire queen seemed like a natural choice for this piece. The background was extremely challenging, but I daresay trying to achieve the delicacy of Cot's work in the drapery was even harder.
With a Parasol
Claude Monet is most famous for his paintings of waterlillies, but his depiction of wife and child, or "Woman with a Parasol", on a bright summer day is just as beautiful.
This piece was a particular struggle because the feel of the brushstrokes is such an integral part of the painting. Since I work digitally, it was a challenge figuring out how best to achieve this. In the end, and through a series of trial and error, I believe I found a solution and the end result is quite successful!
The Scream was originally painted by Edvard Munch around 1983. Its full name is "The Scream of Nature", and it supposedly depicts a point in Edvard's life where he was walking along a fjord with companions of his, and just felt a chasm of terror surround him. The painting is, to many, a very real depiction of an anxiety attack.
With all the screaming Morty does in 'Rick and Morty' how could I not link these two together? The two shadowed figures in the distance easily turned in to Rick and Summer, and I took some... liberties with the background. ;)
The original painting by Munch can be found in the National Gallery of Oslo, Norway.
The Ice King
This particular painting originally depicts the Sun King, Kind Louis XIV, in a portrait piece. It is originally painted by Hyacinthe Rigaud using oil on canvas. Rigaud was notably popular amongst the high class denizens of Versailles; as such, this painting was extremely well received.
The idea to turn the 'Sun King' in to the 'Ice King' seemed natural to me. Of course, I had to have Gunter in the image and hide a couple princesses in as well. ;)
Another painting based on the work of Edmund Leighton, this time 'Godspeed' (1901).
This is one of my personal favorites (not surprisingly, it was his most popular piece). I hid a number of Easter Eggs in my parodied version and I wonder if you can find them all! It is a tribute to Ocarina of Time, my absolute favorite in the Zelda series.
Based on Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ (1503-1519). This painting is the oldest piece I have thus far parodied. As it is such an iconic piece, I absolutely had to fill Mona Lisa's spot with someone as equally classy and sassy. Tina -- complete with her latest work of fiction. Of course, now she is known as the 'Monuhhhhh-----uhhhhh----- Lisa'. ;)
The Kiss: Like Starlight
Based on Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’(1907-1908), but in homage to one of my favourite Ghibli films (Howl’s Moving Castle). Howl has an affinity for shiny objects, as can be seen in the scenes involving the collections in his bedroom. For this reason, the gold in Klimt’s work made a lot of sense to me. Then there is the emotional kiss scene in the film, as well as the field of flowers and romantic overtones. It just seemed like the perfect combination. I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I do.
The original piece, as well as other examples of Klimt’s work, can be seen in The Belvedere Gallery located in Vienna, Austria.