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Artist Uses Sketchbook Drawings to Transform Real Landmarks Into Playful Characters

When we first introduced you to the work of Italian artist Pietro Cataudella in 2018, he was creating 3D drawings of famous landscapes that seem to jump from his sketchbook. Today, he’s continuing to take urban sketching to the next level with his ongoing project, CityLiveSketch. His latest pieces feature cartoon characters that seem to blend into the landscapes as they merge with iconic buildings, bridges, and more.

The artist evokes a sense of play in his work in multiple ways. In one piece, Cataudella holds up his sketch of Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, making the architecture appear as though it’s part of his rocket pack. Another work features a double-spread of Keith Haring-esque characters held up to a side of the building as if it’s graffiti painted on the wall. No matter the location or subject, each piece allows Cataudella’s vivid imagination to shine through, as well as his impressive knack for perspective drawing.

Check out some of Cataudella’s latest work below and follow him on Instagram for more from his portfolio.

Italian artist Pietro Cataudella playfully merges real-life scenes with his cartoon sketches.

3D Drawings by Pietro Cataudella3D Drawings by CityLiveSketch3D Drawings by Pietro Cataudella

Each piece showcases the artist's vivid imagination, as well as his impressive knack for perspective drawing.

3D Drawings by CityLiveSketch3D Drawings by Pietro Cataudella3D Drawings by Pietro Cataudella3D Drawings by Pietro Cataudella3D Drawings by Pietro Cataudella3D Drawings by Pietro Cataudella3D Drawings by Pietro Cataudella3D Drawings by CityLiveSketchPietro Cataudella: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Pietro Cataudella.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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