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Artist Playfully Merges Cartoon Characters with the Real World

3D Drawings by Pietro Cataudella CityLiveSketch

Italian artist Pietro Cataudella takes his sketchbook everywhere he goes, but his drawings don’t just depict of the places he visits—they become part of the landscape. His ongoing project, titled CityLiveSketch, features architectural 3D drawings that seem to jump from the artist’s journals, depicting famous landmarks as part-real, part-illustrated. Most recently though, Cataudella took his imagination a step further by playfully merging buildings and everyday objects with unexpected characters and cartoon worlds.

In one piece humorously titled “The leaning hairstyle of Marge Simpson,” Cataudella holds up his drawing of Marge, lining her up to the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa as if it’s part of her famous updo. In another, titled “London Smile,” Alice in Wonderland’s grinning Cheshire Cat becomes part of the Tower Bridge. Even the colorful ghosts from Pac-Man make an appearance, dotted through the streets of Gaeta, Italy.

Scroll down to check out some of Cataudella’s playful travel sketches and discover more from his portfolio on Instagram.

Italian artist Pietro Cataudella playfully merges real-life surroundings with cartoon characters and objects.

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His architectural 3D drawings seem to jump from his journal like a pop up book.

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Each hybrid photo-drawing showcases the artist’s playful imagination.

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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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