At first glance, the characters painted by Argenis Pinal (aka argenapeede) look like they're from the pages of a comic book. Upon closer inspection, however, it's clear that these aren't stylized pen and ink drawings–they're actually photos of him with expertly applied face paint! The California-based cosmetologist applies his own makeup and hair styles to imitate a number of famous superheroes and villains, including the Joker, Tony Stark, and Thor. He also puts his own spin on these iconic personalities by creating zombified versions of X Men's Wolverine and Rogue.
To achieve these amazing effects, Pinal uses dark, heavy lines to contour his face, creating different shapes and mimicking the type of outlines you'd find in the comics. He then complements his painting skills with accessories–fabulous wigs, colored contacts, and costume props. The result is a total transformation that pays impressive homage to the fictional characters that he loves.