Game of Thrones Characters Seamlessly Fused with the Real Life Actors Who Play Them

Game Of Thrones Digital Art Series

As a television show, Game of Thrones has transcended the realm of mere entertainment and is now a cultural phenomenon. Fantastical characters like Jon Snow, Arya Stark, and Tyrion Lannister are instantly recognizable, whether you watch the series or not. They don elaborate wardrobes and gnarly scars that run down their faces, all in an effort to dramatically depict the show’s warring factions as they try to overtake one another (or keep their spot at the top).

The actors are often so believable as their characters that it’s easy to forget that they’re just regular people. Digital artist and retoucher Gianfranco Gallo highlights this fact in his series #GOT Characters in Real Life. Using seamless photo manipulation, he fuses two images—one half of the actor in Game of Thrones attire and the other as their normal self.

Sometimes, the transitions are subtle. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister hardly looks different as his television character. Many times, however, the changes are staggering—Emilia Clarke as Daenerys has completely different length and color of hair. The same goes for Kit Harington’s Jon Snow, who has scars drawn onto his face, curlier hair, and wears heavy fur clothing. Through these physical changes, it’s clear—Game of Thrones costume designers and makeup artists go to incredible lengths to bring author George R.R. Martin’s stories to life.

Above: Tyrion Lannister / Peter Dinklage

Game Of Thrones Recognizable Characters Inspire Seamless Photo ManipulationsArya Stark / Maisie Williams

Digital Artist Shows Physical Changes In Game Of Thrones CharactersJon Snow / Kit Harington

Game Of Thrones Cultural Phenomenon Inspires Digital Art SeriesCersei Lannister / Lena Headey

Game Of Thrones Recognizable Characters Fused In Two ImagesJaime Lannister / Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Digital Artist Gianfranco Gallo Seamlessly Manipulates Photo In Game Of Throne SeriesDaenerys Targaryen / Emilia Clarke

Fantastical Game Of Throne Characters Inspire Digital Art SeriesEddard Stark / Sean Bean

Game Of Thrones Characters Fused In Two ImagesPetyr Baelish / Aidan Gillen

Game Of Thrones Stark In Digital Art SeriesSansa Stark / Sophie Turner

Gianfranco Gallo: Behance | Twitter
via [Zeutch, Bird in Flight]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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