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Color Pencil Portraits of Classic Pop Culture Families

The McClanes, inspired by Die Hard

Pop culture artist Kirk Demarais uses his skillful hands to produce color pencil portraits of some of our favorite fictional families from television and films. Whether it's a washed solid color or a red stage curtain, each realistic rendition is accompanied by a cheesy studio portrait backdrop. His list of impressive and fun works range from commercial hit TV characters like Mad Men‘s Don Draper with his traditional nuclear family to eccentric indie film families like the Hoovers from Little Miss Sunshine. Even cult favorites like the Bluth family from Arrested Development and the Weirs from Freaks and Geeks make the cut, to the delight of many pop culture enthusiasts.

Within the mix of Demarais' collection of awkward family portraits are commissioned works in which the artist includes whomever the client chooses to be in the portrait with the popular fictional family. Actress Kristen Wiig even commissioned a portrait of fellow Imogene co-star Brian Petsos to be included with the Huxtables, which can be seen, below. While the artist appears to be open to commissioned works, he also has selected prints of his Film Family Portraits on sale through Gallery 1988.

The Huxtables, inspired by The Coby Show

The Buellers, inspired by Ferris Bueller's Day Off

The Drapers, inspired by Mad Men

The Bluths, inspired by Arrested Development

The McDunnoughs, inspired by Raising Arizona

The Weirs, inspired by Freaks and Geeks

The Whites, inspired by Breaking Bad

The McFlys, inspired by Back to the Future

The Johnsons, inspired by The Jerk

The Hoovers, inspired by Little Miss Sunshine

The Griswolds, inspired by National Lampoon's Vacation

The Fischers, inspired by Rushmore

The Torrances, inspired by The Shining

Kirk Demarais website


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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