“Woman with a Parasol – Madame Monet and Her Son” by Claude Monet, 1875.
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Digital artist Lothlenan is transforming classical paintings into the ultimate fan fantasies by placing favorite anime, cartoon, and video game characters into these elaborate scenes. Revamping iconic artwork from the 18th and 19th centuries, Lothlenan cleverly inserts these contemporary figures, all while keeping the style of the original painting.
From Monet's loose brushstrokes to the painstaking detail of Fragonard's Rococo foliage, no detail is spared. In fact, Lothlenan's work isn't only an exercise in fandom art, but also how to capture different artistic styles digitally. “This was a nice exercise in mark making and trying to salvage texture in a digital painting,” the artist writes of working from a Monet painting. “And yes, I fell into the trap of thinking impressionism would be simple… but found out it was more than I bargained for.”
Working in characters from Sailor Moon, Adventure Time, and The Legend of Zelda, among others, the resulting images are whimsical tableaus that will place a smile on any anime fan's face. Lothlenan sells prints and products featuring the finished images via Society 6 and RedBubble.
See more classical paintings transformed into nerdy fantasy fan art by Lothlenan.
“The Scream” by Edvard Munch, 1893.
“The Swing” by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, 1767.
“Portrait Of Louis XIV” by Hyacinthe Rigaud, 1701.
“Mr. and Mrs. Andrews” by Thomas Gainsborough, 1750.
“The Accolade” by Edmund Leighton, 1901.
“Self-portrait With Her Daughter” by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1789.