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The Line It Is Drawn #41 – Comic Book Characters Mashed Up With Famous Paintings!

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Now on to the bit!

So every week, I ask a question here. You reply to it on our Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply) and our SIX blog sketch artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post them here every week. So every week you will have a new question and you will see the top six choices from the previous week.

To qualify, you have to be following us when you reply – so go follow us and then give your answer to the following question/challenge (All suggestions due by 6 AM Pacific, Friday, May 19th).

Next week’s theme is…

To mix things up a bit this week, The Line It Is Drawn Presents Dark Horse! Team-up or mash-up characters from two (or more) different Dark Horse Comics titles (preferably not the licensed stuff – unless they are original characters created for the comics, like the Star Wars Legacy characters)

Read on for the six sketches that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge!

Mash-up a famous painting with a comic book character.


I’ll put them in alphabetical order based on the name of the Twitter user who made the suggestion.

All copyright and trademarks of the following characters are held by their respective owners!

AdamRuvola suggested:

Galactus and the Silver Surfer as Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam.

Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam

Nick Perks is the artist for this one, too. Here is his website.

(click on the image to enlarge)

cannibalskunk suggested:

wolverine and jubilee in American Gothic

Grant Wood’s American Gothic

Michael “Mic” Magtanong is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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dc2omniverse suggested:

The Blob and The Last Supper.

Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper

Chaz Folgar is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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dixonium suggested:

Superman and Lois Lane in Klimt’s “The Kiss.”

Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss

Daniel Irizarri is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

Daniel also wishes to share a video he made detailing some of his process in the creation of his piece. You can check it out here. Thanks, Daniel!

PowerGirlDammit suggested:

Wonder Woman as the Mona Lisa…

Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa

George Zapata is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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PowerGirlDammit also suggested:

Power Girl as Artemisia Gentileschi in her famous self portrait.

Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self-Portrait

Caanan Grall is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

(click on the image to enlarge)

Thanks to all of our suggestion givers and, of course, our awesome artists! A lot of great work this week, gentlemen! And we still have a great piece by Sean to see tomorrow!

Go make suggestions for next week!!


Nice inner dialogue, Caanan :)

They’re all amazing this week, but Daniel Irizarri’s is just sublime. Absolutely beautiful.

Good idea posting the originals for comparison purposes and I also have to say they’re all great, but like littlemaths, I think Daniel Irizarri just knocked it outta here!

You could post any of a whole bunch of Sienkiewicz’s work from a certain period to sub in for Klimt… but that Irizzari piece is great!

They are all beautiful! I love PG’s inner dialogue, and Daniel Irizarri’s Klimt-inspired piece is awesome!

I agree with Karel. They’re all great, but that Superman piece is astounding. I want it on my wall.

Voting with the majority…the Irizarri piece is absolutely great! Bravo!

Wow, what a great job the artists did today. Really beautiful.

Oz the Malefic

May 19, 2011 at 7:23 am

Daniel did it so well this week. More than just borrowing a pose or a theme, the whole piece is stylistically beautiful and based in both “worlds” of the 2 distinct subjects.

This is definitely my favorite installment of this article… nice job.

Nick Perks killed it on the Surfer/Galactus piece!!! AMAZING!!! That’s my favorite Line It Is Drawn work to date.

Mr. Irizzari, that is AMAZING. i only wish DC would work with you to get it into poster form.

I love how Canaan Grall’s piece seems to be suggesting that Power Girl is actually a comic book artist with normal breasts, and her “superboobs” are just artistic exaggeration/wish fulfillment.

I gotta agree that Daniel Irizarri’s piece is simply beautiful! The way he puts patterns and motifs from the original piece into new contexts works really nicely.

My favorite piece is definitely the Surfer/Galactus piece.
That THAT, Birth of Man!

Another yay for Daniel, masterful combination of both elements.

Who says superhero comics can’t be art?

Wow, what a week!

This is by far my favorite Line. It’s great to watch the artists flex their artistic muscles here.

Everybody knocked it out of the park this week.

Great work, guys!

Great, great stuff this week. The Superman/Lois piece is fantastic.

Spider-Man Last Supper I did a few years ago in charcoal, w/ photoshop color:


Another vote here both for best LIID and for that Superman piece being incredible, and Sienkwiecish. I especially love how he kept the pattern on the man’s cloak by making it Lois Lane’s shirt pattern.

The Klimt mashup is brilliant, and the Power Girl one is pretty great also. Nice work

The Galactus one belongs on the side of a van. And I mean that as HIGH praise.

This is brilliant. Lamestream comics should do stuff like this for their covers way more often than they do…which is basically like…not a lot.

Pure awesome from the whole gang! I also gotta agree with everybody here: Daniel, that Klimt Superman/Lois is AMAZING!!! I love it! The colors, the details – really strong! Great job, man. I also really like mic’s Wolverine/Jubilee American Gothic — great stuff! Can’t wait to see what Sean has in store for us!

[…] In line with our classiness, here’s some classical art / comics mashups by way of Comic Book Resources […]

Jesse Rubenfeld has a lot of these famous paintings parodied on his website here

Damn, Paul beat me to it. I was going to say if I saw a van with that Sufer piece painted on it, I would steal that van. It’s awesome.

The rest are amazing this week, too. You guys keep topping yourselves.

Superman/Lois as The Kiss is my favorite one by far. But they’re all truly brilliant and inspired pieces. The creativity of these people is a little wow … LOL

I would love to get a print of Daniel Irizarri’s Superman and Lois. It is gorgeous.

Man, these are terrific. Nick’s Galactus one is epic, and Daniel’s Klimt Kiss is absolutely stunning.

I really do hope someone sees that Superman/Lois one. It deserves to be at least a cover on an upcoming issue.

I actually hit the DC Comics site and sent in a message about the Klimt mash-up. I hope Daniel gets the recognition he deserves.

Make Mine DIO!

Daniel killed it this week! I’m shocked no one pointed it out. I’m anxious to play his video while I work on next week’s piece! I eat that stuff up.

Our paintist Nick also killed, natch! Totes his arena.

Chaz & Caanan crack me up! Congrats to Chaz for squeezing in the most characters he’s done for a piece, thus far. That is no easy feat, let me say—especially w/ Blob & Juggs on the scene at that!

Nice expression, George! Looking forward to your piece, Sean!

Thanks to Brian, CSBG, & Chis Atkins!


Daniel Irizarri — SUPERB work!

Holy crap. : |

I kinda wasn’t expecting the painting to go over THAT well. BUT, thanks a ton to all the people that liked it! quite literally made my day!

Nick’s piece was just fantastic, no puns intended, there’s this great kirby-esque energy to it, while somehow still being realistic. Love the Uatu in it, because something so awesome HAD to be witnessed.

Mic did what he does best, which is making things really bright and colorful. Nothing too serious and Jubilee playing around makes the piece that much more fun. I nearly busted a gut when i saw chaz’s seriously there’s so many things in that drawing that make it pure genius! Mimic just creeps me out!

There’s something about George’s Wonder-Lisa that I’m really digging, I dunno if its the guache or whatever you used in the background, but i think its great. Then Caanan, I already told him this, but the playful aspect of her not being the best designer just really sells the drawing for me. He really managed to make power-girl seem human some how.

Now i’f you’ll excuse me, i’m going to be in my room trying to deflate my head.

Daniel Irizarri’s image is just…words fail…how do you describe perfection? My god, so beautiful.

I know I am a bit of a Kirbyphile but I have to say…. Michaelangelo’s idea of God? An old man in a dress. Kirby’s idea of a god? Galactus. Now THAT’s a god! (He even has a big ‘G’ on his chest in case you didn’t know). Genius.
No one is resting on their laurels. Great stuff.

Oz the Malefic

May 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I wonder if there is any chance of Daniel doing a print run of this work, I know I would buy it.

Well actually i had been thinking of doing so, and if today showed me anything is that there’s definitely demand!

They’re all amazing this week! Nick Perks and Daniel Irizarri absolutely smashed it though :) xx

Nick Perks’ Surfer and Galactus is amazing, what a beautifully realized image. I also love Chaz Folger’s Last Supper with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Awesome. This really was the best week yet, and that’s saying something. There should be an encore of this topic.

I was a little “meh” aboout The Blob/Last Supper piece until I saw Mimic. Mimic automatically wins.

I know it’s getting repetitive now, but Nick Perks and Daniel Irizarri’s works are excellent this week.

Daniel Irizarri, wow, this need to be a poster.


May 20, 2011 at 7:30 am

Thank you nick perks for the new desktop.

@magnetowasright – You are very welcome!
If you start with Kirby designs it’s almost cheating…

Dangit, I was so impressed by the art this week that I completely forgot to even glance at the new topic until it was too late! First time that’s happened.

i like the one with superman and lois the best


May 27, 2011 at 9:05 am

Man, Nick Perk’s piece would have been an outstanding stand out any other week, but I don’t think anything could have gone up against Irizarri’s.

Perk’s “Creation of The Surfer” is a masterpiece! Ok so I know this is an old post but I stumbled on it and love it! Don’t get me wrong Irizarri has got skills but me being the Marvelphile that I am, the original concept transformed into Galactus and the Surfer is genius.

Wishing I could draw,

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