This is a really clever, but well done idea. The unnamed artist has just taken pictures – some are his personal pictures and some have been found on the Internet – and replaced a real person with a drawing. He also gives a tutorial on how to create your own, if you’re interested.
From his own words:
Hello, strangers of the internet. This page is a gallery of pictures. The pictures are simple enough: the people in the photos have been digitally removed and replaced with drawings. Yeah, I know: anyone can trace a drawing. But so what? I am doing it, and you’re not.
Maybe the pictures illustrate the idea that we all want to remove ourselves from life, and replace ourselves with fictional, self-created versions of ourself. We want to fictionalise our own existence, and impose order and narrative where there is none. Or maybe it’s just tracing. Either way, I hope you enjoy the pics.
Anyway, some of the photos are just pics of friends and family and some are random photos I found on the web. I apologise if I have accidentally transformed anyone into art. And no, this page wasn’t inspired by either Norwegian popstars Aha or Tom Goes to The Mayor. I’d never even heard of the latter when I did this page.
There’s also a bit of a tutorial explaining how the pics are made, so you can replicate them at home if you want.
My first thought when looking at these pictures was that Aha video “Take on Me.”