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Somewhat More Realistic Cartoon Characters

Miss Cellania
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Trying to improve upon classic comic and cartoon characters is like messing with Mother Nature. Still, there's nothing wrong with re-imagining a character from a different point of view. Tools like Photoshop make it easier than ever to give texture and shadow to plain line drawings, so converting our favorite cartoon characters into a more realistic style is too tempting to pass up. This is sometimes called "un-tooning."

Artist Tim O'Brien drew his more worldly version of Charlie Brown and named it Chuck Brown. This was created for a show called "Monsters".

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Movie makeup effects artist Rick Baker designed Popeye as a real, as in really scary, person. Kinda makes you wonder what he'd do with Olive Oyl!

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Pixeloo has done a lot of untooning. Possibly his most popular image is of a real life Jessica Rabbit.

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This is just a small sampling of the many cartoon and comic characters getting the realism treatment. More are popping up every day!

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