We’re all about whimsy and pushing the imagination when it comes to digital art. There’s no limit to what kind of mediums you can combine or what kind of image you can create when you’re not limited by what art supplies you can afford or find. Andy Fairhurst has combined his awesome sense of wonder with some beautiful silhouette work to create some pretty undeniably cool vignettes into childhood.
Fairhurst’s Super Kids series are pieces of artwork that depict kids doing their thing as some of our favorite super heroes and villains. The scenes are at once appropriately dramatic with our cast of heroes and villains in the dark, and adorably accurate. Each kid works with tools a kid would use, sometimes even things we might have used when playing around as our favorite heroes. Kid Flash carries around flashlights. The Punisher menacingly dual wields squirt guns. Iron Kid flies using a trampoline. Tiny Captain America, of course, brandishes a trash can lid shield.
Not only is the series really thoughtful about the way children would actually play as their favorite characters, but they’re also a beautiful combination of water-color based sunsetty backdrops with a really cool darkened foreground. The masked figures really have their secret identities hidden from the viewer and that works really well. The viewer can imagine any kid behind the mask, and that’s such an effective touch. It helps that Fairhurst has done just about every big hero and villain in comics and on the silver screen! Everyone can browse his work and easily find a favorite!
Check out more in the slideshow below and on Andy Fairhurst’s DeviantArt page!