Because so many of us grew up with cartoons, we tend to think of them as eternal and unending. The thought of one of our beloved animated characters passing away is a difficult one to contemplate. Artist Filip Hodas has taken this into account and created some realistic illustrations depicting what the skulls of popular characters would look like if they had anatomically correct cranial structures. Filip welcomes us to a virtual museum by preserving the characters' recognizable features, such as their hats and glasses, while also giving them "scientific" names.
"However, I ultimately decided against it because the skulls didn't appear to be very distinguishable on their own—especially when they had broken or missing parts. It was for this reason that I decided to go with a less damaged look for the characters and also add some extras to each one. It was my intention to contrast the realistic skull with brightly colored flat backgrounds in order to make it more cartoonish," Filip writes on his website.
Filip began a year-long daily render project in 2015 to build an online following. With over 15,000 Twitter followers, 85,000 Facebook likes, and over 613,000 Instagram followers, he has become one of the most well-known 3D artists in the world. In the wake of his success, Filip has collaborated on projects with Adidas and Coca-Cola, as well as Samsung.
On Oxford Street in London, Filip's work, including the Cartoon Fossils series, was on display in 2009. For Londoners, a visit to Oxford Street is a must to see it in person. Filip expressed his gratitude for the opportunity in an Instagram post.
Filip takes great pleasure in dissecting the glitzy surfaces of popular culture imagery in his work. Many of us have difficulty adjusting to the realities of adult life because we were raised on a steady diet of happy, colorful animated characters who always get their happily ever afters.