Taking what was once a delightful imaginary escape and incorporating it into an adult world, Casey Wheldon creates artwork that is a mixture of cherished memories and forgotten fantasies.
Wheldon's artwork is a fantastic blend of imagery that draws inspiration from childhood companions and youthful escapism. The imaginary companions that accompanied our childhood adventures no longer have a place within the adult world, despite the desire to keep them close. The illustrations contrast magical illustrations with woeful faces, indicative of the acceptance that there comes a time when old comforts need to be retired.
Casey Wheldon's photorealistic depiction of Calvin and Hobbes is particularly astonishing. A young boy sits in a red wagon accompanied by a very real-looking tiger companion; for them, their imagination is as real as anything the world could throw their way.
Realistic Imaginary Companions
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