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Darya Kuznetsova Takes Flat Characters Into Realistic Realms

By: Jason Soy - Published: Dec 23, 2011 • References: darey-dawn.deviantart and rampagedreality
It's not uncommon to see artists rendering their favorite 2-D creations in a realistic manner, but few manage to reach the level of technical artistry that Darya Kuznetsova exudes in these illustrations. From the texture of the characters' skin to the way light hits the bodies of her subjects, every detail in Kuznetsova's images is accounted for and it gives viewers a surreal experience as they see familiar cartoons undergoing real-life physics and conditions.

Darya Kuznetsova has morphed individuals from comic books, animated features, cartoon series, anime and even food mascots. Perhaps the most peculiar of her hyperreal illustrations though is the one featuring the members of the band Gorillaz. Fans of the virtual band no doubt already love the way 2D, Murdoc, Russel and Noodle are commonly drawn, but Kuznetsova still manages to breathe new life into the band members in her thrilling interpretation.