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Lifelike Nostalgic Cat Cartoons

Rogier van de Beek Illustrates Photoreal Samurai Pizza Cats

— December 12, 2011 — Pop Culture
Many people will have fond memories of watching Samurai Pizza Cats as children, but these Rogier van de Beek are nothing like the cartoon characters seen by most '90s kids. For one, they're rendered in a pseudo-real style that harshly contrasts the cutesy look of the original series, but perhaps that's the point. After all, most fans of the show are now adults, meaning they'll surely appreciate the more grown up look of Speedy Cerviche, Polly Esther and Guido Anchovy.

Rogier van de Beek is the artist behind these incredibly nostalgic images. He currently resides in The Netherlands where he works freelance for a variety of projects. You can expect a similar exaggerated reality style to be present in all of his illustrative works. He is equally adept at producing digital art as he is analog art.
Trend Themes
1. Nostalgic Illustrations - Rogier van de Beek's unique illustrative style represents a business opportunity for companies that want to tap into the nostalgic appeal of millennials.
2. Pseudo-real Rendered Art - There is an opportunity for disruptors in the art and design industry to reinterpret nostalgic cultural works in new and engaging ways.
3. Adult Animation Style - The decreased emphasis on 'cuteness' and increased realism in Rogier van de Beek's renderings represents an opportunity for move sophisticated animation catering to older audiences.
Industry Implications
1. Entertainment - Rogier van de Beek's illustrations can be used by TV and film companies to revive nostalgic franchises for adult audiences.
2. Design - Pseudo-realism in art and design is becoming more popular, creating opportunities in branding and advertising for companies that adopt the style.
3. Art - The rising interest in fantasy and nostalgic art is creating new opportunities for artists like Rogier van de Beek to provide unique works of art.
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