If you’re reading this, you already know what it means to be a geek. You love something that’s not generally popular, and you love it intensely. You watch your favorite movies or TV episodes or read your favorite books or comics over and over, partly to get every last nuance and hidden allusion, but mostly because you just frakkin’ love it. And sometimes that love inspires us to do things to show how much we love the object of our affection. Sometimes it’s cosplay. Sometimes it’s fanfic. Sometimes it’s tribute songs.
And sometimes, it’s art. We’ve all seen it. The good, the bad, and the ugly. But these days, a lot of the fan art I’m seeing has been, well, amazing. It’s not just fan art, it’s real, fine art. Frame-able high quality prints of beautiful art. This is a trend that makes me ridiculously happy, partly because it reflects the positive evolution of geek culture, but mostly because it allows me to decorate my room with things that are both pretty and geeky. So that’s what this post is going to be about: gorgeous geek art.
James Hance is rapidly becoming one of my favorite artists in ANY medium. James (@JimJeroo on Twitter) is the talent behind Wookiee the Chew, the Star Wars-themed Winnie the Pooh illustration project that got so much buzz a couple months ago.
First I loved this series because, well, it’s ADORABLE. How could you not want to cuddle that adorable little Wookiee? But look at the work. Go on, head over to Hance’s page and look at all the illustrations. The quality of the work is incredible. This isn’t just fan art–this is FINE art. You can buy high-quality prints to frame, JUST LIKE REAL ART. Makes those push-pinned Farscape posters look a little shabby, doesn’t it?
Or perhaps you’re more of a Firefly person. Got you covered there too. Hance is currently working on a project he’s titled “Firefrog,” reimagining Whedon’s beloved characters as Muppets. That’s right, MUPPETS. Miss Piggy as Inara, Beaker as Simon, Fozzie Bear as Jayne (and a rubber chicken as Vera, wakka wakka wakka), and you guessed it—Kermit as Mal.
The piece is a work-in-progress. So far Hance has added Saffron, Badger, Nyska, and the Blue-Hands, and shows no signs of stopping. You can follow his progress on his Tumblr, or get more info on Hance and how he’s raising money to help his 6-year-old daughter, who has a rare intestinal disorder, here. Buy prints or commission art, and rest secure in the knowledge that your home will look awesome AND you’re helping a wonderful cause.
Hance isn’t the only one getting creative with classic styles and geeky subjects, though. Bill Mudron has created a wonderful series of characters from Doctor Who done in the style of Art Nouveau god Alphonse Mucha. I have his River Song and Amy Pond prints hanging in my bedroom.
You can buy the gorgeous Nouveau Who prints here (he also has Rory, some Art Deco Doctors, and an AMAZING map of Hyrule), among many other excellent pieces. Also check out Mudron’s adorable Mario–themed website showcasing his illustrations and other work, and follow him on Twitter: @mudron.
I had planned on showcasing a few other artists, but this post is already so image-heavy that Pete might kill me, so why don’t you leave a comment and tell me your favorite geek artists to watch? Got a geeky art project you’re working on yourself? Let me know!