OK, so we’ve already got to see what Disney princes and princesses would look like in real life, and in honour of Halloween, the man behind these amazing illustrations has just given us the next best thing – real life Disney villains.
Yep, using a combination of photo-manipulation and digital painting, Finnish illustrator Jirka Väätäinen has transformed all of our favourite Disney baddies into living, breathing, human beings.
In particular, Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid’s Ursula, Hades from Hercules, The Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Peter Pan’s Captain Hook and Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent have all been reimagined into scarily realistic human versions of their cartoon incarnations.
And while Mr Väätäinen has earned himself a huge round of applause for his outstanding work, we can’t help but feel a little spooked out by the sketches.
Take Beauty and the Beast’s Gaston. While there’s an obvious resemblance to his cartoon equivalent, we wouldn’t bat an eyelid if a walking-talking version of Jirka’s illustration passed us in the street.
As for Mr Väätäinen’s drawing of Hades from Hercules, we can’t stop staring at his human-like fingernails, wrinkles and bulging traps, although we’d like to think his blue do is a little too inconspicuous for us to miss.
The Helsinki-based artist actually began his human reworkings with The Little Mermaid’s Ursula in April 2011 while studying graphic design at the Arts University College at Bournemouth.
“I decided to entertain myself by Photoshopping together a ‘real life’ version of my favourite Disney villain, Ursula,” Jirka wrote on his blog.
And following the roaring success of his debut illustration, the designer has since transformed a total of 39 Disney characters.
We just can’t wait to see what he’ll do next!