“The Scream” by Edvard Munch, 1893.

Artist Lothlenan Transforms Classical Paintings Into Pop Culture Art

By placing favorite anime, animation, and gaming characters into these elaborate scenes, digital artist Lothlenan is transforming ancient paintings to the ultimate fan fantasies. Revamping iconic artwork in the 18th and 19th centuries, Lothlenan adds these modern-day figures, all while keeping the design of the first painting.

In fact, the work of Lothlenan isn't just an exercise in fandom art, but also how to get different artistic styles. “This was an outstanding exercise in mark making and trying to salvage texture in the painting that is digital, the artist that is, ” writes of working from a Monet painting. “And yes, I fell into the trap of believing impressionism would be simple… but found out it was more than I bargained for.”

Working in characters from The Legend of Zelda, Adventure Time, and Sailor Moon, amongst others, the resultant images are whimsical tableaus that may put a smile on any anime fan's face. Lothlenan sells prints and products featuring the finished pictures via RedBubble.

“The Swing” by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, 1767.


“Self-portrait With Her Daughter” by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1789.


“Spring” by Pierre Auguste Cot, 1873.


“Portrait Of Louis XIV” by Hyacinthe Rigaud, 1701.


“The Accolade” by Edmund Leighton, 1901.


“Woman with a Parasol – Madame Monet and Her Son” by Claude Monet, 1875.


“Mr. and Mrs. Andrews” by Thomas Gainsborough, 1750.