Mike Wrobel: Master of Illustrating with the Pencil Tool

Even though we are finished with Illustrator, there is always room to be inspired by artists who use it well. French illustrator Mike Wrobel has a very bold graphic style that he uses to draw images from movies and television.  My favorite example of his work is a series of digital portraits of Game of Thrones characters as 1990s punks.  The style and color choices are so witty and perfect, we could all learn from this guy.


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Game of Thrones fan or not, these are some pretty impressive portraits, right? Do you know how they were made?


3 thoughts on “Mike Wrobel: Master of Illustrating with the Pencil Tool

  1. I have seen these around the internet for the past year and never remember which artist did these 90’s style drawings of Game of Thrones characters. It is very visually consistent how he is able to carry a consistent style across the characters which are very different in the show. This is created by the limited color pallet and graphic style of the drawings. But one major thing Wrobel does that makes this series special is how each character personality is represented. He throws in little hints, like the “I’m a sadistic physco” on a shirt of one of the worst characters from Game of Thrones. Overall, I always enjoy seeing this series because the graphic style is not only visually appealing but brings these fantasy / medieval characters to a modern level and still maintains their personalities.

    —- Hunter French —-

  2. First off, this artwork is insanely awesome. I saw this a few months ago online and was flabbergasted by it. I can’t even imagine how this artist created these images, but I would love to learn or know how he did so. Work done in illustrator or photoshop has always fascinated me because I’ve never been a digital artist, so when I see amazing pieces like these it blows my mind imagining how much work and time and patience this required, all on top of it being done on a computer (I’m a drawer, so digital stuff has always intimidated me.) I imagine these were created with shape tools and gradients (that’s kinda the extent of my illustrator knowledge), but this series is awesome nonetheless.

  3. I’m so happy there was a post about these artworks. A friend had shown me a few of these a couple of months ago but I didn’t know of the artist who had made them or that there were so many. As a long fan of the show and the books, I love seeing these characters in a different context, and it couldn’t be much better than dressed in 90’s clothing. The art itself is very impressive. I wish I had this skill with Illustrator. Cheers to the the piece of Theon ironically holding a hot dog.

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