15 Amazing "Real Life" Rendition of Disney Characters by Jirka Väätäinen

15 Amazing "Real Life" Rendition of Disney Characters by Jirka Väätäinen

Jirka Väätäinen is a talented Graphic Designer/Illustrator from Finland. This interview will give us an insight into the life and work of this amazing designer. His brilliant series, "Envisioning Disney Characters in Real Life" is featured in this inspiring interview. So read on and discover Jirka's passion and inspirations for his artworks.

First off, we'd like to know more about you. Can you tell us more about yourself?

I'm a 22 year-old guy, and I am native Finn (from Kuopio, Finland). I am a final year Graphic Design student at the Arts University College at Bournemouth. I have lived here in England since September 2009.


When did your love affair with design and illustration begin?

Very early on in my life! Ever since I was a little kid, I have always done a lot of arts related stuff and kept myself busy by being creative. But it wasn't till high school until I realized that I wanted to turn my interests into a career in design.


What inspires you to create?

I draw inspiration from all areas of design and visual culture, whether it is movies, fashion, photography, graphic design or so on. So give me anything visual really, and I am good to go! And it's the actual creative process that really drives me - creating something visual is what I love to do.


Does your environment or personal life have an influence in your designs?

Probably on an unconscious level. All of my experiences have obviously made me who I am, and I believe to be expressing myself through being creative. I just can not pinpoint what the exact influences are!


Do you consider anyone as your mentor? What other artist inspires you?

There are so many talented people, and so much inspiring stuff out there, but I have to say that I have never really followed the work of any specific artists religiously, so I don't really consider anyone as my mentor. Different people have inspired me at different times.


What tools/apps do you usually use in creating your projects?

Obviously my favorite tool is Photoshop, since I'm most familiar with it, and know how to use it to my advantage. A lot of my projects include me taking photos of my own, so I'm carrying a digital camera with me a lot of times. As a graphic designer I naturally use most of the Adobe software, and use InDesign and Illustrator for more of a traditional design work as typesetting, lay outs and logo designs. Film and animation have always intrigued me as well, so I have spent a fair amount of time playing around in After Effects and Flash as well. So as you can see, most of the tools I rely on are digital.

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7 comments on “15 Amazing "Real Life" Rendition of Disney Characters by Jirka Väätäinen”

  1. While i like his style i have to say some of these should be added to photoshop disasters.


    if leaning on a wall then that elbow and arm are seriously dislocated considering her hip is leaning against the same wall.


    I am lost for words with whats wrong with this, from the neck down the angles on both arms and body are all just wrong unless your a contortionist, arm closer to us would be bigger than the one furthest from us.

  2. First of all, are these modelled over actors?? I think I recognize som of the features, and it is really beautiful work... And second, the one after Esmerelda, but above Jasmin, who is that?? I don't recognize her...

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