Minimalist Images of Beloved Childhood Characters

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Netherlands-based graphic designer and illustrator Dennis de Groot is pulling at our childhood-nostalgia-loving heart strings with his latest collection of colorful, stripped-down pieces. Appropriately entitled Bare Essentials, the minimalist series tips its hat to some of our favorite cartoons and films — from The Care Bears to The Smurfs to Batman — in their most natural forms. And while this is definitely a playful collection with overlaid imagery, vibrant rainbow hues, and iconic pop culture characters, it also explores the line between recognition and detail, questioning whether we need über-detailed art to recognize and appreciate familiar images, or if basic, simple, and sweet illustrations are just as impactful. While you ponder that, have a look at some of De Groot’s wonderful work after the cut, then visit Fubiz to view the entire series.

Dennis de Groot, 2011

Dennis de Groot, 2011

Dennis de Groot, 2011

Dennis de Groot, 2011

Dennis de Groot, 2011

Dennis de Groot, 2011

Dennis de Groot, 2011

Dennis de Groot, 2011

Dennis de Groot, 2011

Dennis de Groot, 2011

Dennis de Groot, 2011

Dennis de Groot, 2011

Dennis de Groot, 2011

Dennis de Groot, 2011

Dennis de Groot, 2011