Richard Wilkinson, a UK-based illustrator, imagines insect species inspired by popular culture’s familiar faces. Two of his latest series cover both ends of a fantastic spectrum, with bugs modeled after villains from horror movies and cartoon characters from children.
Artist pays homage to classic slashers and newer terrors including Jason Voorhees from the movie Friday the 13th, Pennywise the Clown from the movie IT, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the demon Valak from the Nun for his horror icons Family: Timorpersonae collection. Artist produces a Latin phrase for the zoological nomenclature of each insect that serves as a personality description or their corresponding movie.
For his family: Insanusmelodiae series, Wilkinson integrated the faces of iconic Looney Tunes characters into the bodies of beetles and bugs that inherited sad but funny features from their counterparts in the cartoon. “Their unique features include loud and often strange vocalizations and very unique quick and erratic motions,” the artist wrote in a declaration. He added that their clumsiness is the “most unique element of the behavior of the Insanusmelodiae. They often end up under a falling rock or twig, or dropping from a long drop. Their wings can also generate sufficient elevation to maintain them in the air for a time or two before they fall.