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We all love our favourite pop culture cartoon characters that has been with us and filling our screens for decades. We have seen our characters in different setting or on different items of clothing, but have you ever thought about the day when they will no longer be with us? 

Artist Filip Hodas took imagination to a whole new level. Hodas imagines a world in which some of the most iconic cartoon characters have gone the way of the dinosaurs. Hodas crafted 3D renderings in his series Cartoon Fossils that feature the skulls of some of our classic cartoon characters such as Goofy, Scrooge McDuck, Spongebob Squarepants, Minnie Mouse, and more. 

Hodas created each artifacts as though it is presented in a museum. The giant weathered bones has each characters iconic well-worn accessories. For example Goofy’s Hat and Minnie’s bow sit atop pedestals with tiny labels that reveal their scientific names and a description of the character on display.

To experiment with the programs Zbrush and Substance Painter, the artist created his Cartoon Fossil series, but did change his initial plans for it along the way. 

“I wanted to make them stylised as dinosaur fossils set up in a museum environment, but later decided against it, as the skulls didn’t look very recognisable on their own—especially with parts broken or missing.” 

After tweaking the overall aesthetic, he opted for a “less damaged” appearance and explained that “To make it more cartoony, I decided to contrast the realistic look of the skull with colorful flat backgrounds.”

This isn’t the first series in which Hodas has pictured a world that’s moved beyond its current cartoon universe. His aptly titled series Pop Culture Dystopia features 3D renderings of a post-apocalyptic future in which pop culture icons are ancient relics.

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