Robert De Jesus has made a name for himself by offering a service that works similar to the street artists who caricature people on the spot. Except that you don’t have to leave your house and this artist doesn’t draw caricatures, he just references the photos. So if your hand-drawn portrait is an exaggerated or humorous version of what you see in the mirror, you should probably turn to that mirror once more.
This American self-taught illustrator, animator and writer makes exceptional cartoon-like sketches based on people’s photos. He is no stranger to the anime and manga community, which combined with solid experience in illustrations and character design results in a unique style.
“The idea hit me while at one convention,” DeJesus told Bored Panda. “The official convention badges they wore reminded me of drivers licenses, and I thought why not make a mock license and draw the owner as a Chibi character in the spot where their photo would normally go. I designed a badge, bought a laminator, and at the next convention they were a huge hit.”
These ‘anime-treatments’ were originally a side thing to fund the projects the artist was passionate about, and he still does custom portrait commissions on his eBay store. You can check his previous artwork featured at Bored Panda here and here.
Moreover, over the years, the artist has created illustrations, comics and character designs for a handful of well-known publishers such as Antarctic press, Marvel and PlayStation Magazine.
Scroll down this gallery to see Robert’s amazing sketches, and if you want to frame your own – place your bid!