At some point in a child’s life they really SHOULD be exposed to comic books. The stories within can take them to far away places, help build their creative imaginations and teach them the lessons of good and evil…as only a comic book can.
Based off a love of this medium, artist Andy Fairhurst decided that he would do a series of silhouettes featuring kids portraying their favorite comic book characters. Good guys, bad guys and heroines are all given equal ground as Andy does a wonderful job of getting back to his inner child and showing us how powerful imagination, trampolines, sticks and swings can truly be.
We reached out to Andy to get some insight to these impressive creations and this is what he had to say. “The inspiration behind these was from my own childhood and my mates around me. I loved Spider-Man and Batman, my brother loved Superman and Hulk and everyone else loved the same characters along with countless other ones.
I started off with the main Spidey, Batman and Superman because they were what I remember playing and added more and more that I knew would be close to other peoples hearts even if they weren’t necessarily my personal favorites. Back then, when I was a kid, we tended to make all the props out of household junk and the clothes we wore.
Nowadays supermarkets and toy stores sell complete outfits which is great as I wish we had the choice, but we still had great fun making believe with our parka coats for cloaks, marigold washing gloves and Wellington boots.
I love these prints and picking a favorite would be hard but if I were pressed, I would go with Iron Man. My son loves the character and has been asking for his very own armor “that he can get in to and fly around and help people.”
After the success of this series it had to be asked, “What’s next?” Andy gave us a little heads up on that as well.
“I am doing another series called ‘Geek Kids‘ which as the name suggest will be a series of characters in the same vein as the ‘Superhero Kids’ but will incorporate a much wider field of all things geeky. So far I have only done about 7 but I hope to do around 25 again. I Have Who Kid, McFly Kid and Ezio Kid done already as well as a few others and a lot more planned.”
Head on over to Andy’s DEVIANT ART page to pick up a copy of your favorite character. There are a bunch more including Hulk, Storm, Green Lantern, Robin, Riddler, Harley and Ghost Rider Kid.