An Artist Transforms Lion King Animals Into Humanlike Characters, and I'm Shook by the Results
Putting "sexy" and "The Lion King" in the same sentence may feel somewhat sacrilegious, but one artist has made it feel so, so right. Los Angeles-based freelance illustrator Marco Bernard has garnered quite a bit of buzz lately for giving the animals from the Disney film a humanlike makeover, transforming them from four-legged creatures to fashionably clothed characters. Spoiler alert: Mufasa looks real good.
Marco was struck with the idea to start the so-called Pridelands artwork project while binge-watching TaleSpin, a '90s cartoon on Disney+, and Beastars, an anime show on Netflix. "In [Beastars], there was a group of vicious lions, and I wondered what it would be like for Scar to be the leader of those lions," he told POPSUGAR via email.
Using an Apple Pencil on the Procreate app, he got to work on the illustrations, and as soon as he began sharing them on Instagram, the thirsty comments (see: "He could hakuna my tatas any damn day," in regards to Mufasa in particular) poured in. Some followers have even started writing stories based on his drawings. "[The response] has been incredible," he told me. "I feel like in the world of COVID-19, people have a little something to look forward to with my drawings."
Ahead, see all of Marco's Lion King illustrations in their surprisingly sexy glory, and be sure to follow him on Instagram at @mastermindsconnect to check out more of his impressive work.
This is quite possibly the most appropriate outfit possible for Scar.
I see you with that pierced ear, Kiara!
*tries to resist the temptation to make a "zaddy" joke*
Even Rafiki can get it, y'all! What is happening?!
The dress. That necklace. The slit. This is A Whooooole Look™.
Are those Nike sneakers I see?
She's serving up Adidas x Ivy Park vibes, and I'm here for it.
The tank top and chain combo is just *chef's kiss.*
What a badass.
Timon and Pumbaa
Timon's suspenders are giving me life.
10/10, would wear this outfit in real life.
That ripped shirt was such a spot-on choice.
Scar and Sarabi
These outfits are everything.
Kiara and Kovu
Sporty couple goals.
Simba and Nala
Name a better duo — I'll wait.
The Entire Lion King Cast
The gang's all here!