As a very late tribute to International Women's Day, we're showcasing these endearing portraits of young girls from popular video games and shows as kids. Although Arshad did not specifically illustrate the series for mainly that purpose, I personally felt the intensity his works can convey. By depicting little girls as strong female heroines, it gives us a hopeful vision of what they can accomplish in the future and what they can become.
“Some of those video game characters are designed to look so tough that we don't even imagine that they could have been innocent looking kids once,” Arshad wrote. “That's because they were only ever designed as the versions of themselves that have gone through a lot of hardships and battle training.”
Arshad worked on his ‘Young Heroes’ series with that in mind. He wanted to picture the innocence and unsullied spirits of those pop culture heroes before they went through every hardship in the future. “Each illustration making us feel more empathy towards the characters because we already know what hardships lie in the future for these kids,” he said.
I do believe that these are the kinds of art works and illustrations young girls should see more of, instilling the thought that they're destined for so much more.