Little Girls Illustrated As Fierce And Darling Pop Culture Characters

Professional artist/animator Sheharzad Arshad illustrates young girls as strong female characters complete with armor, tattoos, and more.

Xavier10 months ago in Stories

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.

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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.

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You may see the rest of his works here.

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Illustration by Sheharzad Arshad #arshad #sheharzadarshad #artist #popculture #illustrator #avatar #katara
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Illustration by Sheharzad Arshad #arshad #sheharzadarshad #artist #popculture #illustrator
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From the series "Young Heroes" #arshad #sheharzadarshad #artist #popculture #illustrator
From the series "Young Heroes" #arshad #sheharzadarshad #artist #popculture #illustrator
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Popculture illustration #arshad #sheharzadarshad #artist #popculture #illustrator
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From the series "Young Heroes" #arshad #sheharzadarshad #artist #popculture #illustrator #starwars
From the series "Young Heroes" #arshad #sheharzadarshad #artist #popculture #illustrator #starwars
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From the series "Young Heroes" #arshad #sheharzadarshad #artist #popculture #illustrator
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