Jed Henry is a genius. He created a series of paintings in the style of Ukiyo-e (a Japanese style of woodblock painting) of video game characters. They are amazing! See them all after the break.
The word ukiyo refers to the world of common people and e means “picture.” Thus when ukiyo-e first emerged in the late sixteenth century, it usually depicted everyday life in the city of Kyoto. It wasn’t until the eighteenth century that ukiyo-e became a popular art form, though, thanks partly to advances in woodblock printing techniques. Also, familiar subjects like kabuki actors and beautiful women came to be depicted around this time, and books carrying illustrations by young ukiyo-e artists were widely circulated. These factors helped ukiyo-e become a part of Japan’s popular culture.
Click on each image for a larger version, there are some amazing details and so much life in each of these.