What would our cartoon heroes be doing during lock-down?
We’re obsessed with the artwork of Tommy Taylor.
As lock-down continues, one of the few things keeping us sane is the illustrations that Tommy has created – exploring what our cartoon heroes would be doing during the period of enforced isolation.
Who’s your Daddy?
Tommy Taylor has envisioned a world that makes us nostalgic for cartoons we could only wish we grew up watching. One where Aladdin is tatted to the high heavens and regularly sniffs poppers, while Johnny Bravo dons a leather harness and nipple rings, and Prince Eric? Well, he’s just a total fuck-boi (honestly, are we really that surprised?).
As fun as Tommy’s masterpieces are – there is something seriously refreshing about them. In a culture utterly obsessed with six-packs and tiny waists, these drawings celebrate everything we’re told not to.
And you cannot deny that part of you always wanted to know what Ron Weasly would look like if he grew up to be a Bear. Is that bad? Absolutely not.
Like Tommy says: “I’m not bad, I just draw that way.”
We caught up with Tommy for a behind-the-scenes look at his work.
What was the inspiration behind turning cartoons into hunks?
I grew up watching so many cartoons and Disney films and always found myself secretly attracted to the princes – which I think a lot of queer people of my generation can relate to.
When I started gaining traffic on social media, I thought it would be a great way to reach my queer audience – we all had that one Disney Prince we wanted to marry as kids.
What kind of reaction do you often get from your pieces?
Usually a good one – especially the cartoon re-imagining. I also get a great response to all of the pop culture references too as it plays such a massive part in my everyday life.
Every now and then I’ll get someone on my page who isn’t queer and takes offence, but I never reply or pay it any attention.
What’s the process of creating these pieces?
Most are done on my iPad with ‘procreate’ and an iPencil.
It’s all drawn freehand with the pencil first, then inked and coloured.