If you've seen the Miguel Vasquez, you'll be somewhat prepared to experience the world-rattling renders he made of Rick and Morty, the mad scientist and grandson from the Cartoon Network's animated sci-fi comedy.created by digital artist
Vasquez unveiled his uncanny renditions on social media Saturday.
"I've gotten so many requests to do a Rick and Morty piece, but never did because I had never watched a Rick and Morty episode," Vasquez told me. He watched the first episode to get a better sense of the characters and their personalities.
Based on the level of detail, you might think Vasquez is a superfan. Zoom in to enjoy the glossy drool on Rick's chin.
"Much like Homer Simpson, I googled images of what Rick and Morty would look like in a hyper-realistic way with the body proportions that they have, but I couldn't find any convincing ones," Vasquez said. "So that's when I gave it a shot and created my own version of them in a hyperrealistic way." He used digital sculpting software ZBrush.
Vasquez seems to be exploring his own peculiar offshoot of the uncanny valley. The distance between humanity and exaggerated animated characters melts away. We see the wrinkles around eyes, the roughness of a tongue, the fall of a shirt's fabric.
It's disconcertingly close to ourselves. That's why we can't look away.