My, what a small face you have! Cartoonist draws Disney's leading men without their iconic beards to hilarious results
Cartoonist and comic book artist Annie Erskine was watching The Little Mermaid one evening when she wondered what King Triton would look like without his beard.
So the 24-year-old from Bowling Green, Kentucky, who works as a freelance graphic designer for The Cartoon Network, set about 'shaving' him.
The response she received from family and friends was so great that she decided to de-beard other beloved Disney characters, and quickly created a collection of hairless leading men.
Using Photoshop and a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet, it took Miss Erskine up to 45minutes to complete each image -- 'depending on the complexity of the beard'.
'Most Disney art is fairly simplistic to mimic so it isn't hard,' she told MailOnline. 'The most difficult one to date would have to be the Atlantis King. He had that crazy robe!'
Rather than sending a complex message about Disney and its male characters, Miss Erskine said she simply wanted to 'make people smile' with her illustrations.
Honestly, as a cartoonist myself, sometimes it's more fun to exaggerate proportions. I was just hoping to convey laughter. . . I wanted people to get a kick out of something,' she said, adding that she also played with adding beards to clean shaven Disney characters.
So far Aladdin, Gaston from Beauty and the Beast and Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty have been given some facial hair.
Miss Erksine, who has been drawing 'since she could hold a pencil' and making comics since she was in high school, was first hired as an illustrator by a local newspaper in 2007.
In 2010 she began Happy Doodle Studios, a LLC to host all of her business and art ventures, before creating a comic book company, Ionic Comics.
She is currently working on her own comic book creation, Magia High, about an ordinary 15-year-old girl who one day woke up with a pair of wings and a halo.
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