Real-Life ‘Avengers’ Cast Recreated As Marvel-Ous, Eye-Catching Illustrations



Images by Xi Ding and featured with permission

Instead of modeling his sketches after Marvel’s original Avengers superheroes from the comics, artist Xi Ding has drawn inspiration from the real-life cast members of the films.

This includes Benedict Cumberbatch—the Dr Strange lead recently vowed to accept roles only if his female co-stars were paid equal—Robert Downey Jr. as ‘Tony Stark’, Chris Hemsworth as ‘Thor’, Chris Evans as ‘Captain America’, Chris Pratt as ‘Star-Lord’, Scarlett Johansson as ‘Black Widow’, and more.

For nearly a decade, the face design specialist has been working as a live performance caricature artist, with six of experience in digital illustration under his belt.

All this practice has helped Xi Ding learn how to deftly exaggerate facial qualities, a skill that’s evident in his Marvel-ous Avengers-themed drawings, shared through @xidingart on Instagram.

“I use the painting app ‘Procreate’ on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil for all of the Avengers drawings,” writes the artist inside an email to DesignTAXI.

It takes the caricature creator almost a day to finish each piece. While they might look incredible to many of his fans, Xi Ding admits that he isn’t always fully satisfied with the results.

“Some faces are very difficult to stylize. For example, that of ‘Captain America’ (played by Chris Evans), which took me almost a week, on and off, for getting the final design, and I’m not even happy with it.”

“Many ask me how to do this kind of cartoon designs. I think the first and crucial step is to have a very solid foundation in realistic drawing and a good understanding of anatomy. Then one can learn the language of stylization by studying other artists’ designs.”

Each graphic comes with a layer-for-layer breakdown that sheds light on Xi Ding’s creative process, with his project files available for purchase online.

Enjoy a selection of Xi Ding’s art below and follow the illustrator on Instagram @xidingart for regular updates on his work.

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Benedict Cumberbatch as ‘Dr Strange’

Dr. Strange! Follow @xidingart for more original art! . . . #benedictcumberbatch #drstrange #marvelfanart #infinitywar #infinitywarfanart #benedictcumberbatchfanart #infinitywar #avengersfanart #digitalart #procreateart #ipadproart #characterdesign #caricature #cartoonystyle #karikatur #digitalkarikatur #portraitkarikatur #cartoonized

A post shared by Xi Ding (@xidingart) on Apr 4, 2018 at 4:46pm PDT

SWIPE ▶️ Layer for layer breakdown. Follow @xidingart for more! 📣Original files (Procreate and PSD with all layers for three rendering styles + Video + Full resolution images + Brushes) are available on Rumroad now- Use promo-code „vienna“ to get 50% off! Click the link in my bio. . . #digitalarttutorial #digitalpaintingtutorial #procreatetutorial #ipadproart #marvelfanart #infinitywar #drstrange #benedictcumberbatch #digitalmalerei #digitalkunst #fanart #caricature #karikatur #characterdesign #zeichnenlernen

A post shared by Xi Ding (@xidingart) on Apr 5, 2018 at 5:07pm PDT

Scarlett Johansson as ‘Black Widow’

Black Widow as Cartoon Figure. Follow @xidingart for the painting process breakdown, and more original art and tutorials! . . . #blackwidowfanart #marvelfanart #nataliaromanova #infinitywarfanart #infinitywar #scarlettjohansson #scarlettjohanssonfans #scarlettjohanssonfanart #portraitcartoon #caricature #caricatureportrait #karikatur #portraitkarikatur #digitalkarikatur #digitalartwork #digitalportrait

A post shared by Xi Ding (@xidingart) on Mar 10, 2018 at 7:59pm PST

SWIPE > Layer for layer breakdown of my last black widow character. Follow @xidingart for more original art and tutorials! . . . #digitalpaintingtutorial #howtodraw #arttutorial #procreatetutorial #digitalarttutorial #blackwidowfanart #marvelfanart #nataliaromanova #infinitywarfanart #infinitywar #scarlettjohansson #scarlettjohanssonfans #scarlettjohanssonfanart #portraitcartoon #caricature #caricatureportrait #karikatur #portraitkarikatur #digitalkarikatur #digitalartwork #digitalportrait

A post shared by Xi Ding (@xidingart) on Mar 11, 2018 at 2:28pm PDT

Robert Downey Jr. as ‘Tony Stark’

Tony Stark as cartoon figure. Will post layer for layer breakdown soon. Follow @xidingart for more original art and tutorials! . . . #tonystarkfanart #ironmanfanart #spidermanhomecoming #robertdownyjr #robertdowneyjrfan #cartooncharacter #portraitcartoon #caricatureart #caricature #portrait #karikatur #karikaturdigital #portraitkarikatur

A post shared by Xi Ding (@xidingart) on Mar 3, 2018 at 7:00pm PST

Layer for layer breakdown of my Tony Stark caricature. Follow @xidingart for more original art and tutorials! . . . #marvelfanart #digitalarttutorial #arttutorial #digitalpaintingtutorial #digitalpaintings #procreatetutorial #spidermanhomecomingfanart #spidermanhomecomingmovie #tonystarkfanart #robertdowneyjrfan #robertdownyjr #rdjfans #howtopaintdigitally #digitalmalerei #digitalkunst #digitalzeichnen #drawing_expression #within9781 #art_insanely #artistsuniversity

A post shared by Xi Ding (@xidingart) on Mar 5, 2018 at 3:21pm PST

Chris Pratt as ‘Star-Lord’

Starlord! Follow @xidingart for technique breakdown of this piece soon, and for more original art! #marvelfanart#peterquillfanart #gaurdiansofthegalaxy #gardiansofthegalaxy #starlordfanart #chrisprattfanart #cartoonstyle #caricature #digitalcartoon #procreateart

A post shared by Xi Ding (@xidingart) on Mar 25, 2018 at 3:42pm PDT

SWIPE->Layer for layer breakdown of my Peter Quill cartoon. Follow @xidingart for more original content! . . . #digitalarttutorial #arttutorial #digitalpaintingtutorial #marvelfanart #marvelcharacters #procreatetutorial #procreateart #howtodraw #chrisprattfanart #peterquill #starlordfanart #guardiansofthegalaxyfanart #guardiansofthegalaxyvol2 #caricature #digitalzeichnen #digitalmalen #digitalportrait #zeichentipps #cartooncharacter

A post shared by Xi Ding (@xidingart) on Mar 26, 2018 at 3:46pm PDT

Chris Hemsworth as ‘Thor’

Thor, God of Thunder. Follow @xidingart for more cartoon figure design and original art! . . . #chrishemsworth #chrishemsworthfanpage #marvelfanart #thorfanart #thorfan #thorragnorok #chrishemsworthfanart #caricature #cartoonystyle #cartoonystyle #karikatur #digitalkarikatur #procreateart #ipadproart #characterdesign #infinitywar

A post shared by Xi Ding (@xidingart) on Apr 6, 2018 at 6:20pm PDT

God of Thunder, now with short hair as requested 🙂 follow @xidingart for more original art and tutorials! . #thorragnarok #thorfanart #marvelfanart #infinitywar #infinitywarfanart #chrishemsworth #chrishemsworthfanpage #avengersinfinitywar #avengersfanart #avengers #procreateart #ipadproart #digitalcaricature #caricature #cartoonystyle #characterdesign

A post shared by Xi Ding (@xidingart) on Apr 14, 2018 at 12:36pm PDT

SWIPE ▶️ Layer for layer breakdown. Follow @xidingart for more! 📣 I offer the original files and the process video on Gumroad. Link in bio! . . #digitalarttutorial #digitalpaintingtutorial #procreatetutorial #ipadproart #marvelfanart #infinitywar #thorragnarok #chrishemsworth #chrishemworth #thorfanart #thor #avengersfanart #digitalmalerei #digitalkunst #fanart #caricature #karikatur #characterdesign #zeichnenlernen #cartooncharacters

A post shared by Xi Ding (@xidingart) on Apr 7, 2018 at 12:56pm PDT

Chris Evans as ‘Captain America’

Captain America, finally! This one took me very long…Follow @xidingart for more original art and tutorials! . #steverogers #captainamerica #fanart #marvelfanart #chrisevans #chrisevansfanart #chrisevansfan #cartoonystyle #characterdesign #caricature #karikatur #captainamericafanart #infinitywar #procreateart #ipadproart #avengersfanart

A post shared by Xi Ding (@xidingart) on Apr 22, 2018 at 6:48pm PDT

Swipe ➡️ Layer breakdown of my last painting. Follow @xidingart for more! Next character: Thanos! . #procreatetutorial #digitalpaintingtutorial #digitalarttutorial #digitalmalerei #fanart #chrisevans #captainamerica #infinitywar #marvelfanart #analyticalrendering #zeichentipps #zeichnenlernen

A post shared by Xi Ding (@xidingart) on Apr 26, 2018 at 3:45pm PDT

Chadwick Boseman as ‘Black Panther’

Cartoon version of the Black Panther. Follow @xidingart for more original art! . . #art_insanely #drawing_expression #within9781 #artistsuniversity

A post shared by Xi Ding (@xidingart) on Feb 16, 2018 at 1:41pm PST

Follow @xidingart for more layer by layer breakdown of my rendering technique! #drawing_expression

A post shared by Xi Ding (@xidingart) on Feb 17, 2018 at 6:55pm PST

[all images by Xi Ding and featured with permission]

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