Mike Mitchell has made his name drawing pop-culture figures for several years now. He's the guy who created the "I'm With Coco" poster that became ubiquitous back in 2010, and he's done specialized artwork for Parks and Recreation, Breaking Bad, and Adventure Time. And now, BuzzFeed has an exclusive first look at Mitchell's newest solo show at the premiere pop-culture art gallery, Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas, featuring "thirty-ish" new portraits of beloved and semi-obscure characters from all of cinema. The show will run April 26 - May 25.
"It's kind of an eclectic mix," Mitchell told BuzzFeed in a phone interview. "I like a lot of different movies. When I watch them, I see characters I really like regardless of the genre it's in. I just enjoy these characters on their own merit." Mitchell used visual references from each character's respective films (and sometimes from other movies featuring the actor in question) to create these portraits on his computer, and then gave each one a title highlighting a memorable quote from the character.
While Mitchell did draw from widely different types of films, director Quentin Tarantino held a special place in the show — Mitchell even did a portrait of Tarantino's character from Pulp Fiction. "I don't know what it is about QT, but he knows how to make loveable assholes, and Jimmie is such a loveable asshole," Mitchell wrote in a follow-up email. "Not to mention, it was a chance to pay respect to QT, who I am a huge fan of. It's definitely the one piece that I am curious to see how people will receive it."
Tarantino's portrait aside, here are six standouts from the show, along with Mitchell's thoughts about each of them.