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Minimalist illustrations of pop culture characters

To convey an identity, portrait artists will often plunge the depths of the subject's appearance - creases are accentuated, scars are highlighted, characteristics are enhanced to become readily-grasped visual nudges. For their illustration series, Hey Studios have stuck a colourful, chunky middle finger up to such rules.

Each of their cutesy pop culture portraits contains less detail than a postage stamp, yet manages to convey who the character is with surprising clarity.

We've selected a few of our favourites below, but you can view the full range over on the every_hey Instagram profile.

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(Images: Hey Studios)