Cartoon Versions Of Chemical Elements

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arsnicTired of the same old peri­odic table? Want to breathe some fresh air into the stale old chem­i­cals? That’s is exactly what ani­ma­tor and illus­tra­tor Kay­cie D. decided to take on a mas­sive char­ac­ter design project. In her the­sis project– titled Ele­ments – Exper­i­ments in Char­ac­ter Design- at Mil­wau­kee Insti­tute of Art & Design, Kay­cie decided she would design a char­ac­ter based on each of the known chem­i­cal ele­ments in the peri­odic table, until she had a com­plete world of science-inspired car­toon characters.

The idea sprang from Kay­cie D.‘s chem­istry classes. One class showed a video in which the nar­ra­tor per­son­i­fied some of the ele­ments, and this lit­tle spart struck a chord in her mind. She began draw­ing dif­fer­ent ele­ments as human char­ac­ters and devel­op­ing back sto­ries for them. She decided to expand on that pas­sion for her the­sis, tak­ing a char­ac­ter­is­tic of each ele­ment, or the story behind the element’s name, and cre­at­ing a char­ac­ter based on that.

In the result­ing work, some of the ele­ments are suit-wearing sci­en­tists or char­ac­ters from Greek mythol­ogy, but many of them are fan­tas­ti­cal heroes and vil­lains. Her next step? Kay­cie D. may decide to write full sto­ries for each of her spe­cial characters.

Here are some of her designs (orig­i­nally pub­lished at The Mary Sue):












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