Some of you may remember our feature of Jason Ratliff‘s popular “Walking Shadows” collection, an interesting mix between detailed illustrations of people or animals with shadows based on simplified shapes and colorful patterns. In a similar style, the digital artist and illustrator has created the “Super Shadows” collection, Jason Ratliff illustrates the power of imagination through something as simple as a shadow. His whimsical works feature children posing, as their exaggerated silhouettes take on the fantastical appearance of superheroes like Batman, Ironman, and Spider-Man. These fictional characters, created in a colorful and low-poly style, represent dreams and goals. “It’s about how a kid can be anything they want to be,” Ratliff says of his aptly-titled series, Super Shadows.
Originally, the artist had created a single piece titled Hero, which depicts a young boy casting a sturdy “Superman” shadow. Without any real intention of expanding on the series, the incredibly positive response this one illustration received encouraged Ratliff to create an entire collection around the interpretive idea of children with lager than life aspirations.