Linda Bouderbala is an artist currently located in Paris, France. Like all artists, she can tell you that color is everything. A big part of characters, and specifically groups of characters, is the way that their colors play together.
Think of the X-Men, the Avengers, the Teletubbies, the Muppets … all of these iconic groups look as dynamic as they do, in part, because of color theory and the ways that those colors work with and against one another. Linda, who is “fond of geek and pop culture,” decided to do a little artistic experiment. She wondered what all of that color play would look like if you put a group of characters together who were all supposedly the same color.
She set out to prove and to display her simple theory:
Is the blue color of a Smurf the same as Megaman’s? I don’t think so.
After ages of work sorting characters from all over the place, making lists, deciding who goes where, researching costumes, etc., Linda was finally able to start drawing. The results speak for themselves … and for our childhoods.
We’ll start with the Yellow Team. Linda chose characters like Lisa Simpson, Pikachu, Pac-Man, Winnie The Pooh, Spongebob, a minion, and so many more. First of all, we were kind of taken aback by how many yellow characters there were that we had totally forgotten about ÛÓ but also at how different yellow is from yellow.
Check it out.
Next she did the Blue Team, and she was right. Smurf blue looks nothing like Mega Man blue. And both those shades of blue are wildly different from the grey-blue of Stitch and the bold blues seen on Dory and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Next came the Red Team. We figured there would be more continuity here since many red characters are themed with a specific shade of red, but even then Hellboy red isn’t quite the same as Deadpool red, which is definitely not the same as Mushu red or even red M&M guy.
Surely the White Team would be easier on the artist? Wrong again! White can be pure white, eggshell, snow, cream…
You get the point.
Same goes for the Orange Team, where the Lorax, Merida’s curls, Tigger, Garfield, Nemo, and Q-Bert flaunted just how many shades of orange there truly are.
The Green Team ranged from the bright yellow-green of the Grinch to a muted olivey-colored Yoda and everything in between. Even with all the reptiles and amphibians on the team, the colors are pretty different.
It’s not easy being green.
If you expected the Pink Team to be a bunch of cotton candy colored fluff, you were wrong. There are bold raspberry tones, pale pinks, a few shades that border on purple, and more than a few that dance along the lines of being almost red.
The Cheshire Cat seems to be wearing them all at once.
The Black Team is proof of what all of our goth (and fashion loving) friends have been telling us for forever ÛÓ there’s more than just black. Linda gives us deep obsidian tones, blacks that are more smoky grey, and the brownish-black Bagheera is sporting.
And is Black Panther trying to flirt with Cat Woman?
Finally we get to Team Purple. Ursula’s pale purple skin takes center stage, but she’s surrounded by so many gorgeous shades of purple that we just can’t name them all.
Take a look.
Linda’s work has been incredibly well received; her Instagram account and work on Bored Panda are both full of comments. It’s pretty easy to see why. She hit us with an artistic concept combined with a heavy dose of nostalgia, and that’s certainly a winning combo. She tends to theme her work for the months as she creates. October is full of clowns, so if that’s not your thing we promise it gets way less creeptastic as you scroll down.