Toronto-based illustrator Jason Edmiston has been creating pop culture art professionally for 20 years and he always uses the same model as a photo reference for his paintings: his father.
"When I have a concept sketch for a piece worked out, I pop over to my parents' house and get my dad to dress up like the character while I set up lighting to match the scene," Edmiston wrote to A Plus. "He's very accommodating and willing to pose in all sorts of ways, and always manages to get into character. He never says no to a request and is always enthusiastic. I have yet to meet a better model."
Here are five of Edmiston's most incredible pop culture illustrations next to a photo of his father posing:
1. Lo Pan
4. The Joker
5. The Lost Boys
(H/T: So Bad So Good)