No one sees the world as playful as game designer Keita Takahashi. For years on Takahashi's own Twitter and blog, he's taken photos of his daily surroundings and scribbled over them with his signature, adorable art. Sometimes they feature familiar characters (like those of Katamari or Noby Noby Boy), sometimes they come to life all on their own.
A recent sketch over what seems like a green balloon ("I found a new creature at the campground," he tweeted) ignited passion on Twitter though, as reported initially by Polygon. So much passion, that Takahashi uploaded a vacant image, and let artists run wild. The results are at once chaotic, endearing, silly, some even probably eliciting a finger wag from Takahashi himself. But it's all in good fun all the same; seeing artists from all around the world doodling silly stuff over an oblong green shape.
This boxing feline from Melbourne, Australia based designer Kaoru Notoyama has a cat that's tough and ready to rumble. Charmingly, the sketch is even animated as a gif! A rarity in the ever-waning sea of stagnant drawings.
Loot Rascals and Hohokum designer Ricky Haggett's interpretation of the green thing is one of the most unsettling. The creature has stubble on its head, is drooling, has large dark eyes. Haggett has even collaborated with Takahashi in the past on the game Tenya Wanya Teens (a game that, in all probability, will never see the light of day due to its complex controller).
KC Green's sketch of a creature pointing a gun went through the ringer a bit. Takahashi is a vocal opponent of firearms, recently tweeting about feeling conflicted upon seeing a fan design of a gun-shaped Cousin from Katamari. A Takahashi fan was quick to point out to Green of Takahashi's opposition to guns—even if reflected in a cutesy manner. So Green drew a second image, one of a critter feeling bad for pointing a gun earlier.
From the manga artist behind UFO, Takashi Kurihara, a new challenger approaches: The Master Hand.
Artist Athesiel drew my worst nightmare, a spider that's actually kinda cute.
You can find the entire thread of adorable reinterpretations of the green balloon here, which seemingly scrolls forever.