Ukiyo-e was a style of Japanese art that rose to prominence in the 17th century; "ukiyo" means "floating world," hence the loose adherence to a strict physical form for the subjects at times. Ukiyo-e fan art, however, rose to prominence much more recently – it is the practice of depicting fictional characters in ukiyo-e style, and when it's done well, it's stunning.
Fortunately, there are a ton of skilled artists spread across the four corners of the Internet re-imagining your favorite characters from Game of Thrones to Pokémon, creating gender-swapped fan art and everything in between. Let's take a look at this beautiful ukiyo-e-style fan art and bask in the immense talent of those brilliant individuals who created it.
Mario & Bowser – Mario Kart
DeviantArtist thejedhenry expertly depicts a Mario Rickshaw race that Bowser, especially, seems to have been created for.
The Black Ranger – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
swadeart's line of Ukiyo-e Power Rangers is amazing, and the Black Rangers tusked armor framed by his more impressively tusked mammoth is just awesome.
Lara Croft – Tomb Raider
DeviantArtist zelldweller creates this beautiful image of the Tomb Raider crouching dangerously with the telling backdrop of a sanguine sunset.
The Green Ranger – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
The Green Ranger's kaiju puts the original sea-dwelling lizard monster to shame in this powerful installment of swadeart's Ukiyo-e Power Rangers.