Pop Art

Categories: Vector Art, Inspiration

Pop Art was born in the roaring fifties and quickly became one of the most prominent art movements of the 20th century. A consumer and media boom took place, and visual artists started to interpret ideas, themes and motifs specific to consumer products, mass media, social concerns, advertising and comics. To quote Andy Warhol, “Pop Art is all about liking things”.

Today, Californian artist Mel Marcelo is following in the Pope of Pop’s footsteps, transforming the ordinary into extraordinary. Marcelo’s wonderful digital artworks are full of familiar faces and objects, setting him firmly in place as the 2000s heir of the Pop Art movement.

American artists such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Liechtenstein and British artists such as Peter Blake, David Hockney and Richard Hamilton shared interests in the consumer/urban/modern experience and gladly embraced the imagery of the popular culture and style. Using advertisements, photos from celebrities as Elvis Presley, Jacky Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe; cartoons as Superman, Mickey Mouse and Popeye and everyday objects as Kellogg’s boxes and Campbell’s soup cans, their audacity scandalized the art establishment at first. By the mid sixties, Pop Art took the world by storm and became an important part of the swinging and fashionable lifestyle of New York, London and Paris. The fresh art movement coincided with the birth of youth and pop culture, and soon Pop Art would dominate world’s art scene and the names and work of Pop Art icons Johns, Warhol or Liechtenstein became familiar to many.


Mel Marcelo, Pop Art for the New Generation


With internet at the center of mass media, Pop Art gains a different significance. Today, brand new technology and social network platforms introduce fresh ideas and possibilities. Much like post 2000 pop music, the “Nu Pop Art” is a light-hearted, sample driven tribute to pop and movie stars and other well-known products and celebrities.

Appealing to a broad audience, Mel Marcelo’s signature vector illustrations make him undoubtedly the “Prince of Pop Art”. Using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software as weapon of choice, his vibrant prints redefine Pop Art for our generation. His works range from art portraits of President Obama, Megan Fox, Notorious Big, Leonardo di Caprio, Shaun White; editorial illustrations; party and concert posters; graphics and prints for fashion and lifestyle brands as Oakley, Vans and Paul Frank.

With his finger on the pulse of the popular culture of the last 5 decades, Mel Marcelo transforms cultural references into powerful icons that speak to us today. Just as was the case with the work of the first wave of Pop artists, Marcelo’s poignant imagery of everything popular and trendy becomes a strong brand itself.


James Dean Giant Japan Vector Art Poster


James Dean Giant (Japan Vector Art Poster)

“Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.” - James Dean


Jim Morisson, The Mythical Lizard King


Jim Morisson, The Mythical Lizard King

Vector artwork of Jim Morrison based on the iconic photo by Joel Brodsky.


Jimi Hendrix Electric Vector Art Poster


Jimi Hendrix Electric Vector Art Poster

“Are you experienced? Have you ever been experienced?” - Jimi Hendrix


Lady Gaga Limited Edition Vector Art Poster


Lady Gaga Limited Edition Vector Art Poster

"You have to be unique, and different, and shine in your own way." - Lady Gaga


Vector Art Illustration of Lady Gaga


Vector Art Illustration of Lady Gaga

"They can't scare me, if I scare them first." - Lady Gaga


Barack Obama Vector Star Art


Barack Obama Vector Star Art

“I’m so overexposed, I’m making Paris Hilton look like a recluse.” - President Obama


Obama “Yes We Can” Vector Graphics


Obama “Yes We Can” Vector Graphics

“This is our moment. This is our time.” - President Obama


Megan Fox Vector Art Illustration


Megan Fox Vector Art Illustration

“I have a mouth and I'm not afraid to use it.” - Megan Fox


Wallstreet Vector Graphics: Michael Douglas


Wallstreet Vector Graphics: Michael Douglas

“To quote Sun-Tzu: If your enemy is superior, evade him. If angry, irritate him. If equally matched, fight, and if not split and reevaluate.” - Bud Fox


Elizabeth Banks Girl Power Poster


Elizabeth Banks Girl Power Poster

“I am not afraid of much. I kill all the spiders in my house, and I'm planning to go skydiving. I am into girl power, and I'm very self-sufficient.” - Elizabeth Banks


Biggie Smalls aka Notorious Big Artwork.


Biggie Smalls aka Notorious Big Artwork.

Vector art portrait of the late, great rap artist.


Notorious Big Vector Art Close Up.


Notorious Big Vector Art Close Up.

“Just tryin' to keep it real and all-black. Just bangin', you know?” - Biggie Smalls


Billy Idol Vector Art


Billy Idol Vector Art

“If your world doesn't allow you to dream, move to one where you can.” - Billy Idol


Vector Portrait of Björk, The Fragile Queen of Extravaganza


Vector Portrait of Björk, The Fragile Queen of Extravaganza

“I love being a very personal singer-songwriter, but I also like being a scientist or explorer.” - Björk


River Phoenix Vector Art Tribute


River Phoenix Vector Art Tribute

“I don't want to die in a car accident. When I die it'll be a glorious day. It'll probably be a waterfall.” - River Phoenix


Justice's Xavier De Rosnay Vector Art


Justice's Xavier De Rosnay Vector Art

“Do the dance, do the dance. You’re always there for music and me.” - Justice


Kaká, Brazilian Football Star


Kaká, Brazilian Football Star

“Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that.” – Bill Shankly


Go! Inglourious Basterds Go! Pop Art Vector Poster.


Go! Inglourious Basterds Go! Pop Art Vector Poster.

“You probably heard we ain't in the prisoner-takin' business; we’re in the killin' Nazi business. And business is a-boomin'. - Lieutenant Aldo Raine


Shutter Island Vintage Style Vector Illustration of Leonardo DiCaprio


Shutter Island Vintage Style Vector Illustration of Leonardo DiCaprio

“Don't you get it? You're a rat in a maze. You'll never leave this island.” - George Noyce


Bruce Lee Kung Fu Hero Art

Bruce Lee Kung Fu Hero Art

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” – Bruce Lee


©Mel Marcelo 1995-2010. All Rights Reserved. Images, footage, trademarks and copyrights are property of their respective owners.

Related tags: Advertising, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Digital Art, Elvis Presley, Graphics, Illustrations, Jacky Kennedy, Jasper Johns, Leonardo Di Caprio, London, Marilyn Monroe, Megan Fox, Mel Marcelo, Mixed Media, New York, Notorious Big, Paris, Peter Blake, Pop Art, President Obama, Richard Hamilton, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Liechtenstein, Shaun White, Sixties

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1 Constantin Stelpstra says...
True pop, amazing art

Posted at 6:43 p.m. on March 23, 2010

2 Abhilash says...
can i get theese

Posted at 2:57 p.m. on April 8, 2010

3 geovanna says...

Posted at 6:14 p.m. on April 8, 2010

4 rosyid says...

Posted at 4:54 a.m. on April 11, 2010

5 benedik says...
i can't stop staring at these. AWESOME.

Posted at 2:37 p.m. on April 23, 2010

6 Jass Martek says...
Amazing Post. Really great vector Pop-Portraits.

Posted at 8:42 p.m. on April 29, 2010

7 Leo Sopicki says...
The "the roaring fifties"? You obviously were not there. But the art is great.

Posted at 1:34 a.m. on May 4, 2010

8 Lily Garth says...
Would you be willing to sell any of these? By chance? Or if you have any prints of them. email me - LilyLovesickk@gmail.com

Posted at 9:02 p.m. on May 31, 2010

9 MasWid says...
Any possibility on tutorial for this kind of art? Amazing is not good enough .... simply take your breath away

Posted at 8:25 a.m. on June 2, 2010

10 mareo Harris says...
hey, who is the artist behind this great work? I am interested in paying them to do some work for me. please call me @ 706.508.3891 or email me at mareo_harris@yahoo.com thanks

Posted at 1:50 a.m. on June 12, 2010

11 ellie says...
I love Illustration of Leonardo DiCaprio :) That's so cooooooool. If you don't mind, I'd like to reblog the illustration on my page. Of course with proper links & credits :D

Posted at 11:18 a.m. on July 8, 2010

12 Alia says...
omg amazing work they're all perfectly done .Can u put up some tutorial on this work please? thanks

Posted at 11:36 a.m. on August 10, 2010

13 Ygor says...
A - M - A - ZING!

Posted at 10:38 p.m. on August 23, 2010

14 Darren Angus says...
Mel Marcelo must be one of the most original illustrators around. I simply loooove all his artworks. I truly hope one day I will be as good as this...

Posted at 4:28 a.m. on October 28, 2010

15 Geir Omar says...
* Coolest pop art vectors ever!

Posted at 2:59 a.m. on October 29, 2010

16 Zion Lion says...
Love 'em all #

Posted at 2:46 p.m. on October 30, 2010

17 PowWow Goran says...
Absolutely fabulous!

Posted at 10:50 p.m. on November 6, 2010

18 dhimant says...

Posted at 12:09 p.m. on December 11, 2010

19 Varun says...
Hey, tutorials for this one would be great. Sincere request.

Posted at 11:08 a.m. on January 14, 2011

20 Jake Dickerson says...
True pop, amazing art

Posted at 6:56 a.m. on March 22, 2011

21 Martin says...
Freaking amazing! i love it :D

Posted at 5:40 p.m. on March 30, 2011

22 Jason May says...
Wow. Thats all I can say. These are great masterpieces! How do I go about paying the artist to make one of me? I am a fellow artist/musician. I would love to have one for a album cover or a poster.

Posted at 8:05 a.m. on April 1, 2011

23 Noah Vickers says...
Hello, I'm studying Pop Art for my art GCSE and I was wondering how to you section off the shading for block colour 'cause that's the hardest thing to do in my opinion

Posted at 7:50 p.m. on April 5, 2011

24 Miriã says...
Dude! How do you do thaaat?! Its amazing my friend!! I'm brazilien, from Amazonas haha and I'm here looking your site cause i'd saw in thefancy.com , congrats, is very nice...

Posted at 12:52 a.m. on May 19, 2011

25 pitulastman says...
sangar (cool)

Posted at 10:14 p.m. on June 24, 2011

26 Annaice says...

Posted at 8:30 a.m. on August 4, 2011

27 paqoo says...

Posted at 12:59 a.m. on August 13, 2011

28 TAINT says...

Posted at 10:07 a.m. on October 7, 2011

29 Agus says...
Mrinding aku, gambare apik-apik. super keren dan inspiring.

Posted at 2:53 a.m. on November 11, 2011

30 Chex Designer says...
Totally Inspirational, the better i never seen.!!!

Posted at 7:48 a.m. on November 23, 2011

31 hugo says...
uufffff !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted at 10:49 p.m. on April 11, 2012

32 ellyn estrada says...
A big WOW!! :))

Posted at 11:25 a.m. on May 7, 2012

33 Mads Poulsen says...
Wauw! Very impressing and inspiring! Thanks for sharing the collection! Great work!!

Posted at 10:27 p.m. on May 17, 2012

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