Fan art is, undoubtedly, one of the most creative ways of extending the lore of the films, video games, and TV shows adored by fans. Today, social media platforms are a treasure-trove of fan art. From Pinterest to Instagram, Marvel to AMC, one can find fantastic art from adoring fans. Breaking Bad is arguably one of the best television shows of all time, with a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score and hundreds of love letters in the form of fan art, both digital and physical.
The world of Albuquerque, as imagined by Vince Gilligan and his team of cinematographers, already wowed audiences worldwide. The following pieces of Breaking Bad fan artwork could have you reaching for the remote and binge-watching the show again.
Walter & Jesse’s RV Lab
There will be more than one piece of art in this list featuring the iconic Fleetwood Bounder RV that served as a mobile laboratory for Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in season 1.
This first is a digital piece from 19-year-old artist Nipun Salian, complete with red methamphetamine smoke streaming from the chimney and the show’s iconic patio chairs.
Walter White’s Transformation By Hal Haney
Hal Haney perfectly captures Walter White’s epic transformation into Heisenberg in this monochromatic ink-drawn illustration. Who could forget Cranston’s portrayal of a desperate man on the edge, searching for an excuse to enter into a world of crime?
Walter White entered the seedy underworld of drug trafficking and cooking in Albuquerque after contracting terminal lung cancer. Along his journey, he developed an alter-ego, securing his place and safety in the criminal underbelly of New Mexico. White’s full transition from high school chemistry teacher to full-blown kingpin takes 5 seasons to be fully realized. It’s wondrous to behold the character’s journey with each binge viewing of the series in its entirety.
Gus Fring By Lukas Lundberg
Lukas Lundberg is a digital, canvas, and mural artist based in Vancouver. The artist’s pop-culture influences are evident as he has completed murals of Wonder Woman, Mulder & Scully, and Gus Fring.
Lundberg’s contemporary style and use of acrylic oranges and blues perfectly capture the stoic, respectable, and bone-chilling demeanor of Giancarlo Esposito’s portrayal of this fan favorite.
Jesse Pinkman Cooking
Alessandro Catena’s hyper-realistic pencil portrait of Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman is a throwback to season 3 when Walter and the aforementioned dealer commenced cooking up a storm at Gus Fring’s behest.
One can almost hear Pinkman’s excitement and wonder as he holds the large beaker in Catena’s artwork, conjuring the character’s catchphrase: “It’s science …!”
Walter White: The Gunslinging Meth Cook In Undies
Who could forget the first time Walter White wielded steel? He swung a firearm around in what could be the most iconic pair of tighty-whities in television history. In fact, the pair of oversized white jocks went up for auction back in 2013 and sold for an astounding $9,900.
New Jersey-born musician and artist Karlee Bloom captures the moment perfectly with acrylic paint on canvas. It’s another heartfelt throwback to the beginning of what she calls the “BEST SHOW TO HAVE EVER AIRED – BREAKING BAD!!!”
Ding Ding Ding: Hector’s Plight
Hector Salamanca, affectionately known as Tio by his nephews, is the patriarch of the Salamanca family, and a high ranking member of the Juarez Cartel. Many hated him, many loved to hate him, and everyone kind of felt sorry for Hector because he could only communicate with a bell.
Sam Johnson, a UK-born illustrator, perfectly captures Salamanca’s frustration, a reminder of that fateful moment when he rang it one final time, before consuming himself and Gus Fring in an explosion.
Gus Fring’s New Look
Ryan Stoddard, an artist and graphic designer from Georgia, created this portrait of Gus Fring after he was blown up by Walt’s pipebomb.
The piece is hardcore and visually appealing, despite the macabre inspiration for the artwork. The piece is an ode to season 4’s fantastic finale, titled “Face Off,” a dark, tongue-in-cheek play on words relating to how Gus met his fate.
One of the most tragic arcs in Jesse Pinkman’s story was how he found love in the form of Krysten Ritter’s Jane Margolis. Jane was Pinkman’s neighbor and landlord. Their relationship started after he revealed that his parents had kicked him out of their home.
Ritter’s performance was well-received by fans and critics alike. Maria Loginova’s pencil sketch of the beloved character is bittersweet when one thinks back to the tragic season 2 finale when Walt watches her overdose.
Breaking RV Meets Starry Night
Who doesn’t love a good mashup? This piece of fan art is regrammed from the private account of @akeeksha, who expertly combines the thematic elements of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” with the famed RV from Breaking Bad.
It’s complete with purple methamphetamine fumes streaming out the chimney by starlight. It’s moody, beautiful, and tugs at those nostalgic heartstrings.
Jesse & Walt
“Ah, like I came to you, begging to cook meth. Oh, hey, nerdiest old dude, I know, you wanna come cook crystal? Please. I’d ask my diaper-wearing granny, but her wheelchair wouldn’t fit in the RV.” The friendship, mentorship, and partnership that made everyone fall in love with Breaking Bad – Puck, a Thai artist and apparel designer, captures the chaos surrounding Walt’s and Jesse’s friendship. They effortlessly achieve this through their use of harsh color and their signature, sickly comic-book-esque style.
The artwork is wrought with nostalgia, as it captures perhaps the most gut-wrenching element of Breaking Bad, the tragic friendship between Walt and Pinkman.