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* Season 8 episode 12 of ''Animation/HappyHeroes'' has Careful S. purchase a magic pen that brings anything drawn with it to life as long as the drawing is realistic enough. He tries to draw [[spoiler:his dead friend Kalo]] when Huo Haha's owl takes the pen from him and gives it to Big M. to use... unfortunately, Big M. is a TerribleArtist and Little M. has to hire an art teacher to give him lessons on how to draw.


* In ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'', the Cunning Man tries to attack Tiffany by [[PortalPicture emerging from an illustration]] of himself in an ancient copy of ''The Bonfire Of The Witches''. A variant, in that it's known that he wrote the book, but unclear if he also drew the illustrations.

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* In ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'', ''Literature/IShallWearMidnight'', the Cunning Man tries to attack Tiffany by [[PortalPicture emerging from an illustration]] of himself in an ancient copy of ''The Bonfire Of The Witches''. A variant, in that it's known that he wrote the book, but unclear if he also drew the illustrations.

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* In ''WebOriginal/SanctumOCT'', Santi can bring any form of art to life, regardless of whether it's a painting, a statue, a book or origami.


* ''Literature/TheInkworldTrilogy'' has an interesting version of this trope. Very rarely, some is born who is able to read anything, animal or human, out of books and into the real world, or vice versa. Much of the books' plots come from the machinations of fictional characters brought into reality, who either scheme to take advantage of their new position or to return to their stories.

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* ''Literature/TheInkworldTrilogy'' has an interesting version of this trope. Very rarely, some someone is born who is able to read anything, animal or human, out of books and into the real world, or vice versa. Much of the books' plots come from the machinations of fictional characters brought into reality, who either scheme to take advantage of their new position or to return to their stories.


* ''Literature/BookOfImaginaryBeings'': A painter named Chang Seng-yu once made a wall painting depicting four dragons, but left out the eyes. When people complained about this, the annoyed Chang completed two of figures, which turned into real dragons with a thunderclap and ascended to Heaven while the two eyeless ones remained paintings.

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* ''Literature/BookOfImaginaryBeings'': A painter named Chang Seng-yu once made a wall painting depicting four dragons, but left out the eyes. When people complained about this, the annoyed Chang completed two of the figures, which turned into real dragons with a thunderclap and ascended to Heaven while the two eyeless ones remained paintings.



* A children's book by Italian author Gianni Rodari. In retrospect, it's a bit strange...

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* Ixidor from Literature/MagicTheGathering who created his own paradise with paint from his own blood. As well as building an angel from his arm.

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* ''Literature/MagicTheGathering'': Ixidor from Literature/MagicTheGathering who created his own paradise with paint from his own blood. As blood, as well as building an angel from his arm.



* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''Demontage''.

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* ''The Oval Portrait'', a short story by Creator/EdgarAllanPoe, [[InvertedTrope inverts this]]: the narrator, an artist, is absolutely focused on creating the most perfect and beautiful portrait of his beloved. He pours so much time, attention, and skill into it that he neglects to notice his beloved is wasting away sitting for the portrait. By the time he finishes, it does indeed look so perfect, so enchanting, that it seems to have captured life--which is actually true, for his beloved collapses to the floor, dead, all her strength and life having been drained from her to now live on in the portrait forever.
* There is an interesting version of this trope in ''Literature/TheInkworldTrilogy'' by Cornelia Funke. Two persons are able to read everything, animal or human, out of books. For example, the main character Maggie reads Tinker Bell from Peter Pan alive.

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* ''The Oval Portrait'', a short story by Creator/EdgarAllanPoe, [[InvertedTrope inverts this]]: the narrator, an artist, is absolutely focused on creating the most perfect and beautiful portrait of his beloved. He pours so much time, attention, and skill into it that he neglects to notice his beloved is wasting away sitting for the portrait. By the time he finishes, it does indeed look so perfect, so enchanting, that it seems to have captured life--which life -- which is actually true, for his beloved collapses to the floor, dead, all her strength and life having been drained from her to now live on in the portrait forever.
* There is an interesting version of this trope in ''Literature/TheInkworldTrilogy'' by Cornelia Funke. Two persons are has an interesting version of this trope. Very rarely, some is born who is able to read everything, anything, animal or human, out of books. For example, books and into the main character Maggie reads Tinker Bell real world, or vice versa. Much of the books' plots come from Peter Pan alive.the machinations of fictional characters brought into reality, who either scheme to take advantage of their new position or to return to their stories.



* A variant in a ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine short story, "A Brush with Life" by Tim Emswiler, in which a young D&D player paints two miniature figures so realistically that they come to life when he adds reflections to their eyes. He finds this to be a pain, and when one of them kills the other, he squashes the survivor with a book.
* A variant occurs in ''Literature/TollTheHounds'', book eight of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen''. MadArtist Kadaspala has spent the millennium or so he's been imprisoned in a pocket dimension tattooing an intricate pattern on those who are too weak or too damaged to [[FateWorseThanDeath haul the giant wagon they are chained to]] and thus are adding to said wagon's weight. By doing this, Kadaspala intends to create a god for the entire purpose of taking revenge on Anomander Rake for allegedly being involved in his sister's death. He actually succeeds in bringing the Child God to life. [[spoiler:However, it does not live long enough to do much damage.]]
* One character from Jack Vance's ''Literature/DyingEarth'' encounters an old man who never ceases playing a flute, and a young woman who claims to be his daughter, whose movements and moods always correspond to the music he plays. It's never stated outright, but it's strongly implied that she ''is'' the music of the flute, manifested in physical form, and he doesn't stop playing because she would die if he did.

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* A variant in a ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine short story, ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'': In "A Brush with Life" Life", a short story by Tim Emswiler, in which a young D&D ''D&D'' player paints two miniature figures so realistically that they come to life when he adds reflections to their eyes. He finds this to be a pain, and when one of them kills the other, he squashes the survivor with a book.
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'': A variant occurs in ''Literature/TollTheHounds'', book eight of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen''.''Literature/TollTheHounds''. MadArtist Kadaspala has spent the millennium or so he's been imprisoned in a pocket dimension tattooing an intricate pattern on those who are too weak or too damaged to [[FateWorseThanDeath haul the giant wagon they are chained to]] and thus are adding to said wagon's weight. By doing this, Kadaspala intends to create a god for the entire purpose of taking revenge on Anomander Rake for allegedly being involved in his sister's death. He actually succeeds in bringing the Child God to life. [[spoiler:However, it does not live long enough to do much damage.]]
* ''Literature/DyingEarth'': One character from Jack Vance's ''Literature/DyingEarth'' encounters an old man who never ceases playing a flute, and a young woman who claims to be his daughter, whose movements and moods always correspond to the music he plays. It's never stated outright, but it's strongly implied that she ''is'' the music of the flute, manifested in physical form, and he doesn't stop playing because she would die if he did.

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* ''Literature/BookOfImaginaryBeings'': A painter named Chang Seng-yu once made a wall painting depicting four dragons, but left out the eyes. When people complained about this, the annoyed Chang completed two of figures, which turned into real dragons with a thunderclap and ascended to Heaven while the two eyeless ones remained paintings.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/VictorAndValentino'' episode "Balloon Boys" features the boys visiting the Nazca Lines, which legend has it make anything drawn on the ground come to life. Victor and Valentino test this by making their own lines; first Victor gives himself a bigger brain, then Valentino turns Vic into a monkey, then Vic turns Val into a (literal) big crybaby. When they are stranded on the ground, Victor draws a giant dragon to scare away a pack of vicious alpacas, which backfires when the dragon then comes after them, and they have to erase the drawing to save themselves.


* On ''WesternAnimation/FrankensteinJr and The Impossibles'', one of the Impossibles' foes was the Diabolical Dauber (voiced by Creator/PaulWinchell), who used his paintbrush and canvas to create a giraffe and a laughing hyena.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/FrankensteinJr and The Impossibles'', WesternAnimation/TheImpossibles'', one of the Impossibles' foes was the Diabolical Dauber (voiced by Creator/PaulWinchell), who used his paintbrush and canvas to create a giraffe and a laughing hyena.

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* In [[https://garfield.com/comic/2015/05/10 this]] ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip, Garfield uses a pencil to draw a cupboard door, which he then opens to retrieve a pie.
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* Many religions have this as part of their creation story. God (or ''a'' god) ''sculpts'' humans and imbues it with "the breath of life," from clay, dust, or cloth. In Jewish tradition, this led to the legend of the {{Golem}}, where a mystic does the same thing using a [[WordsCanBreakMyBones word of power]], but with only enough intelligence to follow orders. In Aztec mythology, an early experiment with corn sheaves resulted in monkeys instead of people. Usually, the material used for... let's call them "undesirables" is dung.

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* Many religions have this as part of their creation story. God (or ''a'' god) ''sculpts'' humans and imbues it with "the breath of life," from clay, dust, or cloth. In Jewish tradition, this led to the legend of the {{Golem}}, where a mystic does the same thing using a [[WordsCanBreakMyBones word of power]], but with only enough intelligence to follow orders. In Aztec mythology, Myth/AztecMythology, an early experiment with corn sheaves resulted in monkeys instead of people. Usually, the material used for... let's call them "undesirables" is dung.


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* One of the later episodes of ''Series/TheWorstWitch'' reveals that protagonist [[CuteClumsyGirl Mildred]] [[BookDumb Hubble]] has the ability to turn her drawings to life. This previously unknown talent earns her a place in the prestigious WeirdsisterCollege. Even Ms. Hardbroom is impressed.

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* One of the later episodes of ''Series/TheWorstWitch'' reveals that protagonist [[CuteClumsyGirl Mildred]] [[BookDumb Hubble]] has the ability to turn her drawings to life. This previously unknown talent earns her a place in the prestigious WeirdsisterCollege.[[WizardingSchool Weirdsister College]]. Even Ms. Hardbroom is impressed.


* ''WesternAnimation/SimonInTheLandOfChalkDrawings'' has this as the premise, that anything Simon draws on his magic chalkboard come to life in the Land of Chalk Drawings, and he can interact with them there.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SimonInTheLandOfChalkDrawings'' ''Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings'' has this as the premise, that anything Simon draws on his magic chalkboard come to life in the Land of Chalk Drawings, and he can interact with them there.


Compare with RewritingReality, where the written word becomes real. Can result in PygmalionPlot. See also PortalPicture, ArtAttacker.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Pablo}}'', anything drawn in Pablo's animated world turn into real objects.


* Every problem and fight-able enemy in ''VideoGame/BendyAndTheInkMachine'' comes from the Ink Machine that was used to bring Joey Drew Studios' [[{{Toon}} cartoon]] creations, such as [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Bendy]], to life.

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* Every problem and fight-able enemy in ''VideoGame/BendyAndTheInkMachine'' comes from the Ink Machine that was used to bring Joey Drew Studios' [[{{Toon}} cartoon]] creations, such as [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Bendy]], to life. However, the art rarely comes to life looking how it's supposed to, and deformed monstrous versions are created instead.

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