Illustrations & Creatures by Luiza Kwiatkowska

Luiza ‘Lui’ Kwiatkowska’s practice incorporates illustration, character design, tattoo art and climate activism. Choosing projects that reflect her values, she uses her drawing skills to support climate movements and pro-animal organisations.

Collaborations include Fish Skateboards, for whom she designed longboard graphics with the message ‘Save Water. Save Life’, and the Bee’s Knees brand, who commissioned her unique collection of ‘Carrot Lover’ enamel pins. She is greatly influenced by the Japanese animator and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayo Miyazaki, whose focus on love, friendship and the inextricable relationship between humans and the natural world is certainly one she shares.











































































































SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/11/illustrations-creatures-by-luiza-kwiatkowska/

Artist Illustrated 30 Mermaids For Two Years And Here Is The Eerie Yet Whimsical Result

My Zero Mermaid

According to Jana Heidersdorf: “About two years ago I decided to start a weekly drawing challenge for myself: To do one mermaid every week until I have a full 100 (and then make them into a book, but that’s another story). As I am getting oh so very close to my goal (I’m at mermaid drawing number 97 right now!)

All these cool drawings are created with graphite pencils and colored digitally. If some textures look like watercolor to you, though, then you are not wrong. Throughout the series, my process has undergone some slight changes, including drenching the mermaid images with liquid paint once in a while.

‘But why mermaids’, you ask. ‘Are there not enough of them on the Internet already? Them mythological creatures with their luxurious hair and splishy-splashy tails?’

That is a good question, friend. I find mermaids a fascinating subject exactly because they are ubiquitous in fairytales and pop culture. We all have a certain image ingrained in our minds when we think of what a mermaid looks like, so it’s not only a challenge to come up with new drawing ideas, but it is more fun since we all have some common ground to start from.”

More: Jana Heidersdorf, Instagram, Patreon h/t: boredpanda

Serra Lubrica

This mermaid is using her extraordinarily long tail to shield herself from outward influences and danger. Slime glands render her unappealing and poisonous to predators.

Serra Medusa

Don’t be fooled by this mermaid’s delicate appearance. Her translucent tentacles are reaching far, keeping predators and nosy scientists at arm’s length. Her touch can cause strong inflammations and death, earning her the name ‘Black Widow of the Deep’.

Sedna Inanis

This solitary spirit haunts the Northern Pacific and Arctic Ocean, restlessly collecting and stealing the souls of every animate creature she comes across, eternally trying to fill the void of her own existence.

Sirena Sancta

The locations of this species’ sightings vary widely. The appearances never seem to last more than a few seconds and it has yet to be determined whether we are dealing with a single or multiple entities. Her ethereal and fleeting shape has led to the formation of the Siren’s Church, a cult worshipping her as the embodiment of an angel.

Serra Agnatha

This sea floor dwelling mermaid has developed excellent tools for both feeding and protecting herself. Slime producing glands make her unappealing to predators, while her toothy mouth comes in handy when dismantling and eating her prey.

Serra Communia

It is highly improbable for this mermaid to survive on her own. At some point she has joined forces with a so far unidentified species of fish, forming what appears to be one creature. Evolution has taken on strange forms and this is surely one of them.

Sirena Quieto

This mermaid is taking playing dead to a whole new level. Her skeletal, weathered appearance, cold blood, slow metabolism and barely detectable heartbeat will fool predators and prey alike.

Serra Monoceras

Somewhere between humanity believing in unicorns and denying the existence of narwhals, this shy creature has been roaming the depths of the Arctic Sea for centuries, unnoticed and undisturbed.

Serra Papilio

Even though sightings have been rare, several varieties of this colourful species have been spotted mingling with the flora and fauna of the coral reefs close to the Chagos Archipelago. Nolarger than the span of a hand, this mermaid is easily mistaken for a brightly coloured fish or sea anemone.

Serra Hortus

Half plant, half mammal: This mermaid is an eco system in herself.

Serra Teuthida

This creature will make use of a heavy fog of ink to protect herself from curious eyes as well as to distract and poison her prey.

Serra Chlorophyta

The hair of this mermaid produces a steady amount of oxygen in the water around her while also serving as a filter for small organisms.

Gorgóna Gorgóna

This mermaid seems to have sprung directly from Greek mythology, living in perfect symbiosis with snakelike water creatures that have attached themselves to her head. Sharing prey and predators alike, they are an effective combination.

Serra Ramosa

Places where these creatures gather are known as ‘siren forests’ due to this mermaid’s arboreal appearance. Her branches form a vital part of her life support system, supplying her with oxygen and nutritions.

Fiji Mermaid

The discovery of a living specimen begs the question whether Barnum’s mummified body of a mermaid, long believed to be nothing but a hoax just as the copies which were in circulation after its destruction in the 1860s, may actually have been the real thing.

Sirena Velum

The dark bride of the ocean has a carnivorous approach to life, haunting the deep seas and feeding on smaller lifeforms.

Sirena Volatus

So far it remains questionable whether this sea creature is actually capable of flight. Instead she has been observed to use her wings for both protection and communicational purposes.

Serra Sphyrna

Roaming the depths of the Indian Ocean, this mermaid is a skilled hunter and surprisingly nimble swimmer. Usually eager to avoid humans, she is only a danger to especially yummy stingrays.

Serra Crusta

The value of this mermaid’s eyes has only been increasing with the steady decline of her species in recent years. Her shells may have proven to offer solid protection against natural predators, but lack effectivity in the face of human greed.

Serra Pellucidum

Due to her seemingly crystalline body, this elusive species of mermaid is hard to spot amidst the darkness of the deep sea.

Sirena Divisa

So far this is the only species of mermaid known to have developed two tails.

Gorgóna Eucrante

Observed only in this rare Mediterranean variety of mermaid, research still has to disclose whether this curious application of hair tresses is biologically determined or a habit acquired over time due to circumstance.

Serra Servata

This creature keeps a living supply of smaller fish and marine animals in a balloon like cavity, enabling her to travel long distances regardless of hunting opportunities and food availability.

Sirena Lucerna

Once in a while this deep sea creature rises to the surface to lure unassuming swimmers astray with its bioluminescent glow.

Serra Teneris

There is no explanation as to what keeps this delicate mermaid alive or even keep its form. In groups of up to 200 individuals these beautiful creatures drift aimlessly through our oceans, leaving behind nothing but questions.

Serra Vela

This mermaid’s dorsal fins have developed in a unique way that enables them to catch the wind similarly to a sail. Thus she travels both underwater and adrift on the surface.

Sirena Somniculosus

This mermaid has been responsible for the fates of a great many seduced sailors. Her tail is mimicking the shape of a human body to lure in prey. Having succeeded in her ventures she will then proceed to feed on the naive soul trying to mate with her behind. It is unknown why this species seems to have specialized in the consumption of human males.

Serra Gladius

This mermaid knows how to keep unwanted company at nose length.

Serra Macrourida

This arctic deep sea mermaid dies shortly after spawning. Her corpse then serves as protection and food for her eggs and hatchlings.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/10/artist-illustrated-30-mermaids-for-two-years-and-here-is-the-eerie-yet-whimsical-result/

Artist Spent 4 Years Illustrating Forgotten Creatures From Welsh Folklore

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C.C.J. Ellis is a fantasy illustrator and Author from Bangor, North Wales. Their work is inspired by fantasy and mythology, drawing inspiration from ancient cultures and a variety of countries. They work mainly with pen, ink and watercolour and occasionally use Photoshop and ProCreate.

More: C.C.J. Ellis, Instagram, Facebook

Ceffyl Dŵr

Ellis attended University and achieved a Masters in Design Communication. They have launched several successful Kickstarters, one of which lead to the publication of their first book ‘Welsh Monsters & Mythical Beasts’, which explores the creatures of Welsh folklore.

Y Mari Lwyd

“I’d love to introduce you to my latest art book which has been over four years in the making.

‘Welsh Monsters & Mythical Beasts’ is an illustrated compendium exploring the mythical creatures of Wales, comprised of ink and watercolors. You may have heard of the Red Dragon (Ddraig Goch) featured on the national flag of Wales. Sadly, here in Wales, many of our other beasts are being forgotten.

I felt to sad to see that my culture is loosing such an amazing array of creatures and legends that surround them. Therefore, I decided to bring them back to the forefront of Welsh culture and introduce them to a new generation by sharing our rich mythology with the world.

I’m so excited about this art book, there’s so much contend and so many unique creatures, I hope you will love it too!”

Angelystor

Tylwyth Teg

Llamhigyn Y Dŵr

Y Ddraig Goch

Afanc

Ceiliog Neidr

Nadolig Nedir

Cath Palug

Bwbach

Llamhigyn Y Dŵr

Y Gwyllgi

Twrch Trwth

Danger Radish

Ceiliog Neidr

Llamhigyn Y Dŵr

Ceiliog Neidr

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/10/artist-spent-4-years-illustrating-forgotten-creatures-from-welsh-folklore/

Polish Scientist’s Incredible Photographs of Microscopic Creatures

Photographer Igor Siwanowicz took these incredible photographs of tiny creatures. Dr Siwanowicz, a neurobiologist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus, Virginia, shows us the wonders of life in kaleidoscopic color.

“Laser scanning confocal microscope produces images in a very different way than a bright field microscope (your standard biology class microscope). It is a fluorescent microscope, which means that the imaged specimen is illuminated with light of a certain wavelength and emits light of a different, longer wavelength. It’s the same physical phenomenon that makes black light posters from the ’70s-‘80s glow. The microscope, which registers that light, takes a series of images of the tiny specimen by scanning it point by point. Because the specimen is much thicker than the plane of focus, a series of images—called “stack”—is collected by moving the sample up or down. From those “optical slices” a three-dimensional image of the structures within the sample can be reconstructed,” he explains.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/04/polish-scientists-incredible-photographs-of-microscopic-creatures/

“The Morning Is Not Good”: Artist Klim Novoseltsev Welcomes You Into His Surreal World of Strange Places and Horror Creatures

Klim Novoseltsev is an artist and musician originally from Kirovsk in the Murmansk region of Russia. He lives and works in St. Petersburg. His works are filled with the power of nature, sometimes animate or personified. There are references to biblical motifs, including eschatological ones, and, according to him, he does not like excessive esoterism in his work.

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Louis Renard’s Superb Illustrations of The East Indies Marine Life He Never Saw

Louis Renard (c.1678-1746), a publisher and spy for the British crown, never left his native Netherlands. He never saw a live tropical fish, let alone one swimming about the East Indies. So how did he know what a tropical fish looked like? Well, the aforementioned Moore can help us in his thoughts on reality. English philosopher George Edward Moore had a question: can you explain to someone who...

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Malaysian Artist Draws The Cutest Animals, Imagines Them Living In Our World

Malaysian artist Yee Chong draws the most adorable little digital creatures and brings them to life by inserting them into our real world. The artist designs fantastical critters that resemble real animals, the mischievous fox being the fluffy protagonist and other animals making an occasional cameo, but he manages to make them even cuter by putting them in everyday scenarios and giving them a...

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/11/malaysian-artist-draws-the-cutest-animals-imagines-them-living-in-our-world/

The Incredible Psychedelic Paintings Of Yoko d’Holbachie From The Other Side Of The Rainbow

Yoko d’Holbachie was born in 1971 in Yokohama, Japan. She studied Art and design at Tama Art University in Tokyo. She has worked as a freelance designer for advertisements, books, magazines, and video games. d’Holbachie currently teaches art in Tokyo in addition to spending time in her studio creating paintings and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited throughout Asia and in London, Rome...

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/08/the-incredible-psychedelic-paintings-of-yoko-d-holbachie-from-the-other-side-of-the-rainbow/

Artist Portrays Mystical Creatures In Their Vulnerable Form – When They Were Still Babies

Medusa & Gargoyle We’re used to seeing mystical creatures depicted as tall, well-built warriors or old, bearded wizards. After all, slaying beasts or casting powerful spells takes strength and experience. But Hong Kong-based illustrator Rudy Siswanto decided to flip our preconceived notions around by depicting them as babies. From Medusa to Minotaur and beyond, these guys still look badass...

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/08/artist-portrays-mystical-creatures-in-their-vulnerable-form-when-they-were-still-babies/

Bare Gruesome Fangs And More With Japanese Designer’s Awesome Creature Masks

Talented special effects artist turned fashion designer MALICIOUS.X crafts incredibly stylish and sometimes horrifying accessories, but her awesome masks might be appreciated at no better time than now. Her series of pleat face masks includes a “creature face mask” that lets you bare your fangs and unleash your inner beast. By opening your “mouth” your can reveal a gaping maw of scary razor sharp...

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/08/bare-gruesome-fangs-and-more-with-japanese-designer-s-awesome-creature-masks/