Japanese Artist Imagines A World Where People Live Among Giant Animals, And It's Magical

by Stephanie

There is an incredible Japanese artist who creates beautiful drawings depicting a fantasy world where humans live among giant animals. The 24-year-old artist, known only as Ariduka55 or Monokubo on social media, was inspired by the anime films and characters created by Studio Ghibli.

"It came from 'Princess Mononoke' and 'Totoro.' I liked doing anime drawings in such style since a young age," MonoKubo said.

The talented young artist also finds ideas in natural landscapes and illustrations by other artists. "I like Piotr Jabłoński's work," she said.

The artist's favorite animals to draw are understandably the adorable and fluffy kind - rabbits, pandas, and dogs. But it seems her most favorite of all are cats.

The illustrations give off a peaceful and ethereal vibe, telling stories similar to those of Japanese mythology. The artist cleverly marks many of her drawings with soft sunshine filtering through windows and leaves.

Japanese people even have a specific word representing sunlight filtering through leaves - komorebi (木漏れ日). The term is used to describe the beauty of a light curtain and the distinct shadow it makes on the ground.

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