This mysterious Japanese artist, who goes by the pseudonym of Ariduka55 or Monokubo on social media channels, creates otherworldly beautiful drawings that breathe life into a completely new fantasy world where giant animals live and evolve alongside humans.
Monokubo is a 24-year-old artist from Japan got an idea of giant animals from Studio Ghibli’s anime movies and their famous characters. “It came from “Princess Mononoke” and “Totoro.” I liked doing anime drawings in such style since a young age,” MonoKubo shared with Bored Panda. The artist finds her inspiration in “Natural landscapes and various illustrations; for example, I like Piotr Jabłoński’s work.”
It seems the artist likes to indulge herself with illustrations that depict soft and adorable animals – pandas, rabbits, dogs and the like – although, it’s pretty evident that the cats are the apples of the artist’s eye. The atmosphere in the pictures is almost always ethereal and peaceful, complete with story-telling elements in their compositions that reminds of Japanese mythology. Many of the illustrations are marked with soft sunshine filtering through various objects, including leaves and windows.
Fun fact, the Japanese even have a word for sunlight streaming through the leaves of the trees – komorebi (木漏れ日). It’s a term for a light curtain and the shadow it creates on the ground, a term that eloquently describes this everyday beauty.
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This Japanese Illustrator Gives Life To Giant Animals
This black feline is a show off who likes to put his excellent abilities on display. ‘You can’t do that, human, can you?’ – he says with a challenging look on his face, while making a perfect pyramid formation with a huge ball of cotton and a blue blob of a bird.
“In Japanese mythology, grain farmers once worshipped wolves at shrines and left food offerings near their dens, beseeching them to protect their crops from wild boars and deer. Talismans and charms adorned with images of wolves were thought to protect against fire, disease, and other calamities and brought fertility to agrarian communities and to couples hoping to have children. The Ainu people believed that they were born from the union of a wolf like creature and a goddess.”
A girl comes back home and uses a HUG card on her cat, but this non-exploding kitten combats the girl’s futile attempt at physical contact with a NOPE card of his own.
The Japanese have a daily expression ‘tadaima’ (ただいま) which is a shortened version of ‘I just came home’, and while usually it is polite to respond with ‘okaeri’ (おかえり) i.e. ‘welcome home’, this giant feline will have none of it.
The art of camouflage is on point in this picture. Not only did the black cat become one with nature, it even managed to find a blue blob friend while at it. We are not sure why (perhaps because of the big round eyed), this cat reminds us of Totoro by Ghibli studio.
A world where you can surrender yourself to sleep on a giant ball of fur is a world where you wouldn’t be able to get any work done. A perfect world.
Fun fact: did you know that in traditional Japanese architecture, a door, window or room divider made of translucent paper over a frame of wood is called shōji? It probably all comes down to the Japanese love for minimalism, for the purpose of shōji doors is to slide open, and thus conserve space that would be otherwise required for a swinging door.
In the folklore, tanukis were known to be masters of illusion. They could shapeshift into any form of their liking – anything from an old bedridden woman to a bottle of white wine. Once in disguise, they would use little rhymes to lure people into their games, and although not harmful, they tended to end in some inconvenience or embarrassment.
If you slightly squint your eyes, you can notice that this is no ordinary hill, in fact, it’s no hill at all.
The Shiba Inu breed is Japan’s one of the most cherished treasures. Literally meaning ‘the brushwood dog’ these dogs were traditionally used for hunting small animals, and nowadays, Shiba Inus are very popular in pop-culture.