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.