We’re used to seeing magical beings represented as ancient, bearded wizards or tall, well-built warriors. After all, it takes courage and skill to slay beasts or cast strong spells. But Rudy Siswanto, an illustrator based in Hong Kong, chose to flip around our preconceived ideas by presenting them as babies.
These guys all look badass, from Medusa to Minotaur and beyond, except they’re so young, you can’t help imagining them taking a nap in the middle of a serious search.
Medusa & Gargoyle
Siswanto, originally from Indonesia, is currently working as a splash artist at the Riot Games. This series, however, is from a bit earlier. Siswanto told Bored Panda, “Baby Beastiary is a client project back from when I was working at Caravan Studio,” “It was for Metal Weave Games’ crowdfunding project. They came up with an idea for the RPG book of a baby creatures and I supported them with the visuals.”
Not the only artist working on the project was Siswanto. “I contributed the most on volume 1 and volume 2, and I helped with art direction.”
The client came with a brief, so they were the ones who decided what real magical creatures in the series to include.
Sea Lion Pup
Hound Archon Pup
Androsphynx & Gynosphynx
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All image credits ; Rudy Siswanto