ALPHABET ANIMALS: MYTHOLOGY

I took part in a Twitter challenge where we illustrated a new mythical creature every week. Each Tuesday, the new animal was named, resulting in 26 unique and unusual creature pieces.

Illustration of a mythical alphyn by Australian illustrator Laura Gibbs
A is for Alphyn

The alphyn is a rare mythical creature resembling a griffin.

Illustration of a mythical basilisk by Australian illustrator Laura Gibbs
B is for Basilisk

The basilisk is said to be king of all reptiles and has the ability to kill with a glance.

Illustration of a mythical centaur by Australian illustrator Laura Gibbs
C is for Centaur

The centaur is a creature of Greek mythology.

Full illustration of a mythical dragon by Australian illustrator Laura Gibbs
D is for Dragon

The dragon is a fire-breathing creature in folklore all over the world.

Illustration of a mythical Erymanthian Boar by Australian illustrator Laura Gibbs
E is for Erymanthian Boar

The Erymanthian boar was a dangerous creature said to have been captured by Heracles (Hercules).

Illustration of a mythical Fawn by Australian illustrator Laura Gibbs
F is for Faun

The faun is a mischievous half-human/half-goat forest-dweller.

Illustration of a mythical griffin by Australian illustrator Laura Gibbs
G is for Griffin

The griffin is a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head of an eagle.

Illustration of a mythical hippocampus by Australian illustrator Laura Gibbs
H is for Hippocampus

The hippocampus is a creature associated with Poseidon and said to have drawn his chariot across the water.

Illustration of a mythical imp by Australian illustrator Laura Gibbs
I is for Imp

The imp began as a lesser goblin that liked to play pranks on humans. During the 16th century, it came to associated with Hell and viewed as a kind of demon.

Illustration of a mythical jackalope by Australian illustrator Laura Gibbs
J is for Jackalope

The jackalope is a creature of North-American folklore, said to be able to imitate the human voice.

Illustration of a mythical kraken by Australian illustrator Laura Gibbs
K is for Kraken

The kraken is a giant octopus-like sea monster said to live off the coasts of Norway and Greenland.

Illustration of a mythical Lernaean hydra by Australian illustrator Laura Gibbs
L is for Lernaean Hydra

The hydra was a creature with blood so poisonous, the scent of it alone could kill. It had the ability to regenerate its many heads.

Illustration of a mythical mermaid by Australian illustrator Laura Gibbs
M is for Mermaid

The mermaid is a mythical sea creature that is half-human and half-fish.

Illustration of a mythical nekomata by Australian illustrator Laura Gibbs
N is for Nekomata

The nekomata is a creature of Japanese mythology that possesses two tails and the ability to raise the dead.

Illustration of a mythical ogre by Australian illustrator Laura Gibbs
O is for Ogre

The ogre is a large, unattractive creature known to eat humans.

Illustration of a mythical phoenix by Australian illustrator Laura Gibbs
P is for Phoenix

The phoenix is a legendary bird that turns to ash when it dies, only to be reborn again in flames.

Q is for Questing Beast

The questing beast is a creature from Arthurian legend. Its name comes from its bark, which is said to resemble” the sound of thirty hounds questing”.

R is for Rainbow Serpent

The rainbow serpent is a large, powerful spirit in Australian Aboriginal lore, who is said to be the giver of life.

S is for Suiko

The suiko is a dangerous, aggressive creature that can be found in Japan in China. It lives near large bodies of water.

T is for Treefolk

The treefolk are sentient trees that protect the forests they inhabit. They are very old and exist in many varieties.

U is for Unicorn

The unicorn is a legendary creature, known to resemble a horse with a solid, lone horn. This horn is valuable and is sometimes said to contain healing properties.

V is for Vampire

The vampire is a creature that looks human but exhibits superhuman strength and speed. Vampires survive by drinking human blood.

W is for Wereworl

The werewolf is a creature that is part human and part wolf. On the night of a full moon, a werewolf will shapeshift from human into its animal form.

X is for Xixi Zhi Yu

The xixi zhi yu is a mythical fish from China. It has wings attached to it like a bird’s and it is said to cure jaundice if eaten.

Y is for Yeti

The yeti is a creature that resides in the Himalayan region. It is sometimes referred to as the Abominable Snowman and is taller than a human.

Z  is for Zombie

The zombie is a fictional undead creature that results from the reanimation of a human corpse. They seek human flesh and are difficult to properly kill.