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Artist Imagines Fantastical World Where Giant Animals Live Peacefully Among Humans

Giant Animal Illustrations by Monokubo

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Have you ever wished you had a big cuddly companion like Studio Ghibli’s Totoro? Or perhaps a fierce protector like Moro, the god of the wolves in Princess Mononoke? Well, though you can live out your dreams in real life, you can feed your fantasy with Japanese artist Monokubo’s imaginative art. The whimsical, animated characters from the Studio Ghibli films are the inspiration behind her giant animal illustrations. Through her fantastical digital paintings, she imagines a world where gentle giants peacefully coexist with humans.

From huge domestic cats to a jumbo-sized family of Shiba Inu, Monokubo illustrates the big friendly giants we all wish we had as pets. Each artwork depicts how the large animals interact with their human companions in the sweetest ways, from acting as the ultimate big fluffy pillows (perfect for taking a nap on) to simply accompanying them on adventures through Monokubo’s painterly natural landscapes.

Though Monokubo depicts a range of animals in her drawings, the domestic cat is her favorite subject. “In most cases, I choose the animals that have left an impression in my daily life,” she tells My Modern Met. “I have a cat and he is very cute.”

If you love Monokubo’s artwork you can buy a book featuring the best from her portfolio, now available on Amazon.

Japanese artist Monokubo imagines a world where gentle giants and humans peacefully coexist.

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Her fantastical animal illustrations are inspired by the characters in Studio Ghibli films.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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