The Kelpie stories originated in Scotland. A Kelpie is a horse-like creature that lives in the seas. It also has the ability to take human form. It is said that this beast is mostly malicious and not one that you want to cross in the wild.
For my depiction, I wanted to show the more majestic side of the creature. I originally did the colorful and vibrant version, and then decided to try the black and white version. Which one do you like better? Leave a comment!
Fairies are well known in the mythical stories. Tiny people with wings that try to stay hidden from the human realm. Legend says that circles of mushrooms are indication that fairies have recently gathered there.
But fairy life is not just fluttering and dancing. They have their own societies, and sometimes those different groups may have disagreements. Below I have depicted a fairy dispute that has escalated to full on war.
The myth of Arachne is not as well known as other Greek mythology. The tale is of a young woman who had impressive weaving skill. So good in fact, that she thought she was better than the gods. She challenged an old lady in a weaving contest (the old lady turned out to be Athena, the Greek Goddess, in disguise). Arachne weaved scenes of Zeus being unfaithful to his wife, and Athena was enraged. Realizing what she had done, Arachne tried to hang herself, but, having pity, Athena changed her rope to a cobweb at the last moment, and Arachne transformed into a spider beast.
Below I have created what I imagine this beast to look like hiding in her cave. Click the image for a larger version.
The Vila are a Slavic tradition. While there are many versions and names for this creature, they all share the same basic concept; a beautiful woman that changes forms when angry. Some folklore believes these women to be the ghosts of fair maidens who died before their wedding night. Despite the many tales of their origin, this enticing creature enjoys luring a weary man to kill him, and often cause storms when their tempers flare. Below are snapshots of two Vila, both in their beautiful form and their true form.
The Jinn are (according to arabic mythology) one of the three sentient creatures of God, besides humans and angels. They have been described as a smokeless fire. My version isn’t smokeless, nor firey, but rather a variation of classically portrayed Jinn (more commonly known in American culture as genies).
Jinn, like humans, can be either good or evil, and contrary to popular belief, they actually have free will, and are not meant to be a wishing well for a fortunate human. Thus I have portrayed this Jinn to be escaping his lamp prison on his own accord, mixing the Eastern and Western ideas of Jinn.