I am an artist living in the metro Detroit, Michigan area and I have recently shifted my artistic path to focus on illustration. This project was a great learning experience for me, both conceptually and intellectually, and physically in terms of drawing. I really enjoyed researching and learning about cryptozoology and designing my own creepy cute expression of each creature. I love the folklore and storytelling aspect of the human experience of interacting with and imagining cryptids and learning about them motivated me to do a whole collection for the sketchbook. I struggled with some drawings and with my materials and that helped me learn some of the qualities of marker and ink and gouache, which has really pushed me as an artist. I also loved sharing each drawing on social media and in person, and connecting with others over an interest in cryptozoology and other strange and unusual creatures!
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