The American Bestiary

January, 2019

A bestiary is a catalog of animals, birds, and other natural (or imaginary) phenomena. Intended not as a textbook but as an inspirational (and often scientifically dubious) compendium, the bestiary first appeared in ancient Greece, but the form achieved greater popularity in the Middle Ages.​​​​​​​

So, we thought it was about time to highlight America’s most celebrated mythical beasts with a modern-day illustrated bestiary of the fifty absolutely made-up, imaginary monsters that definitely aren’t creeping around your home state waiting to strike.

For this "American Bestiary: The Most Famous Mythical Creature of Every US State, Illustrated" all illustrations were inspired by the The Aberdeen Bestiary​​​​​​​ and were created in Affinity Designer for iPad Pro, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop with Wacom Cintiq.


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