akkorokamui Japanese cryptid

Commissioned Artwork: Akkorokamui

This is the Akkorokamui. I created this cryptid creature / monster art for Fairytales and Myths.

The Akkorokamui is an octopoid sea monster from the folklore of the Ainu of Japan.

I especially enjoyed illustrating this creature due to my love for the Japanese culture. I worked especially hard on the hair-fish and making the hip and leg seamlessly transform into a tentacle. The concept was that the viewer might not immediately realize she’s the creature itself until they noticed these details.

Check out the Akkorokamui page for more details.

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