From the Book of Imaginary Beings — In 1957, Jorge Luis Borges and Margarita Guerrero published the first edition of what became El Libro de Seres Imaginarios, a compendium of the strange creatures that have appeared in Literature. It is an idiosyncratic encyclopedia of fantastical inventions across time, a survey of what Borges called the “zoo of mythology.” He opens the volume by reminding us that a “monster is nothing but a combination of elements from the real creatures, and the combinatory possibilities border on the infinite.” That vast possibility has always fascinated me. I’ve flipped through this book many times over the years, loosely sketching out these beings many times. Below are some of my more successful graphic interpretations.

1600_borges_creatures_07-08v2_38-minotaur
1600_borges_creatures_07-08v2_08-Bird-Rain
1600_borges_creatures_07-08v2_11-Buraq
1600_borges_creatures_07-08v2_22-Hua
1600_borges_creatures_07-08v2_51-Tao-tieh
1600_borges_creatures_07-08v2_34-Kraken
1600_borges_creatures_07-08v2_43-Oroboros
1600_borges_creatures_07-08v2_55-Haokah-Thunder

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