We're used to seeing mystical creatures depicted as tall, well-built warriors or old, bearded wizards. After all, slaying beasts or casting powerful spells takes strength and experience. But Hong Kong-based illustrator Rudy Siswanto decided to flip our preconceived notions around by depicting them as babies.

From Medusa to Minotaur and beyond, these guys still look badass, only they're so young, you can't help but imagine them taking a nap in the middle of a serious quest.

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#1

Medusa & Gargoyle

Medusa & Gargoyle

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Malakai
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2 months ago

It almost looks like a montage of best friends growing up through the years

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Siswanto, who is originally from Indonesia, is currently working at Riot Games as a splash artist. This series, however, is from a bit earlier. "Baby Beastiary is a client project back from when I was working at Caravan Studio," Siswanto told Bored Panda. "It was for a crowdfunding project by Metal Weave Games. They came up with an idea for a baby creatures' RPG book and I helped them with the visuals."

Siswanto wasn't the only artist working on the project. "I contributed the most on volume 1 and volume 2, and I helped with art direction."

#2

Hippogriff Foal

Hippogriff Foal

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Mainecoonsandhuskies
Community Member
2 months ago

Aww

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The client came with a brief, so they were the ones who picked what particular mystical creatures to include in the series.

"Through this project, I've learned a lot about not only how to create baby versions of different creatures that are already well known, but I also learned how to really observe [various little animal details], like their gestures, how they move and the proportions [of their bodies]," Siswanto said, adding that it has really helped him to take his craft to another level and create more believable fantasy creatures in general.

#3

Hydra Snakelet

Hydra Snakelet

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Jess-a-men
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2 months ago

Eeep! Look at the noodles! I want one.

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#4

Simurgh Pup

Simurgh Pup

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Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
2 months ago

I am afraid to think what a flying puppy could do to the house, but I want one anyway.

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#5

Nightmare

Nightmare

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glowworm2
Community Member
2 months ago

Aw! the nice human just wants to help the little hell horse.

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#6

Dragon Turtlette

Dragon Turtlette

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glowworm2
Community Member
2 months ago

Kind of looks like Lapras!

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#7

Medusa Daughter

Medusa Daughter

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
2 months ago

Sorry to quibble, but Medusa wasn't born with serpent-hair; Athena turned her hair into serpents after she was raped by Poseidon in her temple.

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#8

Phoenix

Phoenix

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Virgil Blue
Community Member
2 months ago

Please stop setting the nest on fire Gary...

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#9

Baby Minotaur

Baby Minotaur

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Malakai
Community Member
2 months ago

Awww, it even has a binky!

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#10

Kraken Paralarvae

Kraken Paralarvae

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Love My Dogs
Community Member
2 months ago

Cute

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#11

Satyr Foal

Satyr Foal

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D. Pitbull
Community Member
2 months ago

(would it be a 'kid'?)

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#12

Sea Lion Pup

Sea Lion Pup

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pei meow
Community Member
2 months ago

This reminds me of theLion King

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#13

Unicorn Foal

Unicorn Foal

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Maryanne Liu
Community Member
2 months ago

aww

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#14

Elder Godspawn

Elder Godspawn

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KombatBunni
Community Member
2 months ago

ZOMG BABY CTHULHU! It's so CUTE!

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#15

Owlbear

Owlbear

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Clandestine
Community Member
2 months ago

mama isn't messing around...

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#16

Centaur

Centaur

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SirPatTheCat
Community Member
2 months ago

Hahaha I saw this thing that said "since horses can walk as soon as they are born, and babies can't even hold their heads and bodies up, wouldn't it be a horse body running with the baby torso just flopping around crazily?" Its a good visual xDD

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#17

Myconid Sporeling

Myconid Sporeling

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SirPatTheCat
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh my the baby mushroom is so adorable

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#18

Lizardfolk Whelp

Lizardfolk Whelp

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JuJu
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't they live inside the hollow earth when they are not pretending to be the facebook guy :D

Micah Pettit
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh come on, everyone knows Zuckerburg is an android.

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pei meow
Community Member
2 months ago

This image portrays so much emotion and movement

NMN
Community Member
2 months ago

Could also very well be an Argonian kid

Bacony
Community Member
1 month ago

The cutest thing on the rainforest island.

Raph cuddy
Community Member
1 month ago

don't eat that frog

Maureen Peters
Community Member
2 months ago

Nice colors!

Juan Hernandez
Community Member
2 months ago

these is my favorite

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh I wonder what he just spotted?!

Heather Rea
Community Member
2 months ago

Aw. You can just hear him going "Daddy, I found a froggie!"

Fireflower
Community Member
2 months ago

Woah, baby Zuckerberg!

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
2 months ago

You both shouldn't insult this creature

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#19

Tatzelwurm Kit

Tatzelwurm Kit

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glowworm2
Community Member
2 months ago

Fox noodles!

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#20

Griffin Hatchlings

Griffin Hatchlings

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
1 month ago

SO adorable!

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#21

Harpy Child

Harpy Child

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Clelie A Germain
Community Member
2 months ago

kinda creepy...

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#22

Beithir Hatchling

Beithir Hatchling

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Xavier Wescott
Community Member
2 months ago

Those look like derpy faces to me :P

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#23

Cocktrice

Cocktrice

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Jane Dorothy Warner
Community Member
2 months ago

Cockatrice look like chocobos, almost...

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#24

Hound Archon Pup

Hound Archon Pup

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Malakai
Community Member
2 months ago

The best doggos ❤

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#25

Peryton Hinulus

Peryton Hinulus

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Kailyn Lam
Community Member
2 months ago

i love the art style in this one

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#26

Tarasque Hatchling

Tarasque Hatchling

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Missy Barton
Community Member
2 months ago

The scariest thing in D&D

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#27

Gargoyle Mouldling

Gargoyle Mouldling

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Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
2 months ago

Like father lke son

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#28

Pegasus Foal

Pegasus Foal

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Sue Prewitt
Community Member
2 months ago

Pegasus had horns? I didn't know that.

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#29

Androsphynx & Gynosphynx

Androsphynx & Gynosphynx

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Nini Meow
Community Member
2 months ago

Precious ❤️

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#30

Djinayni

Djinayni

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Theodora Amarice
Community Member
2 months ago

How do you diaper that?

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