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12 Zodiac Signs Reborn As Terrifying Monsters By Damon Hellandbrand
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12 Zodiac Signs Reborn As Terrifying Monsters By Damon Hellandbrand

We all are accustomed to the Zodiac signs that we have been using since the Babylonian era. Together with the star sign names came the icons inspired by their constellations. But just because a character has been around forever doesn’t mean there aren’t new ways to reimagine it. Damon Hellandbrand, a talented artist, based in the U.S., has created a series of digital artworks that portray the Zodiac signs symbols as twisted, surreal fantasy creatures straight out of a nightmarish realm. Most of his Zodiac symbol artworks took the literal meanings of the signs Leo – lion, Pisces – fish, Taurus – Ox, thus creating fantastical human-beast hybrids.

Hellandbrand does much of his unique art with various digital illustration programs, but some of these scary monsters are born as pencil drawings or watercolors – or “basically whatever medium I’m in the mood for.” He writes that he is inspired by artists like Ralph McQuarrie, Boris Vallejo, and Frank Frazetta, and it’s easy to imagine that Guillermo Del Toro might number among his influences as well. Read on for Hellandbrand’s answers to Bored Panda’s questions about his zodiac signs as monsters below!

More info: dhellandbrand.com | DeviantArt (h/t: gallowboob)

Aries

I have a fondness for anything fantasy related or anything that doesn’t exist in reality,” Damon Hellandbrand told Bored Panda, “and mythology certainly has that in spades.”

Taurus

I also think because those were some of the first stories I remember as a child in the school that they just stuck with me.”

Gemini

I basically took what I knew the signs represented regarding their name (i.e., Cancer = Crab, Leo = Lion, Pisces = Fish, etc.) and proceeded to illustrate them as human/animal hybrids creating the Zodiac monsters.”

Cancer

I did this by doing a black, and white pencil drawing on paper and then scanning the illustration into a drawing/painting program called Corel Painter to color and paint.”

Leo

I didn’t do as much research on these dark Zodiac signs as I should have and I’ve gotten a lot of responses as such, so needless to say I’ll be making a few new pieces to redeem myself.”

Virgo

Libra

Scorpio

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces

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ChristineCalvin
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The only one that is not scary is (my sign) Saggitarius.

JohnWalter
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Gemini looks creepy. Don't you think?

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KushjeeKamalSinghRajput
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

From now i am not proud to be an Aquarian .ewww..My sign looks ugly more than scary. Thank you. :(

CodyShiranai
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

On top of that, it's all wrong. Aquarius is an Air Sign, it's the "Water BEARER", carries waters of life, isn't water itself (wind carries).

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KomalKohok
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I agree, as stunning these are Saggitarius didn't pack the punch. It looks indecisive, and not ferocious at all!

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SabrinaBigler
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

my Sign only one that didn't look cool, Sagittarius... Virgo looks fucking awesome!

AmbiencePT
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sagitarius isn't scarry ! = ( Pisces looks very depressed ! Leo could look more alienish ! Awesome work though !

PyroKitty
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a Pisces, I can confirm the depression part. ;)

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fantasycreature
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aquarius is kind of Jabba meets Cthulhu.

AmbiencePT
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pisces why you so depressed ? Saggitarius and Leo should look more alienish !

fantasycreature
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe Pisces looks fragile, but that is just a tactics. Just regret it, come closer it swallows your soul and enslaves you. :)

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JamesesTrismegistus
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I loved how Capricorn fits the sign concept, and is a creepy mermaid thing, but Pisces should be a monstrous fish, or two, or two heads...

LyoneFein
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am not sure what you mean--Capricorn is supposed to be a goat.

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SeanGrant
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's called Leo, not lion.

Chance Akers
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Im an aries and it lools like an arch demon with no wings and ngl i would shit my pants if i saw it in real life

JOSEPH SMITH
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i am know upset to be two faced (i am a gemini) dissapointed... LOL

Daniel McNea
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Jeezus. Complaining that your sign isn't sexy? WTF?! I hate people.

HaideeRodriguez
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Redo Sagittarius so it holds it's own with the others please.

NatashaWismerDeRose
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It would be cool to see cusp signs done as well. I was born on the cusp of Aquarius and Pisces.

PavelLazarov
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Capricorn is an earth zodiac so it would make more sense to be an earth type of monster.

Lazy_Panda
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a Leo, I honestly love the art for Leo. How do you make these up?

JOSEPH SMITH
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i am now upset two be two faced (im a gemini)

Fernando Perez
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like my sign, cancer. It seems to be the only one people aren't fussing about

Skeezeleo Jones
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have to get the cancer one as a tattoo asap

MiaFontana
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Damn!Iwasn't expecting cancer to be all pimped ou!

LynseeSquires
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Jesus people, can we not be so critical about how it looks? Just appreciate how amazing his art skills are. Even if he got a few things wrong, so what? I came here to look at this art skill that I've been hearing a lot about.

SuelloJohndel
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

wow,my sign was soo scary it's look like an both alien and demo..?

ChaliqODonnell
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My SCORPIO is hot for the new VIRGO

SeanParadis
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Am I the only one who thinks Virgo is a rip off of Zelda's Zoras?

michaeluhh
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Virgo looks like a Zora! Also Gemini reminds me of Zant and Libra reminds me of a Twilight creature. Very cool art!

JazzAbrena
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017