Wimmelbuch – Search and find

This illustration was a personal project made in 2021.

I wanted to recreate the imaginary fantasy bubble I lived in as a child. 
Thus the world created here includes all types of fairytale and cartoons characters/scenes, Slavic mythology and children books creatures – all the magic that surrounded me growing up in a post-soviet Ukrainian province of 90s.

It is a blend of inspirations coming from local folktales, as well as internationally known fairytales, soviet cartoons and Slavic myths.

Below I’ll list all the references, let’s see if you can find all 36! 🙂

The list:

1. A dragon guarding his treasures

2. Witches having shabash on the Lysa Hora (Barren mount)

3. Witches riding brooms on the way to the shabash

4. A dragon attacking the castle

5. Rapunzel in the tower

6. Cinderella on her way to the ball

7. Cinderella’s shoe

8. Mermaids from Slavic myths

9. Mavkas (tree spirits) from Slavic myths

10. Princess frog

11. Red riding hood

12. Will-o’-the-wisp (ghost lights from myths)

13. Thumbelina

14. Queens’ roses from Alice in the Wonderland

15. Wild rose from Sleeping Beauty

16. Kotyhoroshko (a pea-sized superhero from Ukrainian folktale)

17. Flower from Beauty and the beast

18. Ugly duckling

19. Baba Yaga

20. Little straw bull (Ukrainian folktale)

21. The glove (Ukrainian folktale)

22. The fisherman and the magic goldfish

23. The duck (which laid and egg with the world, Slavic mythology)

24. The house with chicken legs

25. Ivasyk-Telesyk (a boy-fisherman from Ukrainian folktale)

26. Baron Munchausen

27. Puss in boots

28. The Enormous Turnip (folktale)

29. Fairy Tinker Bell

30. Kossak Mamay (Ukrainian legend)

31. Kolobok (running round bread from Ukrainian folktale)

32. Leshy (Old father of forest, Slavic mythology)

33. Old wise raven (Soviet cartoons)

34. A house made of gingerbread, cake and candy

35. The death of Koschei (god of death, folktale, his death is in the needle, hidden in the egg, hidden in the duck, hidden in the rabbit, hidden in the box, hidden on the tree)

36.  The beast stealing the moon (Gogol’s fairytale About Ukrainian village during Christmas Eve)

37. Dwarfs

Have you find them all? 🙂

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