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Carlos Ortega Elizalde

Two dark-haired mermaids prepare for tea. A slender centaur with red hair and a bow stands. A large bull with a fedora, cigar and tommy guns fires. A pink bunny woman in a purple top coyly gazes.

It is a truly magical thing to create life where none previously existed. More magical still for that creation to be equal parts unique and impossible. Carlos Ortega Elizalde clearly wields such magic, as demonstrated by his impressive menagerie of mythological creatures, along with the occasional unctuous ungulate or lanky lagomorph.

Both realistic and whimsical, a centaur archer and a small gathering of mermaids are subjects of Elizalde’s living illustrations, drawing from the legends of long-lost cultures. Anthropomorphic animals — spun from equal parts innocence and danger — also figure prominently, causing havoc and delight.

With an inspired fusion of zany cartoons and vibrant reality, Carlos shares his world of living dolls and wacky characters given gravitas by virtue of the stunning detail in which they are rendered.

Written by in January of 2013. Last edited April 2018.

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