Kraken (Sweet Squares #3)

Kraken illustration
© 2012 Sylvia Liu
I've always liked the old-fashioned look of wood-cut or lino-cut printing, and I've even tried my hand at doing some in the past (for example, of surf boards). For today's Sweet Square, I've made a sketch of a kraken in a block cut style.

Kraken are:

  • Mythical sea monsters from Norway and Greenland, probably based on sightings of giant squid.
  • The subject of an entertaining novel by China Mieville, Kraken. Mieville is known for dark, steampunk, dystopian fantasy/horror novels, but Kraken is a more straightforward fantasy that Mieville has described as a "dark comedy about a squid worshipping cult and the end of the world."

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