When you make up your own fantasy stories, you can do anything. Winged unicorns, giant squid monsters, Greek gods, women with snakes instead of hair--it's all possible in a fantasy novel or comic book.
Humans have made up stories about fantasy characters for centuries. Some of these stories are classic myths while others are fictional tales that people make up for entertainment.
Fantasy characters come from myths, religious texts, poems, artwork, books and modern stories like the tales of Santa Claus and his reindeer. Every story adds a unique twist on these characters.
For example, Chinese, Japanese and Western dragons have a few similarities, but they look different and play distinct roles in ancient myths. Add your own touch to these mythological figures when you draw and color the outlines.
You can include anything in your fantasy world. What if a dragon pulled Santa Claus's sleigh instead of reindeer? Or what if a wizard met a space alien? In a world where magic exists, nothing is off-limits.
Writers like C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein used their imagination to create incredible fantasy worlds.
You can do the same by drawing these characters, then coming up with your own stories. Write a short story, draw a comic book or simply imagine it in your head.
Mummies are classic horror movie monsters that roam the tombs of Egypt. They're just like real mummies that researchers found in the pyramids, with one major difference--they've come to life to terrorize the living. Many people dress like mummies for Halloween.
In popular culture, angels are supernatural beings that live in Heaven. Their wings are large, soft and covered in white feathers. Angels fly through the sky with their wings and visit humans on Earth.
The kraken is a mythological creature that lives in the sea and attacks boats that enter its territory. Myths portray the kraken as a giant squid or octopus. Researchers believe that the myth came from giant squid sightings in the 1200s.
Demons are evil creatures that scare and mislead humans. Some demons have red skin and horns, but this demon looks like a human girl. Still, the horns and scary look on her face make it clear that she's not just any human.
Would you like a dragon to play with? This baby dragon is cute, cuddly and small enough that it won't burn your house down. Some dragons are scary and breathe fire, but this dragon is friendly and makes tiny flames.
This is the classic demon with red skin, yellow eyes, horns and a pointed tail. Demons are scary creatures that cause trouble for humans. Luckily, simple shapes make this cartoon demon a little friendlier.
Werewolves are famous monsters that you often see around Halloween. A werewolf is a human who was bitten by another werewolf, which makes them turn into a wolf during the full moon. Werewolves stand on their hind legs and howl at the moon.
When you find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, you'll enjoy rewards beyond your wildest dreams. Legend has it that leprechauns hide their pots of gold, which they earn by making shoes for fairies, at the end of every rainbow.
Witches are magical creatures--usually women--who wear pointy hats, cast spells and fly on their brooms. Male witches exist, but they're often called wizards or warlocks. Black cats often accompany witches on their journeys.
Aphrodite is a Greek goddess associated with love and passion. Also known as Venus, Aphrodite is the subject of some of the world's most famous paintings, including a painting where she stands on a giant shell.
Dragons are an important part of Japanese folklore. Unlike Western dragons, which look like green lizards, Japanese dragons more closely resemble snakes. They come in bright colors like red and yellow.
According to modern myths, the Grim Reaper visits people while they're dying to escort them to the afterlife. Artists often depict the Grim Reaper as a skeleton wearing a black cloak and carrying a scythe.
Devils are scary creatures with horns and cloven hooves. Their smile reveals a mouth full of fangs--not somebody that you want to run into unexpectedly. However, you could make this devil nicer in your imaginary adventures.
When you look into a dragon's eye, you see fierceness and intensity. Most dragons wouldn't let you get that close, but you can draw a dragon's eye at home to get the full effect. Hang it up in your room to ward off evil spirits.
Modern media depicts mermaids as beautiful women who swim in the ocean with their fish tails. Ariel from the Disney movie "The Little Mermaid" is one of the most famous mermaids. Male mermaids also exist, but they're often called "mermen" or "merpeople."
Zombies are some of the scariest movie monsters. They crawl out of graves, chase people around and bite them to turn them into fellow zombies. Zombies appear in some of the oldest horror movies, making them staples of the horror genre.
Hatchimals are toy animals that hatch out of their eggs. These toys are so popular that they frequently sell out around the holidays. If you don't have a Hatchimal, you can draw your own with this drawing guide.
What would you think if you looked up at the sky and saw a flying horse? Like unicorns, the pegasus is a stunning horse-like creature that you'll only find in myths. They soar through the sky with their dazzling wings.
Angels are heavenly creatures that are frequently depicted with gowns, wings and halos. If you see an angel, you know that they're here to help. Books, movies and TV shows portray angels as pure, wholesome beings that watch over people on Earth.
If you find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, you might also find a leprechaun waiting. Leprechauns are tiny men that wear green outfits and make shoes for fairies. You see leprechauns on St Patrick's Day along with rainbows and four-leaf clovers.
Unicorns look similar to ordinary horses, but they have a magical, ethereal quality. This unicorn has a dazzling horn and feathery wings that allow her to fly through the clouds. If a fairy granted you a wish, would you wish to ride a real-life unicorn?
Cartoon princesses have great lives. They live in castles, attend balls and dinner parties, and wear gowns, tiaras and fancy shoes. One day, the princess will be the queen of her nation and rule over her subjects.
Anubis is an Egyptian god who looks like a human with the head of a dog. Like the Grim Reaper, Anubis escorts dead people to the afterlife. Anubis is also an embalmer and protector of cemeteries and gravesites.
Chinese dragons are snake-like creatures with claws, scales and long tails. Dragons play a major role in Chinese culture, appearing in various myths, stories and proverbs. Chinese dragons are also a good-luck symbol.