Aleksei Vinogradov is a Russian freelance digital artist who shares his skills and talent with 120k followers on Instagram.
His beautiful works are achieved mainly with the help of Procreate app and a tablet. He studied Costume Design at Saint Petersburg Art and Industry Academy and now, his work is so inspiring and appreciated that he has created his own unique brushes for digital painting.
In his series "Famous characters and their pets", Aleksei draws beautiful portraits of loved pop-culture characters with their 'spirit' pets: from Jon Snow with a white direwolf cub to Batman with a little bat or Mistique with a fantasy mini version of herself.
Apart from taking these artworks to another level of cuteness, these tiny animals have a symbolic meaning and perfectly represent their owners.
Jon Snow (Kit Harington in "Game of Thrones")
The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones finally kicks off on April 14th, so Aleksei Vinogradov has treated us with a tribute to one of the most iconic characters of the series, Jon Snow.
《权力的游戏》第八季，也是最后一季，终于在4月14日播出了。Aleksei Vinogradov致敬这个系列中最具标志性的角色之一 — 琼恩·雪诺。
Jon is realistically portrayed with his loyal albino direwolf pup Ghost, whom he rescues early in the series.
Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence in "The X-Men")
Born as Raven Darkhome, Mystique is a mutant from the superhero film series X-Men which has the ability to shapeshift into anyone.
Her cute pet is a little duplicate of her natural blue-skinned and red-haired form.
Batman (Christian Bale in "Batman")
There isn't a better pet option for Bruce Wayne than the black creature of the night that actually inspired his superhero alter ego — a bat. He was once scared of bats but turned his fear into a symbol of power and strength.
Hellboy (Ron Perlman in "Hellboy")
It's no surprise that a pet of Hellboy would be a little devil.
In spite of his demonic and frightening appearance that would fit a true villain, Hellboy is actually a superhero fighting against the forces of darkness. He is a very likable and good-hearted character with a witty sense of humor, and his playful red friend seems to have the same traits.
Malekith (Christopher Eccleston in "Thor: The Dark World")
Malekith who aimed to transform the universe into eternal darkness was the utterly cruel, ruthless and malicious leader of the Dark Elves.
No wonder that his pet is quite intimidating despite being small in size. It seems that the little fella would rule a fair share of the universe if his owner's plan wasn't ruined by Thor.
Mathilda (Natalie Portman in "Léon: The Professional")
Natalie Portman's Mathilda is a 12-year-old girl who finds shelter in professional hitman Léon's apartment after her family is murdered.
Innocent and childish but already carrying deep emotional scars, that make her mature beyond her years she transforms into a well-prepared assassin ready to avenge. Her 'spirit' animal is a black cat: very affectionate but true to its wild instincts.
Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley in "Pirates of the Caribbean")
Elizabeth has strong will and an independent mind, which paired with her masterful use of battle strategy skills made this young woman a brave pirate. Her kitty has a distinctive style that might have been influenced by one particularly eccentric pirate.
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