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This Artist Reimagined 10 Different Countries As Adorable Cartoon Characters

Lera Kiryakova is a Russian artist who is known for her adorable wide-eyed illustrations of celebrities and pop culture characters. However, recently the artist decided to try something a little different by creating illustrations of… countries and regions. And no, in case you were wondering, Lera didn’t just draw a bunch of maps. The artist illustrated ten countries and regions from all over the world as adorable cartoon characters, each of them inspired by outfits, animals, and foods specific to each country.

In an interview with Bored Panda, the artist said that in this project she wanted to how different all of us are – and that that’s amazing and wonderful. Lera says that it was interesting both to draw and study the nations, and their costumes. “I portrayed countries and people through cute girls because this is close to me and my art style. This project has become very special to me,” said the artist.

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#1 Mexico

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#2 Native American Girl

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Lera’s first idea was to draw every girl with a national animal but she soon realized that some of them were too big for the composition and decided to change them, like drawing the Indian girl with a snake instead of an elephant. “It doesn’t mean that the snake is a traditional animal, but it helps to bring out more history and spirit of the character,” points out the artist.

#3 Girl From The North

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#4 Mongolia

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When creating her illustrations, Lera always uses many references to learn more about costumes and all the little details, as well as use them for the characters’ poses. “I often use my own photo for that. Sometimes it’s funny, especially to take a photo of myself with different facial expressions,” joked the artist.

Lera always starts with an idea and then finds references for the poses, clothes, and faces. “Next, I do a fast sketch with a simple pencil on paper or directly in Photoshop,” explained the artist. “And then I work with colors. I always use my graphic tablet and Photoshop or an iPad. My favorite part is adding details and drawing hair.”

#5 Japan

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#6 Hawaii

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With over 14 years of experience, Lera is no newcomer when it comes to drawing – in fact, she even has an online course that you can take to improve your own skills!

#7 Ukraine

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#8 Kenya

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#9 India

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#10 Russia

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One day, this guy just kind of figured – “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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The 9 Most Stunning Islands Off U.S. Shores

There’s no denying the allure of Santorini and Sardinia, but we’ve got plenty of idyllic islands to explore in our own backyard. From upscale enclaves favored by presidents and celebrities to low-key nature preserves teeming with wildlife, the best islands off U.S. shores are perfect for a summer getaway—no passport required.

Photo: Patrick O’Brien / Courtesy of Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Charleston is consistently ranked among the best cites in the U.S., so it should come as no surprise that Kiawah Island—where Charlestonians go in the summer—is one of the country’s most gorgeous islands. With ten miles of pristine beaches, legendary golf courses at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, and nature trails among the marshes, it’s the perfect place for a family vacation or romantic getaway.

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Shelter Island, New York

When New Yorkers need to escape the concrete jungle, this island between the Hamptons and Long Island’s North Fork is one of the places they go. Buzzing with visitors in summer, it’s a blissfully unpretentious alternative to the Hamptons with plenty of rural charm. Find a dash of New York sophistication at Sunset Beach, a twenty-room hotel by André Balazs.

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Lanai, Hawaii

Pristine beaches, winding roads clinging to cliffs over the Pacific, volcanoes, and lush tropical landscapes—Hawaii’s islands draw vacationers from all over the U.S. As one of the smaller, more under-the-radar isles, Lanai boasts blissfully crowd-free beaches, dramatic cliffs, and luxe accommodations like the recently renovated Four Seasons Lanai.

 
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Cumberland Island, Georgia

Georgia’s largest barrier island is an 18-mile stretch of undeveloped beaches and marshes teeming with wildlife, including shrimp, sea turtles, and alligators, not to mention the horses that roam the land. Protected by the National Park Service, the island’s natural beauty has been preserved. Pitch a tent or book a room at the comfortable Greyfield Inn.

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Mackinac Island, Michigan

We wouldn’t blame you for mistaking Mackinac Island for the Caribbean—the water is the same vibrant shade of turquoise. This car-free stretch of land in Lake Huron feels like a blast from the past thanks to enchanting properties like Mission Point and the Grand Hotel, which have been welcoming guests for over a hundred years.

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Gasparilla Island, Florida

The Florida Keys may be more famous, but that just means this barrier island off the Gulf Coast remains a secret hideaway for insiders. It’s been a low-key luxury vacation spot since J. P. Morgan and the Vanderbilts started visiting in the pre-Prohibition days. Check into the Gasparilla Inn for a taste of that Jazz Age life.

 
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Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

This idyllic New England enclave is the preferred vacation spot of preppy Bostonians and of presidential families including the Kennedys, the Clintons, and the Obamas. You’ll find plenty of historic charm, scenic lighthouses, beautiful beaches, and yachts. Rent a house like the locals do or stay at the funky new Summercamp by Lark Hotels.

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Mount Desert Island, Maine

Thick pine forests, waves crashing against rocky cliffs, sandy beaches—this little island off the shores of Bar Harbor is the stuff summer-camp dreams are made of. Stay at the quaint Asticou Inn and spend your days hiking and swimming in Acadia National Park, whose carriage paths were commissioned by John D. Rockefeller.

Photo: Charity Burggraaf / Courtesy of the Willows Inn

Lummi Island, Washington

This little island in the Salish Sea off the coast of Washington state has become a pilgrimage site for foodies thanks to award-winning chef Blaine Wetzel’s must-try Pacific Northwest cuisine at the Willows Inn. Spend your days spotting orca whales and exploring the forests and coastline where Wetzel forages for ingredients that appear on your plate.

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