Nate Hallinan, Freelance Artist, Creates Incredible Creature Portraits

01/17/2014 09:39 am ET | Updated Jan 25, 2014

From the downright cuddly to the simply terrifying, these seven pieces of hyper-realistic art will transport you to a different world.

Nate Hallinan, a freelance artist based in California, has won numerous awards and has even been commissioned by Forbes magazine. Check out his full collection here.

The art and comments below are from Hallinan's Facebook page and website.

  • 1 Smurf Sighting
    Nate Hallinan
    "It is generally difficult to spot a Smurf; they are very apprehensive and cunning. Sadly though, it is rumored that they are hunted for their medicinal properties. It’s hard to determine but it is thought that there are not many colonies of Smurf left."
  • 2 Skulltula Ambush
    Nate Hallinan
    "Skulltula Ambush! My version of what a real Skulltula might look like. If you haven't played any of the Zelda games, Skulltulas are nasty spiders in Hyrule."
  • 3 Mooncatcher
    Nate Hallinan
    "Mooncatchers are small nocturnal animals which live in the trees of densely forested regions. Their eyes are adapted to attract insects by mimicking the glow of moonlight."
  • 4 Wolve’rüne
    Nate Hallinan
    "Making Wolverine a dwarf just seemed so fitting especially with his famous demeanor and already being short in the comics. In fact, he was the first character I thought of and it inspired the rest of the series."
  • 5 Konk - Pirate Of The Dark Waters
    Nate Hallinan
    "A handsome character from one of my childhood favorite cartoons: The Pirates of Dark Water. This cartoon was so imaginative with all its bizarre characters, creatures and environments. Since I was such a fan, I thought it would be fun to take this character and redesign him in my own style."
  • 6 Child War General
    Nate Hallinan
    1st place winner of The Gnomon Workshop 2D Challenge, September 2009. Theme: “Evil Children.”
  • 7 Anuran Warrior
    Nate Hallinan
    Just chillin'.

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