There is something archetypal and recognizable in the eerie illustrations of Stefan Koidl. Koidl is an Austrian freelance illustrator and concept artist, that makes illustrations that highlight creepy motifs, ranging from urban legends to mythical creatures.
His art is diverse in sense and style, but most often it’s highly realistic, making for a spooky effect. It’s their realistic representation that enhances the presence of nightmarish creatures and demons. Children are also present in his work, reminding us of our own childhood fears.
His illustrations are set in settings that perfectly match the atmosphere. For instance, Koidl has a series of illustrations inspired by sci-fi culture and dystopian novels, that showcase ruins where ghouls roam.
When asked what inspires him, the artist said that it was other artists, films, and games, as well as learning to paint things in your imagination, creating your “own world.”
Check out his spooky illustrations in the gallery below!