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.