Portraits of Power Animals by Andreas Preis

People may joke about their power animals (or they don’t joke), but it’s true that we humans ascribe various qualities and strengths to our animal friends, whether we see them as the embodiment of certain attributes or just blessed with really awesome skills. Andreas Preis, whose work we recently spotted over at Visual News, illustrates these animals, along with the word he thinks they embody, in a series that is charmingly reminiscent of those cheesy motivational posters you see in classrooms — if they were made of stained glass and hanging on the rough walls of animals’ dens, that is. Click through to check out Preis’s Alive series, and then be sure to head on over to his website to check out more of his work.

Image credit: Andreas Preis