This project was created as part of my thesis project during my final year at MICA. I read many folktales from around the world and sought out interesting imagery and characters to develop into 9 full page illustrations. As I made each illustration, I did a ton of research into the clothing, symbols, patterns, and other related imagery from the each story’s culture.
I am fascinated by old stories and how they have been passed down and shaped future stories. I learned a lot from this project, but I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface! There is so much more to these unique cultures, and I’ll continue to draw inspiration from them.
In order the stories are as follows:
The Fisherman and the Gruagach of Tricks (Ireland)
The Giant Who Had No Heart (Norway)
The Firebird and the Horse of Power (Russia)
Sinbad and the Seven Voyages- The Land of Giants (Middle East)
The Magic Brocade (China)
Hats to Disappear With (Korea)
Oni and the Great Bird (Yoruba tribe)
The Search for the Magic Lake (Ecuador)
PS. Trying to reorganize my behance portfolio, sorry for some repeated images!