Finally got around to doing this. This was a small project I did over the course of my graduating term. It was honestly something I had to do to revisit my drawing roots and why I picked up a pencil and started drawing when I was a kid.
The following are my re-imagining of a few main characters within Water Margin as animals indigenous to China.
But for a little background, Water Margin (also known as Outlaws of the Marsh), is one of the four great Chinese classical novels, alongside “Journey to the West”, “Romance of the Three Kingdoms”, and “Dream of the Red Chamber”.
The tale is a tale of brotherhood, corrupt governments, renegade justice, and honor among thieves. Imagine Robin Hood with a mix of Chaucer, in the style of Guy Ritchie & Quentin Tarantino, written in prose during 14th century China.
My goal was to marry the western ideologies in art with my drawing style, and most importantly, to the settings in which the story took place. I took generous liberties, but part of the challenge was to use my experience and knowledge of cultures to cater this "Chinese product" to a broader western audience.
More sketches and studies.
I want to make more.