The Myth of Dragon Girl:
Chapter 2 presents the background of the Dragon Girl and explains the reason for her suffering. She was the younger daughter of the Dragon King, Dongting Jun. One day, she represented her father to attend the birthday celebration of the Queen of Heaven. She brought a jade cup as a gift to the Queen. However, the jade cup was broken accidentally and has caused the monster that was locked in the cup to escape. Dragon Girl tried to persue the monster but failed. The monster defeated her and used its magic to create a prison and locked the Dragon Girl at Jingrong Lake. Also, the monster transformed into a herd of goats to guard her.
About the series:
A modern reinterpretation of traditional Chinese narrative through the creation of digital illustration.
The traditional narrative is a part of the cultural heritage of a country, which provides excellent resources and inspiration for creative production. To promote the history and traditions of the Chinese to the world stage, numerous Chinese traditional narratives had reinterpreted into different forms. The adaptation of stories had led the conventional to become a trend in China. As Malaysian Chinese, we are familiar with most of the classic stories. However, some specific classics are being neglected by most of the local Chinese; ‘The Myth of Dragon Girl’, also known as ‘Legend of Liu Yi’, a story about a young scholar who falls in love with the Dragon Girl and rescued her from her evil husband. This study aims to investigate the process of recreating the narrative in the form of digital illustration, including storyline adaptation, character design, and explore how to integrate traditional Chinese elements with modern techniques. First, focuses on the narrative in different versions of interpretation to analyze the development of storyline and character traits; then, retains the main structure, acquires the essence of each edition, and adapts the plots. Secondly, three picture books selected to conduct a visual interpretation analysis to explore the evolution of art style, the physical appearance of the characters, and elements adopted in each picture book. Next, ‘Nymph of the Lou River’, an additional visual material selected under examination to analyze the format of scroll painting. It is a work to bring the traditional narrative back to life and communicate with audiences through image creation.
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