The Myth of Dragon Girl:
Chapter 3, The Dragon Girl asked Liu Yi to pass a letter to her father in Dongting Lake, so that she could be rescued by the Dragon King. Liu Yi agreed and despite traversing through all the dangers, he finally reached Dongting Lake. He knocked the tangerine tree and the Yaksha 夜叉 appeared and questioned the reason for his arrival. After Liu Yi introduced himself, he told Yaksha that he has brought a letter from the Dragon Girl to be passed to the Dragon King. Yaksha agreed to bring him to the palace. After escorted him to the underwater palace, Liu Yi finally met the Dragon King and presented the letter to him.
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.