The Myth of Dragon Girl:
Chapter 5, They won the battle and the Dragon Girl was rescued. They held a triumphant ceremony to celebrate the return of Dragon Girl. The court ladies played the music and started dancing. Liu Yi was hosted by the Dragon King’s family in the hall. The Dragon King thanked him with a cup of wine, and the Queen asked Liu Yi what he wanted in return. Liu Yi declined the proposal and had only requested to meet the Dragon Girl so that he can return the hairpin to her. Dragon King agreed.
At the same time, a beautiful lady walks into the hall, she is the Dragon Girl who had dress herself up. Her beauty mesmerized all the people in the hall, especially Liu Yi. He returned the hairpin to her and gave her a jade pendant as a token of his love. Dragon Girl accepted the jade pendant.
About the series:
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 fall 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, acquire 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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