COMD3313, Illustration 1, OL74, FA21

Professor Schoenbrun | COMD3313 OL74| FA21

Final Project

Fairytale Folktale or Fable Reboot

Overall Description:

In this multilayered project you will reinterpret a folk tale or fairy tale through your own creative lens. This can be a folk tale from any culture; Chinese, Caribbean, Kenyan, Russian, Iranian, etc.

Note how different artists over time have reinterpreted the story of Alice in Wonderland, by Louis Carrol who is originally from the united Kingdom.

Final Project

There are 4 requires parts to this project.


Due Date(s)


DUE WEEK 12, Nov 23rd

For this part of the project you will develop characters for your original story concept.

These characters and concept sketches may be in color but are not required to be in color. They do not need to be tightly finished.

*Art can be made using any combination of traditional drawing, inking skills, and digital coloring.


DUE WEEK 13, Nov 30


DUE WEEK 15 (Thumbnails and concept sketches due week 14 )

  • Final Art can be made using any combination of traditional drawing / inking skills and digital coloring.
  • Final art should be Limited Palate or Black and white.  
  • Final art is 300 dpi
  • Final art specs are up to the artist. Horizontal, verticle, or square. (I suggest working 7×7 or larger.)



Prepare a 5 minute presentation (5 minutes total with Q&A) on your story and your working process, guiding us through the project from inception to conclusion.

You will present your work on the last day of class.

Submit your Presentation as PDF PROCESS BOOK


Problem solve visually

Apply technical skills

Apply design concepts

Analyze content

Create original content

Apply critical thinking skills to make creative inferences

Evaluate different ethical perspectives and concepts

Respect and Use Creativity

Final Project, Part 2


Due Week 12

Create Character Sketches for your Story Reboot. Focus on the protagonist and at least one other character. Take the time to get to know your characters first.

  • Consider how your choices such as age, body type, gender, race, humanity/ or other communicate aspects of the character.
  • Consider the same when choosing details such as clothing, or accessories.

FILL at least 2 pages per character in your sketchbook with your character design ideas.

Finalize at least one fully body sketch per character. You may draw additional poses if you like.

Walt Disney’s Alice

Discussion Week 12: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick is a fascinating and unusual book. It opens with an introductory letter from Chris Van Allsburg himself, explaining the book’s origins. “I first saw the drawings in this book a year ago, in the home of a man named Peter Wenders,” Van Allsburg begins. He goes on to explain that many years earlier, a man called Harris Burdick stopped by the office of Peter Wenders, who then worked for a publisher of children’s books, choosing stories and pictures to be made into books. Burdick brought one drawing from each of fourteen stories he had written as a sample for Mr. Wenders. Fascinated by the drawings, Wenders told Burdick he wanted to see the rest of his work as soon as possible. Promising to bring the stories in the next day, Burdick left—never to be seen again. The fourteen pictures he left behind—and their accompanying captions—remained in Wenders’s possession until Van Allsburg himself saw them (and the stories that Wenders’s children and their friends had long ago been inspired to write by looking at them). The mysterious pictures, writes Van Allsburg, are reproduced for the first time in the hope that they will inspire many other children to write stories as well.

Synopsis from the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Teacher’s Guide

Chris Van Allsburg’s celebrated and thought-provoking illustrations in The Mysteries of Harris Burdick have intrigued readers of all ages for the past 25 years. Each illustration highlights a critical moment of a story, accompanied only by a single line of text and a title, forcing the readers to create the rest of the tale for themselves. This book is a stunning case study in the power of using the technique of freezing a moment in time coupled with picking the right event, the right critical moment in the narrative, to drive forward the drama and storytelling of the image.

View the video

What techniques does Van Allsburg use to tell the story?

Why are the moments he chooses so effective?


Discussion Week 8: Digital Inking

Check out this Process Video by a real master of digital drawings, composition and inking, Tomer Hanuka. Then Consider, how is Hanuka using digital tools to aides in composition? How is he using LAYERS to help him? What are the steps in the process from beginning to end?

What are the take-aways from watching this master at work?


Process inks using a Cintiq 24HD and Photoshop
The image is part of the Legend of the Heyokai series , inspired by the TMNT Movie.
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