Story Proposal


Reinterpret a classic folk tale or fairy tale through your own creative lens. 


Choose a classic story such as a children’s fairy tale or folk tale. Go to the library or bookstore and do some research. The story can be from any culture.

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Brainstorm different ways to reinterpret this story through your own unique lens. Try changing one or more of the main categories of story focus:

  1. genre
  2. cultural influence
  3. mood
  4. setting
  5. update characters

Settle on a concept for your reinterpretation.


Though you are interpreting the story through your own personal artistic lens, it must be informed by thorough research and reference.

Start by finding information on the setting: time period, culture, environment. Look for reference for staging as well. You’ll need props such as clothing, architecture, furniture, plants, or animals. All of this must be accurate and carefully researched in the final illustration.  You’ll also need to begin considering characters for your story update.  Start researching reference on this as well.

You will be required to shoot photo reference for this project.

This library is an ongoing part of the project. You will supply new research images as you accumulate them. Reference will be expected during each phase of the project.

You will submit your reference along with the final in your presentation


Write a brief summary of your proposed project to post to the open lab. Include the following:

  • What is the original story name? Post the link to story, scan in the story, or write the book information so we can find it from a library.
  • an explanation of the changes you are making for your interpretation
  • a brief summary of your story
  • a description of the characters and setting
  • demographic/audience for this proposed book


Post your proposal to the OPEN LAB.  TAG your post Final Project.