Story Concept

For my narrative illustration project, I decide to chose The Little Match Girl by  Han Christian Anderson. The background of the story was on a cold New Year’s Eve, a poor, young girl tries to sell matches in the street with her naked feet. She is too afraid to go home because her father would beat her for not selling any matches. The girl starts to light the matches to kept herself warm and see several scenes that fit the holiday. Like a warm stove, the wonderful roast goose and a magnificent Christmas tree thats larger than the one she had seen last Christmas through the glass at the rich merchant’s house.Then she look up the sky and saw a falling star and thought to herself that “Someone is dying” because her dead grandmother had told her that when a star fell down, a soul will went up to God; as foreshadowing that the girl is dying. The last scene she had with the matches was her dead grandmother, the only person who had loved her. She wanted to keep her grandmother by struck the whole bundle of matches. As a result, she was fulfilled her wish with her grandmother because she was frozen to dead after the all the matches burned out and her grandmother carries her soul to God.

For my version, I would keep most of the story and give a appearance of the father, which had never shown in the story other than we know he will beat the little girl. I wanted to change the father’s character to be a nice father that picks her up and give her something to keep her warm at the end. I would keep the focus on the little girl and give a vision of her father looking down at her daughter.

Project 4 idea

The story I will be focusing on will be Cinderella. For my concept I will change the setting into a film noir time period (1944-1954). The premise would involve a prince hiring a detective to find the owner of a shoe. Cinderella will become a femme fatale, a character that often appears in this type of film.

One scene I will focus on will be an office scene at night with the prince and detective. This scene is crucial to the setting up the story. The next scene I will focus on will be the tragic death of Cinderella with the prince holding her in his arms. I may do a third scene to better establish the flow of the story.

Part 1: Story Concept – Week 12

Vanessa Ramirez

Story Concept for “El Cadejo”

BACKGROUND: In El Salvador, the dog-like creature is known as El Cadejo, is said to look like a dog but is not a dog, has deer-like hooves and also moves like a deer, rather than a dog. The white Cadejos are known to be benevolent and eat bell-like flowers that only grows on volcanoes. The white Cadejo protects people including drunks, vagabonds, and people with grudges from all evil footsteps and even La Siguanaba (a shape-changing spirit), and bad choices which are sometimes caused by the evil black Cadejo. The black Cadejo is malevolent and lures people to make bad choices. The black Cadejo has glowing red eyes and eats newborn puppies and sometimes the black Cadejo is said to be the devil himself. The black Cadejo is said to be able to stand on two feet like a man and swiftly throw punches on its victims, letting them know that they are no ordinary dog.

STORY: Two brothers who walk into the house of a black magician. During a storm, he asks the boys to help him with some logs for a fire. Both boys slack on the job and ate the man’s food. Once he finds out the little bit of food he had is missing and that there is not enough wood for his fire, he puts a curse on the road that leads to the boys’ village. Voices bother the boys and when they turn their backs on the voices they get turned into creatures: a white cadejo and a black one. After going back to their village in their cursed form they get kicked out and have no choice but to wander.


Overall Project Description:


Create an Editorial Illustration for use to accompany an article in a magazine, printed or online. This project is broken into stages with peer critique and critical feedback given at each stage, spanning 4 weeks in total.

  • The final illustration must be created using a limited palate of black, white, and one or two other colors
  • It should be made using a combination of traditional drawing / inking skills and digital coloring.
  • Final art should be made to fit the real magazine’s specs. (Approx 9” x12”)

Work will be judged on the clarity and cleverness of the overall concept, thoughtful utilization of composition, the use of value, and of course the skillfulness of overall technique.



  1. 50 % project grade Submit a PDF PROCESS BOOK guiding us through the project from inception to conclusion. Carefully SCAN your process work. This should include : Your Source Material,  Brainstorm, Thumbnails, Concept Sketches, Value Roughs, Related Sketchbook Work, and Final Art. Carefully Label all of your work so that your thought process is CLEAR. Be sure all of it is presented well: facing the right way, no shadows in the picture, good contrast, etc.
  2. 50 % project grade Submit a publication ready 300 DPI JPEG of Final ART








Idea for Final Project

For the narrative illustration, I decided to choose the story of Little Red Riding Hood as my basis. For those who don’t know, the story is about a little girl, dressed in a red cloak who takes a trip to her grandmother’s house in the woods to deliver her food.  When Little Red arrives at her grandmother’s house, she takes notice to how her grandmother doesn’t look human. Come to find out it is a wolf, and the wolf proceeds to eat her. I decided to take the scene where she gets eaten by a wolf as my focal point. I want to make it so that she is eaten by an alien instead of a wolf. The genre of this illustration is horror. Also, the setting would take place on an alien planet

Illustration Discussion

I don’t know the title of this illustration, but the illustrator’s name is Pawel Kuczynski. As much as mainstream social media issues illustrations annoy me, this one stood out to me. It spoke to me immediately, in other words, it did the job an editorial illustration is suppose to do, communicate of an issue without words. It shows how when people are on their phones, they’re sort of isolated form the rest of sociality, physically. So them being on the phone (excessive use) is like they’re on an island, in their own world.