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Project-2015

Illustrate the Hero's Journey

1FW Student Illustration Project

The theme for this year is the Hero’s Journey. It's about aspiring to transform and be better, something each of the students will be doing at the workshop.

In the spirit of this theme the project will be to illustrate a scene from the Hero’s Journey.

CALL TO ADVENTURE

This is the moment when the hero’s life first changes. This is the moment that Arthur pulls the sword from the stone, when Luke’s Aunt and Uncle die, or when Alice falls down the rabbit hole. Things are no longer the same and the hero must adapt.

  • Classic Interpretation – Choose a classic myth like King Arthur or Odysseus and illustrate the hero’s Call to Adventure moment.
  • Remix of Classic – Take a classic myth and turn it on its head. What if King Arthur was a Steampunk Epic, or Odysseus was a journey through space.
  • Personal Project – Take the hero from your own world or story and illustrate her call to adventure moment.

TRANSFORMATION

This is the moment when the hero is tested and transformed into their greater self.  After getting his saber and learning the Force, Luke sees Obi-Wan die at Vader’s hand is forced out on his own. Hercules must face a series of trails to get back his family. Neo must rescue Morpheus. The hero must face great danger, overcome it, and realize his own personal power and magic.

  • Classic Interpretation – Choose a classic myth like Hercules or Siegfried and illustrate the hero’s Transformation.
  • Remix of Classic – Take a classic myth and turn it on its head. What if Hercules was pulp noir, or Siegfried was a tiny forest creature.
  • Personal Project – Take the hero from your own world or story and illustrate his Transformation moment.

RETURN HOME

The hero returns home, but is forever changed. How does the person he’s become go back to the old way of life? This is when Bilbo returns to the Shire laden with treasure and unable to interact with most other Hobbits, who just don’t understand adventure. This can also be the moment of transcendence when the hero sacrifices all and dies to save others. In this case he returns home only in terms of giving those back home a better life.

  • Classic Interpretation – Choose a classic myth like the Irish Cu Chulain or Gilgamesh and illustrate the hero’s Return Home.
  • Remix of Classic – Take a classic myth and turn it on its head. What if Cu Chulain was set against a Zombie Apocalypse, or Gilgamesh was in the Old West.
  • Personal Project – Take the hero from your own world or story and illustrate his Return Home.