Tuesday, January 8, 2008

"Puapualenalena, Wizard Dog of Waipi`o Valley"

The "Trickster" book is a broad-reaching one, covering many geographic areas and many trickster forms. Perhaps the most exotic story in the anthology is "Puapualenalena, Wizard Dog of Waipi`o Valley" by Thomas Cummings Jr., a cultural educator at the Bishop Museum in Hawai'i. It is a Hawai'ian legend about a magical quest where the Wizard Dog takes on demons to recover a stolen item. Paul Zdepski, an inspiring professional artist from Northern Virginia, is rendering the story. He's using a slightly different approach to illustrating the story by drawing each piece separately on a computer and then laying each panel out on a page. Below are a few sketches of some of the characters for the story.

1 comment:

zillustration said...

Just and FYI for all involved... The final images aren't quite as scary. I toned down the characters quite a lot, as to negate the nightmare material. The Green 'uhane above now has blunted teeth, and a less evil eye. Mr. Hammerhead isn't showing off his naughty-bitz either in the final pub. I'm stoked about this project, and can't wait to see the final product!