Borom Sarret
Borom Sarret
Longing (Across the Milky Way)
Longing (Across the Milky Way)

13" x 18.5" graphite on illustration board (digital color)

Two lovers are separated across the Milky Way and allowed to meet only once a year. When the day comes, they find that the Milky Way is too wide to cross and cry... And cry... And cry... Until the tears turned into a huge rain storm and it looks like everything on earth would be swept away. All the animals grow worried and come up with an idea. Since the crows and magpies can fly very high, perhaps they can build a bridge for the two lovers? The lovers are able to step on the heads of the black birds and finally meet.

That's how the black birds got their spots of white on their heads. And every year, on that day the rain stops or there's only light rain from the lovers' tears of joy from being reunited....

Transformation
Transformation

13" x 18.5" graphite on illustration board (digital color)

This is the story of a bear who wished to become human. The Bear and the Tiger asked Hwanung (son of heaven) to make them into human beings. He gave them some mugwort and cloves of garlic to eat and said if they stayed in the cave for the next 100 days their wish would be granted. After a few days, the Tiger gave up and left. 

Even though the Bear was hungry and growing weaker, it persevered and stayed the full 100 days. As a reward, the Bear was turned into a beautiful woman -- Ungnyeo. Hwanung was so impressed by her beauty and strength of character that they married and had a son, Dan-Gun, the founding father of Korea.

Shim Chung
Shim Chung

18.5"x13" graphite on illustration board

There is a classic Korean tale called Shim Chung, about a daughter who loves her father very much. She volunteers to be sacrificed to the ocean in exchange for the price to restore her blind father’s sight. The Dragon King is so moved by her story that he restores her to the surface in a giant lotus blossom.

What if she stayed a while in his undersea realm and found her true self there, away from societal expectations and pressures? What if they became good friends? This moment is the bittersweet farewell as she finally leaves for the surface in my alternative, whimsical musing on this classic story…

Moon Rabbit
Moon Rabbit

13"x18.5" graphite on illustration board

Many East Asian countries have a fable about the rabbit on the moon. He mixes the elixir for immortals with his mortar and pestle. Koreans, however, often give Mister Rabbit a companion, so that he isn't lonely. In this drawing, he eagerly awaits the creation of his bunny buddy. "Wake up, wake up!" he says. :)

Borom Sarret
Longing (Across the Milky Way)
Transformation
Shim Chung
Moon Rabbit
Borom Sarret
Longing (Across the Milky Way)

13" x 18.5" graphite on illustration board (digital color)

Two lovers are separated across the Milky Way and allowed to meet only once a year. When the day comes, they find that the Milky Way is too wide to cross and cry... And cry... And cry... Until the tears turned into a huge rain storm and it looks like everything on earth would be swept away. All the animals grow worried and come up with an idea. Since the crows and magpies can fly very high, perhaps they can build a bridge for the two lovers? The lovers are able to step on the heads of the black birds and finally meet.

That's how the black birds got their spots of white on their heads. And every year, on that day the rain stops or there's only light rain from the lovers' tears of joy from being reunited....

Transformation

13" x 18.5" graphite on illustration board (digital color)

This is the story of a bear who wished to become human. The Bear and the Tiger asked Hwanung (son of heaven) to make them into human beings. He gave them some mugwort and cloves of garlic to eat and said if they stayed in the cave for the next 100 days their wish would be granted. After a few days, the Tiger gave up and left. 

Even though the Bear was hungry and growing weaker, it persevered and stayed the full 100 days. As a reward, the Bear was turned into a beautiful woman -- Ungnyeo. Hwanung was so impressed by her beauty and strength of character that they married and had a son, Dan-Gun, the founding father of Korea.

Shim Chung

18.5"x13" graphite on illustration board

There is a classic Korean tale called Shim Chung, about a daughter who loves her father very much. She volunteers to be sacrificed to the ocean in exchange for the price to restore her blind father’s sight. The Dragon King is so moved by her story that he restores her to the surface in a giant lotus blossom.

What if she stayed a while in his undersea realm and found her true self there, away from societal expectations and pressures? What if they became good friends? This moment is the bittersweet farewell as she finally leaves for the surface in my alternative, whimsical musing on this classic story…

Moon Rabbit

13"x18.5" graphite on illustration board

Many East Asian countries have a fable about the rabbit on the moon. He mixes the elixir for immortals with his mortar and pestle. Koreans, however, often give Mister Rabbit a companion, so that he isn't lonely. In this drawing, he eagerly awaits the creation of his bunny buddy. "Wake up, wake up!" he says. :)

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