Folktales from Around the World by Matt Rockefeller

01A Collection of Illustrations by Matt RockefellerThe Fisherman and the Gruagach of Tricks (Ireland)

Matt Rockefeller is a freelance illustrator and visual development artist who received his BFA in illustration with a concentration in animation at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He specializes in creating images that communicate ideas, and he strives to be a storyteller in all aspects of his work.

“This project was created as part of my thesis project during my final year at MICA. I read many folktales from around the world and sought out interesting imagery and characters to develop into 9 full page illustrations. As I made each illustration, I did a ton of research into the clothing, symbols, patterns, and other related imagery from the each story’s culture. I am fascinated by old stories and how they have been passed down and shaped future stories. I learned a lot from this project, but I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface! There is so much more to these unique cultures, and I’ll continue to draw inspiration from them.” Matt Rockefeller

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02A Collection of Illustrations by Matt Rockefeller The Giant Who Had No Heart (Norway) 03A Collection of Illustrations by Matt RockefellerThe Firebird and the Horse of Power (Russia)04A Collection of Illustrations by Matt Rockefeller Sinbad and the Seven Voyages- The Land of Giants (Middle East) 05A Collection of Illustrations by Matt RockefellerThe Magic Brocade (China)06A Collection of Illustrations by Matt RockefellerUrashima (Japan)07A Collection of Illustrations by Matt RockefellerHats to Disappear With (Korea)08A Collection of Illustrations by Matt RockefellerOni and the Great Bird (Yoruba tribe)09A Collection of Illustrations by Matt RockefellerThe Search for the Magic Lake (Ecuador)

Other illustrations:

10A Collection of Illustrations by Matt RockefellerDissappearance, created for MICA’s ‘Seance’ gallery show11A Collection of Illustrations by Matt RockefellerSong of Storms, created for Light Grey Art Lab’s 6 Degrees exhibition12A Collection of Illustrations by Matt RockefellerExplorer of Worlds, created for Light Grey Art Lab’s Rolemodels show and card game

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One Response to Folktales from Around the World by Matt Rockefeller

  1. pontiac1936 says:

    This is wonderful. Very imaginative and magical.

    Like

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