Asian illustrations of European fairy tales

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

When you think of classic Western fairy tales, such as Alice in Wonderland or Snow White, Disney’s depiction of the princesses are probably the ones to come into your head first. Korean illustrator Na Young Wu, however, decided to bring a fresh and new perspective into our visualization of the fairy tales by re-drawing them in a traditional Korean style called manhwa.

The artist, who also goes by the name of Obsidian on Twitter, left the iconic features of the princesses and other fairy tale characters, such as the dominating colors and the surroundings, but changed their appearances and clothes so that they reflect the traditional Korean costumes, hairstyles, and nature.

Snow White

Snow White

Click on Korean Illustrator for more fairy tale pictures by Na Young Wu.

Hat tip to my expatriate e-mail pen pal Jack.

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3 Responses to “Asian illustrations of European fairy tales”

  1. tefltravelling Says:



  2. djgarcia94 Says:

    The kid’s section of any library will have ethnic versions of various fairy tales, I remember checking out an animated Chinese Cinderella. There are so many variations of those stories within Europe that it’s difficult to tell if the non-European versions are deliberate adaptations or only similar by coincidence.

    I love how the Beast is wearing a Confucian priest’s hat.


  3. shop Says:

    Great article.


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