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Ghost

Ghost, a thesis, is a product of research and a personal reflection on Asian myths and re-contextualizing it for the modern day. Through the use of illustrations and a 19ft scroll, Ghost, describes the story of a young girl who gets whisked away to the spirit world with her grandmother.

Hillary Chen

Publication Design

Ghost explores the notion of how myths survive the test of time by evolving with the era they are told in. It plays on the interconnectedness between modernity and tradition, in content and structure. Ghost is a celebration and exploration of identity and culture. It explores how Chinese myths have shaped my upbringing and understanding of the world through illustration.

The scroll describes how Kit sees her grandmother during the ghost festival after she passes away. This meeting brings them on an adventure along with the Monkey King in order to return an old family heirloom to the Jade Emperor. Kit attempts to restore peace to Earth and learns to confront loss. The scroll itself is split into two parts, one representing Kit in the modern world and the second her journey into the spirit world.

Through the creation of Ghost, many prototypes, iterations and concepts of the final project was played with. However, a wooden scroll mechanism was used in order to modernize and put a twist on a more traditional format. Bone clasps were used as a closing system to relate back to other Asian objects. The illustration style was created in a vector format where texture and line were used to add more character. Colour was utilized to showcase shifts in tone and mood. In the future, I am hoping to create a parallax side scrolling website.