Something exciting! @repecca and I are doing a joint Visual Development project this term! Based on the Russian fairy tale Vasilisa the Beautiful, we’re going to be doing characters, locations and other fun things. Here are some of my sketches and design explorations for Baba Yaga, Vasilisa’s Step-sister and Step-mother. Some location designs are also in the works and on their way! :>
By his first wife, a merchant had a single daughter, who was known as Vasilisa the Beautiful. When the girl was eight years old, her mother died. On her deathbed, she gave Vasilisa a tiny wooden doll with instructions to give it a little to eat and a little to drink if she were in need, and then it would help her.
Baba Yaga is a supernatural being who appears as a deformed and/or ferocious-looking woman. Baba Yaga flies around in a mortar, wields a pestle, and dwells deep in the forest in a hut usually described as standing on chicken legs (or sometimes a single chicken leg).
Given by her lost mother, Vasilisa carries her big doll wherever she goes.In fact, this doll becomes alive when given a cookie and helps Vasilisa with anything.It takes just one cookie! Maybe Vasilisa should think about giving it a raise.
The last two weeks Animal Alphabets Fairy Tale Edition was U for Ugly Duckling and V for Vasilisa the Beautiful (Based off a Russian fairy tale). Long story short, she is sent to find fire, and meets Baba Yaga and must complete a set of tasks with the help of her magical doll given to her by her dead mother.
It sways lightly, willow leaves rustling as the house creaks. The single chicken foot taps its claws on the ground, clack-clack-clack-clack. It bends, and the front door lowers towards you. You’ve reached Baba Yaga’s hut.
Designs for Baba Yaga’s abode! It hops. Can you imagine how alarming it would be to be inside it when it moves?
Baba Yaga goes up to the counter and orders a flaming hot jasmine tea. She forces the barista to sort the coffee beans behind the counter on penalty of death. On an unrelated note, the barista later marries the tsar.