First Advisor

Coleman, Barbara

Thesis Committee Member(s)

Ortega, Anthony


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

120 pages


My thesis consists of a series of five illustrations based on European folktales, and a written examination of the development of the logic behind the artistic process. I deal with the Scottish story "Tam Lin"; the German story "The Six Swans"; the Icelandic story "The Seal's Skin"; the Norwegian story "East of the Sun and West of the Moon"; and the Russian story "The Death of Koshchei the Deathless". I consider the reasons for choosing a particular scene to illustrate, how to most effectively compose the scene to convey the story to viewers in a clear visual manner, and how I used the elements and principles of design to create an illustration that is successful both as a stand-alone piece of art and a means of visually retelling a story. Additionally, I reflect on how illustrating these stories have affected the way I think about both folktales and illustration as a whole.

Date of Award

Spring 2014

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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