Beloved fairy tale princesses have gotten East Asian makeovers, and they look absolutely, stop-traffic, amazing. Emerging Korean artist Na Young Wu is changing these familiar characters (like Alice of Alice in Wonderand, and Snow White) by re-imagining them using a Korean technique of illustration called manhwa. Manwha is most notably used in manga (Japanese comics), and has really picked up quite a following in American culture in recent years. If you’ve ever read even a little bit of manga, these renderings will feel relatable and familiar. Wu’s vision has fused East and West resulting in a finished product so beautiful we are ready to plaster our bedroom walls in these babies. I’ll wait while you process how gorgeous these pictures are.
The Princess and the Frog
Little Red Riding Hood
The Snow Queen
The Little Mermaid
Alice in Wonderland
Wu’s technique mixes manhwa and these familiar icons into images that are unbelievably unique, allowing us to re-imagine stories we know so well — not to mention, allowing other cultures to more closely identify with these Western tales.
Her pictures are beyond transformative, and unlock a vision for what could be in any genre.