Nayoung Wooh aka Obsidian is a professional illustrator in South Korea who has taken some of Disney’s most famous iterations of fairy tales and given them an historical Korean twist. Gone are the European gowns and seashells and instead these beautiful pieces have the well-known heroines in delicate hanboks.
I love it when artists take well known “western” media and make it their own, and when I came across these images I immediately fell in love. They transfer so effortlessly.
You all known I’m a huge lover of Korea. I wrote late last year how I was debating moving there and I gushed about my adoration of Korean dramas as well. So I’m particularly taken with these illustrations. South Korea, despite it’s modernity and being a leader in technology, is very proud of its tradition and history. Historical dramas are incredibly popular (and you can find a great list of some to watch here), and it seems that a favorite past time is dressing “modern” characters in historical clothes. It’s a nice touch that I, as an American, don’t get to experience with my own culture. I just love these.
However, I’m going to stop rambling on and let these illustrations speak for themselves. Instead, I’ll point you towards Obsidian’s website and twitter, where you can follow more of their work.