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Yay! Legends Every Day takes a flight of fancy into the otherworlds of fantasy fiction.

By Daniel Barron

 

An ability to feel awe is one of the premiums of childhood. When it comes to understanding the way the world works and operates, the burden of truth bears light. Magic is everywhere! A new world is just on the other side of that door! Your young mind would whir to life as you imagine riding a fuzzy dragon through a starry night sky, exploring underground goblin kingdoms, or journeying down a brick road with a bunch of neurotic freaks.

But life’s coat of paint degrades with time, and that which once seemed pregnant with possibility becomes infertile and banal. Of course, your elementary school didn’t uncover the ruins of a leprechaun village, Daniel, it was St. Patrick’s Day, OBVIOUSLY the construction crew was asked to put them there. No wonder kids made fun of you.

If science and grim reality desaturate your way of looking at the world, perhaps that is why author Grant Morrison refers to artists as one of the last true magicians. They project their dreams to an audience in ways that make you feel and believe. In this latest installment of Yay! LA‘s Yay! Legends Every Day project our distinguished lineup of talents go spelunking down the rabbit hole into the magical worlds of Caroll, Baum, Gaiman, Lewis, and beyond. Let them remind you of the infinite power of make believe. [Checks Tinder.]

 

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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) – Kat Philbin

Medium: 0.2 graphite lead

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is such an epic tale and I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to devote to my piece, so instead of being grand in scale I went very, very tiny. The Baron is approximately the size of a quarter, with a few of his many adventures depicted overhead.”

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Alice in Wonderland – Michael Stiles
Medium: digital
“Like many artists before me, I’ve always had a fondness for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. My interpretation, in particular, has a long history, which started in a sketch circa 2010-ish that I just never had the ability to fully realize until recently.
The first half of the piece (up to the Chesire Cat) was already sketched out, but the remainder proved challenging, as my original concept wasn’t complete, and the original trajectory was lost over time. In order to find inspiration, I decided to read the original story, because, to be honest, I could ne longer discern what liberties had been taken by the numerous adaptations I had seen and wanted to remain true to the classic.
My goal with the illustration was to accurately depict Alice’s journey as a sequential narrative while capturing the constant ever-changing nature of Wonderland. So I portrayed key elements of the story as they flow seamlessly into one another.”
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Big Fish (2003) – Aubrey Hedrick
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The Boy Who Lost Fairyland (2015) – Corina St. Martin

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (1950) – Christiane Vex

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy (1954) – Belinda Morris

Medium: watercolor, pencil, and pastel

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle (1956) – Belinda Morris

Medium: watercolor, pencil, and pastel

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Coraline (2009) – Meredith Dillman

Medium: inks and watercolors

Coraline is a movie with so many interesting visuals and a unique style. My favorite scene is the garden at night with the glowing flowers. Such a creative design!”

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The Fall (2006) – Ashley Villers

Medium: watercolor and ink

Side: 9×12″

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The Fountain (2006) – Iris Compiet

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The Golden Key – Baraciel Almada

Media: mixed media

Size: 9×9″

“I chose ‘The Golden Key,’ because the moment I read it it became my favorite fairytale. I was shocked to discover it was written in 1867, because it’s underlying Christian undertones read more like some form of mystic animism. Each and every nature-based character is worthy of their own full-length book. The story is light and pleasant yet laced with existential heft, and reminded me of another favorite, The Little Prince. It both hurts and heals, and points one towards a ‘higher truth.’ While George MacDonald intended that higher truth to be Christianity, it can be equally meaningful and moving to anyone, as evidenced by this secular humanist’s loving review of it.”

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Hook (1991) – Max Bare

“RU-FI-OOOO!”

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Labyrinth (1922) – Evgeniya Golik

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Mirrormask (2005) – Monika Ptok-Byard

Medium: watercolor on illustration board

Size: 2.5×3.5″

“I wanted to paint Mirrormask because I absolutely love anything from Neil Gaiman. That being said, when I first watched the movie I had no idea they were even connected!  I loved the story and for some reason to this day the Sphinx Cat has stood out to me. The first thing that came to my mind was the Sphinx Cat so I thought I should paint it.”

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The Neverending Story (1984) – Jenn Shieh

Medium: pencil

“A childhood favorite. ‘He doesn’t realize he’s already part of The Neverending Story.'”

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Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) – Cora Crimson

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Peter Pan – Art Grafunkel

“Peter Pan always fascinated me. He’s an enigma, a perverse paradox. The body of a little boy that has been alive for ages, with the eyes of an unscarred warrior that has seen countless battles, and the eternal soul of a child that never wants to grow up. He lost every sense of responsibility, and seeks only thrills, spills, and girls, either to love them as a mother or to **** them as a whore. He is the antithesis, the agent of chaos, the immortal anarchist.”

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Return to Oz (1985) – Holly Morningstar

“I’ve been wanting to do an homage to Return to Oz for years, but hadn’t allowed myself to take the time to do it for whatever reason. I rarely do fan art, so I guess that’s why. Anyway, one of the first movies I remember loving as a little girl was this one. I think it was because there were so many female characters in the movie, and they all had such an array of personalities, and not all of them were heroines by any means. How awesome to learn at such a young age, even if I didn’t understand it, that women can be brave, tender, wicked, nurturing, loyal, crooked, vulnerable, smart, cunning, humble…such dynamic individuals even in a society that dares to use ‘girly’ as an insult.”

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The Secret of Kells (2009) – Allison Langston

“I chose to work on The Secret of Kells. I love everything about this movie. I love the unique story and that it doesn’t follow the conventions of a ‘kid’s movie.’ I can truly say that it is one of my favorite films. One of the primary things that I love about the movie is the design of the film. Everything from the characters to the backgrounds is all gorgeous and pays homage to ancient Celtic illumination while remaining fresh and modern as well. It’s an interesting juxtaposition that I love. I decided to try to stay closer to the film’s style rather than what I do with my personal work because the style of the film is one of the things I love the most. I completed this with watercolors, ink and some digital wizardry as well.”

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Stardust (2007) – Monika Ptok-Byard

Medium: watercolor on illustration board

Size: 8×10″

“I love Stardust! I’ve always wanted to paint Yvaine and this was a great opportunity to! I was really excited to do a bit of my own version and paint stars in her dress.”

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The Witches (1990) – Cristina Tillotson

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The Wizard of Oz (1939) – Tracy Lewis

“Ozma”

Medium: ink and watercolor

Size: 6.5″

“I absolutely adore the 1939 film of The Wizard of Oz, it was one of my very favorite movies growing up. But it is Frank L. Baum’s books with John R. Neil’s magical illustrations that have been a huge inspiration to me as an illustrator, so I couldn’t help but interpret one of characters from the series, Ozma of Oz. She is the princess of Oz.”

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A Wrinkle in Time (1962) – Tiffany Toland-Scott

A Wrinkle In Time was one of my favorite books when I was growing up, and I remember I got so excited when I heard the movie was going to come out. It was a good TV movie, but the special effects fells short for me and I always wished they’d recreated the flower storm scene. I incorporated some of the other symbols from the movie for this piece- the fabric of time, loads of stars, and the encroaching Shadow.”

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If you would like to see more lovely fairy tale-inspired work, check out our old feature on the Flower Pepper Gallery’s “Twice-Told Tales” show.

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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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