The goal for the project was to illustrate an Incan folktale about how alpacas came to be beasts of burden for the Inca people. Stylistically, I took inspiration from a 16th century chronicle by Guaman Poma (aka Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, aka Huamán Poma). He was a Peruvian nobleman who, in detailed illustrations and notes, wrote about the Incan chiefs, people, etc.
You can see the chronicles via the Danish Library System here.
|"weaver of 33 years" by Guaman Poma|
With such beautiful detail and lovely aging to the page, I sought to imitate some of the drawing conventions he used such as the imaginative perspective. So, keeping that in mind, I used pen & ink on film to try and capture the line quality and perspective while still telling the story (as retold by Daryl Brower).
|my interpretation of the story as inspired by Goaman Poma, Winter 2011|
I hope you enjoy the story and illustrations! Check out the whole story here.