for the Myths-and-Legends group contest to show myths in another genre. I took an Inuit myth/folktale and reinterpreted it as a storytelling-wise Miyazaki meets Tolkien urban fantasy epic. A myth as a fantasy epic doesn't sound all that original, but Native American/Native Alaskan/First Nations stories tend to be very bare-bones and to-the-point, yet circular. you can read the story here: www.sacred-texts.com/nam/inu/t…
and see what I mean.
anyway, in this version, Alekatokak and her family live in early 20th century Alaska, going between King Island and Nome. (King Island is a barren rock with a small village. most Islanders migrated to Nome and live there for a bit to restock every year.) She has never been really loved by her father because she was always healthy and strong and was named after someone in her mother’s family, and her brother, Asuvina, was always sick and named after someone in their father's family. (Who you're named after is very important in Inupiaq culture.) Meanwhile, the world is changing. Every day the tundra feels a little less magic and the Inupiat, the real people, feel a little less real. The world seems bigger and more dangerous, and when Alekatokak returns home from setting up traps without her brother, her father leaves her to the mercy of that bigger world.
she goes out on a journey to find her brother, joined by a Shadow Person named Unnuaķ, meeting Shadow People, Giants, Qalupaluit, and Deities of the old religion, and many others on the way in this sprawling tale of the old world coming to terms with the new and a sister’s love and dedication.
oh, and she has superhuman strength. She can kill a caribou with her bare hands. that's part of it, too.
Notes: graphite on paper. I don't have access to a scanner, so I took a picture of it with my phone. please don't judge me.
there's probably a lot of anachronisms with what she's wearing. I was going for about the 1920s but there's not a lot of photo references for qaspeqs/kuspuks from that age.
I was kind of experimenting with thick and thin lines and hatching, as well as movement and Tarot imagery. I noticed Alekatokak was in the center rather than a third of the paper, which I realized is usually a big composition no-no, so I started making parallels with the Fool card. She is shown here at the beginning of her journey, so it fits.