COURSE: Pictorial Problems, BFA Illustration and Cartooning
INSTRUCTORS: Peter Fiore, Keith Mayerson, Seth Tobocman, Tom Woodruff
THE ASSIGNMENT: Illustrate a fictional character from literature, drama, opera, dance, mythology or film.
The goal of the third-year thesis project—titled “Beautiful Losers,” in conjunction with a spring exhibition of the same name in the Visual Arts Gallery—is to comprehensively illustrate the narrative journey of a tragic or flawed hero/heroine using the formal structures of a source work from a different medium.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Source: Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
Description: The opera Turandot is the story of a ruthless Chinese princess who challenges her many suitors
with three riddles. If one can answer all three, they will be married, but if a
wrong answer is given, the suitor will be beheaded. A prince correctly answers
the riddles and Turandot unwillingly goes to him. Seeing that she does not want
him, the prince challenges Turandot to give him his name by dawn and he will
disappear from her kingdom. In the end, Turandot’s cold heart is melted by the
prince and she accepts him as her husband. Querney’s illustrations focus on the
character Turandot and her struggles with possessiveness and love.