Natasha and the Chicken-Legged House

An personal illustration project, reinterpreting a classic Slavic folktale in which a young girl named Natasha is sent by her stepmother to visit the formidable witch Baba Yaga.

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Natasha approaching Baba Yaga's magical chicken-legged house.

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Natasha being ushered inside the chicken-legged house by Baba Yaga.

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A tearful Natasha, after being made to weave cloth for Baba Yaga on a wooden loom, is told how to escape the witch's clutches by Baba Yaga's cat.

 

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Baba Yaga rides in her magical pestle and mortar to chase Natasha, who is using a magic woven cloth to create a river to slow Baba Yaga down.

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Design sketches for the character Natasha.

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Design sketches for the character Baba Yaga, including an earlier design (bottom) that I ultimately abandoned in favour of the more lively, humorous designs I drew later (top left and right), which I felt fit the personality I had imagined for the character better.