Date of Award

August 2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Robert C. Dacey

Second Advisor

Ginnie Hsu



Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities


The aim of this thesis is to combine my artwork with literature. The first part of the thesis is an examination of Italo Calvino’s role in 20th-century literature, Our Ancestor. The second section of the thesis explains my evolution as a creative artist. I made an animation called Drifting of A Leaf.

From 1952 to 1957, Italo Calvino published three novels: The Cloven Viscount (1952), The Baron in the Trees (1957), and The Nonexistent Knight (1959). I want to show how an illustrator thinking about this book. It is a series of 8 pieces of illustrations. In this illustration part, I decided to use only digital. From draft to final work, I used digital to work. As an illustrator, I have a chance to find another world for literature. I prefer to tell others that my artwork is based on the stories, but not limited to the stories themselves. In my animation, I combined hand-painting and digital work. In this animation, I tried to tell the audience what I thought when I read the book.

As I want to become an illustrator and an animator, I used a year to find my voice through this thesis. During this year, I think I have found what I really want to do in the future.


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