Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Marty Blake

Second Advisor

Robert Dacey


Asian folk story;Chinese;Illustration;Innovating;The eight immortals

Subject Categories

Asian Studies | International and Area Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences


This thesis explores the traditional Chinese folk story "Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea" and its related works, aiming to identify strategies for the preserving and advancing this folk-art form. The initial focus of this thesis is to analyze the folktale "The Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea," which involves a description of each of the Immortals, their distinct personalities, and their individual magical objects. Through the analysis of artistic works associated with this folk tale, this thesis reveals the potential of integrating them with modern technologies and reimagining the characters, resulting in consistently generating engaging artworks. This approach effectively facilitates the preservation and perpetuation of this folk story. Furthermore, this thesis elaborates on the rationale behind selecting the subject matter and describes how I have innovated my style to resonate with contemporary audiences. This thesis work also aims to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of traditional Chinese culture, revitalizing the narrative of the Eight Immortals.


Open Access

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Asian Studies Commons



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