The Ogre of Rashomon

imageI am taking a wonderful online illustration course called “Marks and Splashes,” taught by talented illustrator Mark Mitchell. One of our assignments was to create a mock illustration for a children’s magazine based on one of three international folktales provided.

I chose a Japanese folktale called “The Ogre of Rashomon.” I was drawn to a point in the story where a Japanese knight, Watanabe, traveled to the gate of Rashomon on a moonless, stormy night to prove that he had made the journey and had not encountered the rumored ogre said to frequent the area.  He was to post a scroll with the signatures of his combrades as proof of the visit. Upon his attempt at posting the scroll, he hears a noise in the darkness…

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