The Story of The Doggo Prince
As someone who has always been curious about the world, I was the kid who loved the souvenirs that were brought back from overseas. Touching them always brought up beautiful imaginations of lands from far away. Knowing my interest in foreign cultures, my mum sent me abroad at the age of 16. Being alone in a new environment was fascinating, as well as confusing, and sometimes intimidating. After living in a foreign country for 6 years, I returned home with things I still treasure today.
Having seen how people live in other countries gave me new lenses on observing my old system. Having met new people of different cultures also enriched my understanding of human characters and qualities. It was also when I started noticing the prejudices that exist within me and other people. This is why I want to create stories that encourage people to walk out of their comfort zone, as it is a great way to address potential prejudices.
Creating a children’s book can raise awareness among the audience at a younger age, so I created this character: the Doggo Prince, with his adventure story. The story is essentially about courage and empathy. The doggo prince had never been outside of his land, all he knew about other animals were from his grandpa’s night-time stories. One day, with a magical feather in hand, he began to understand other animals’ languages. As he encountered different animals through his journey to the world, he gradually learns that they are not what he has always thought. By overcoming his preconceived notions, he came home with more than he initially wanted.
Animal characters and nature have always been my favorite things to draw, they allow me to be more playful in my work. Animals are great for showing different personalities as they are incredibly diverse in appearance and personalities, which I can use in my art to symbolize such diversity in human society. I have mostly worked in photoshop in the past, but the more I create images on the screen, the more I miss the human touch of traditional mediums. So in this project, although the images are still made on Adobe Fresco, I tried my best to keep the authentic marks of different materials.
As I come from a country with a lot of ethnicities, going abroad put me in a minority position. I constantly wondered if I was understood or heard? Or did I understand the others and listen to them? I am not here to say which thoughts are harmful, which are not, but I do think preconceptions prevent people from further understanding and caring for their surrounding human beings that are from other cultures. Thus, I present to you my thesis project, wishing to offer you a lovely time of reading the doggo prince’s little adventure, where he discovered many new things while venturing out beyond his comfort zone. Thank you and have a beautiful day.