Concept artist Mirelle Ortega has a self-proclaimed “passion for storytelling.” Specifically, the Mexico-born and California-based illustrator is fascinated by folklore and fantasy—two themes that she ties together in an enchanting new series.
In this personal project, Ortega plucks iconic characters from the pages of storybooks and places them in her native country. Clad in a colorful floral print and surrounded by cultural objects typical of southern Mexico, Alice in Wonderland embodies the state of Chiapas. With her lacy white dress and embroidered apron, there’s no question that Cinderella is from Veracruz. And, in a simple skirt with her signature tresses tied up in red bows, Rapunzel captures the look of Central Mexico.
These imaginative illustrations are just a few of many in which Ortega creatively pays homage to heritage. In addition to traditional dress, she also explores the distinctive dances and colorful settings of her culture. When combined with her digital art skills, this thematic interest culminates in a body of work that is both delightfully drawn and deeply meaningful.
To see more of Ortega’s charming illustrations, visit her whimsical website.