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Then and Now: Billy Nunez reimagines ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in 16th century China

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Indeed, Dorothy and the gang find themselves transported not to Oz but to 16th century China in this series of imaginative illustrations by Billy Nunez!

Photo via Billy Nunez

Billy Nunez is a Brooklyn-based freelance artist who specializes in illustration, advertising, and video arts. In his online portfolio are several impressive illustrations and sketches, some of which may be not safe for viewing at work, but what really caught our eye were his illustrations for his series, The Wizard of Oz in China!

It’s amazing how Nunez was able to give his own spin to a well-loved children’s classic and at the same time retain the original’s very essence. Even with the drastic changes – say, the Great Wall is now part of the yellow brick road that leads to the Emerald City; the Tin Man resembles a Chinese warrior and the lion is now a tiger; Dorothy’s ruby slippers have been transformed to resemble a pair of traditional Chinese shoes – and the addition of a few undoubtedly Chinese elements, you could still see that it’s pretty much the same the same story that we know.

Aside from The Wizard of Oz, Nunez has also applied the same treatment to another children’s classic, Goldilocks and the Three Bears!

See the rest of Nunez’ illustrations in The Wizard of Oz in China here. To view his other works, you may visit his website and his Behance page.

written by chooolss

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