Budae-Jjigae (Sausage Stew)

Character Design / 2014 / Poster color on hardboard

I designed 10 characters as members of a circus. They are all ingredients of Budae-Jjigae, a spicy Korean thick soup originally made from U.S. military surplus supplies. The main ingredients are ham, sausage, and baked beans. Other ingredients include kimchi, ramen noodles, tofu, rice cake, mushroom, onion, and minced pork. I was inspired by the perfect blend of different tastes. The circus concept was inspired by the red color of the stew.

Illustraion / 2014

Among the 10 characters, I created a separate stage scene for the rice cake, inspired by its flexibility and its resemblance to stage curtains when lined up next to each other.

© 2019 by MinJeong Chai.