Gi was in the top two highest voted entries for our Purple Rules Illustration Contest, and was also an author favorite. One thing we liked about this entry is that it took the modern cartoon/anime style and added Gi's unique personality. |
The expression on Jefferson Blue's face shows just how nervous he is about presenting his color cure and we loved her additional sketches for how they king will look.
See Gi's answers to some of our questions below and get to know more about her.
I've been doing art as long as I can remember, but I realized I wanted to take it seriously when I was 11 or 12.
I plan on getting a job in the animation industry some day! I'd love to work in more story focused areas, like story-boarding or visual development, but I don't really care as long as I get to create.
I really like the focus of character and emotion in this story! You see how much hatred and ignorance can really ruin people's lives. I want to capture the impact it has as best I can! It's an emotional and powerful message for kids to learn as they are slowly taking in the real world. So I hope to capture that severity in a way that still keeps the childlike ways kids view the world.
Gi's original entry in the "Purple Rules" Illustration Contest is below:
Gi originally created this scene using "whatever pens and paper I can find and the coloring was done on my phone". The caption explained more about her thought process:
"I used this passage because I really wanted to show the dynamic between the king, acting bigger and better then everyone else, and Jefferson, a smaller, but certainly not weaker character. While the king intimidates and controls with brutal force and a facade of strength, under all the robes and crown and behind his anger, is fear for the things he doesn't understand- the other colors of We. I wish I didn't have to choose, because I have so many ideas for the illustrations for this story!! I have always loved bright fun colors and I really believe this story should be shared with children everywhere! If I'm being honest, I spent a lot of time redoing this piece because I really want to show my passion for this project. If I get the honor of illustrating the rest of this story i will put all heart and soul into it, because i just know that i would have loved this story as a kid, and I know that kid would be so proud to see that one day they got to tell stories like the ones on their shelf. Anyway, sorry for the babbling, I just want to add that I've done a picture book before for school, but I never did full page spreads like this, so I hope the formatting is okay! If not, I will happily redo it. Thanks for your time! And whether it's by me or any of the other INCREDIBLE entries, I cant wait to see this story come to life."