Due to the pandemic, the Bologna Illustrators’ Gallery has been put on hold until further notice. Thank you for your understanding!
2016 Bologna Illustrators’ Gallery
Winner: Rongyuan (Roya) Ma – Daughter of the Dragon
Winning the BiG Award is absolutely one of the highlights in my life. I still can remember vividly how unbelievably surprised I was when I heard Mr. Christopher Cheng announced my name before the camera flashes and the applause. It is such an honor that gives you pride whenever thinking of it, and such an encouraging experience that fuels your dream and propels you to venture onward your next achievement.
My entry Daughter of the Dragon was the first spread of my same-titled story based on Asian folktale. I outlined it with ink on vellum and color-rendered on the computer. Through the art I was trying to blend in metaphors and symbolism to this piece in order to best interpret the text of the story: I used lotus, a Buddhist symbol that grows up from the mud, through water, into the air, still remaining stunningly beautiful with faith, to signify the characteristic of transcendence of our protagonist.
I wish SCBWI all the very best at Bologna 2018! Thank you.