* Honorable Mention: Jade Peng – Don’t Be So Blue

Artist: Jade Peng
Title: Don’t Be So Blue
Grade: 10th grade
School: Miramonte High School
Teacher: Artwork created independently

This piece was digitally drawn in the FireAlpaca app with a Huion H420 pen tablet.

The drawing is meant to represent dealing with people telling me to “just be happy” as someone struggling with depression. It was also my first attempt at using cel shading, thinner lineart, and a more limited color palette. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, for my first time using a slightly different art style than my normal one.

The sketchy lineart and saturated coloration of the hands and spikes was intentional; I wanted it to be a bit of a contrast from the cleaner and slightly more muted depiction of myself.