Name: Shyannah Clementson
Hometown: Fresno, California
Why did you start creating art for Divergent?
As a graphic designer, I often listen to audiobooks as I work to help me focus and pass the time. When I finished Divergent, instead of moving on to another book I listened to it again. Two times turned into three and then four. There was something about it that connected with me like other books hadn’t.
One thing I love about Divergent is we can all identify with the values and downfalls of one or more of the factions. I began designing desktop wallpapers around the quotes of bravery and selflessness, two attributes I want to strive for every day. I made them available to download and started receiving requests for designs based on quotes that have inspired others. That’s when I began designing necklaces.
What drew you to this fandom?
I was drawn to Divergent because it resonated everything we hope to be. We want to be brave, selfless, kind, smart and honest and so we battle our fear, selfishness, pride and other downfalls.
What was your process for creating art for the Divergent Collector’s Edition like?
While reading the books there are a number of values that are brought to the reader so poetically that they stick with you throughout the day. I really enjoy thinking about the quotes and the passion and beliefs behind them before I start putting the typography together. Then I start choosing fonts, some to add elegance or calm to certain phrases and others add bold emphasis to others. Once the typography is done, I start working on the design behind the words, tweaking until I feel like it not only reflects the world which Divergent was written, but the emotions behind the words as well.
How does it feel to have your art included in the Divergent Collector’s Edition?
I am so excited and honored to have my work included in the Divergent Collector’s Edition! I love designing and I love the values presented in Veronica Roth’s writing. Being able to combine the two has been a lot of fun for me and I hope others really enjoy the designs and the beautifully put together Collector’s Edition. I loved being a part of it!
How does the Divergent Series inspire you?
The Divergent Series has served as a personal reminder to me to stand for the things that you believe in. To fight for them and value them. I think we each have our own manifesto’s we try to live by and I’d like to thank Veronica for sharing the beautiful values that both the Factions and her readers value.
You can find more information about the Divergent Collector’s Edition here.