Looks like many illustrators found out about the #6FrameStoryChallenge quite late but many of the illustrators enjoyed working till the last minute (which was evident by the mails that were pouring into our inbox a few minutes before the deadline). David Knight's discovery of the challenge was serendipitous and he says 'It was quite last minute to be honest. I have a story that I have been working on independently and I saw the challenge posted on an Illustrators Forum I belong to. When I read through the requirements I noted that quite a few of the words provided in the brief matched the illustrations I had been making so I entered. Who knows how that story and the set of words might develop!"
"I signed up for the #6FrameStoryChallenge for several reasons. I enjoy constructing narratives so choosing words then providing illustrations for them is quite a rudimentary way to get started with a story. It also means that the story can grow in quite an organic way, especially if the process provides the possibility of a much broader collaboration, which this does. I was excited by the prospect of potentially reaching such large audience with my work. I am an illustrator and my pictures tell a story so the possibility of the illustrations doing what they are intended to do - ie entertain children is an opportunity I didn't want to miss. I also have the purely selfish reason too - that my illustrations might be exposed to a large and diverse audience which might provide me with more opportunities as an illustrator.
(David Knight grew up in Somerset, UK and studied Drawing at Falmouth University in Cornwall. He is a writer, illustrator and printmaker and lives with his wife Bridget in Devon. You can follow his work at : www.davidknightprintmaker.co.uk)
Read the other interviews by illustrators who took the challenge:
Rajiv Eipe, Kalyani Ganapathy, Prashant Miranda, Kavita Singh Kale, Megha Vishwanath, Priya Nair Panicker, Sweta Roy Choudhury, Paneendra Suresh, Priya Kuriyan, Yulianto Qin, Manjari Chakravathi, Sonal Goyal and Sumit Sakhuja, Samidha Gunjal, Preeti Lata, Shwetha Elisha,Mithila Ananth, Sunandita Mehrotra, Vedavathi Narasimha Murthy, Jithin Jacob, Vidya Gopal,Archana Sreenivasan, Somesh Kumar, Gumani, Antara Mukherji, Anjora Noronha,Vinayak Varma, Soumya Menon, Jisha Unnikrishnan, Kruttika Susarla, Ninoshka Dias, Isha S Valentine, Neelima Raparla, Vallabhi Shegaonkar, Sangeeta Das, Hari Kumar Nair,Lakhsmi Mitter, Lily Banerjee, Aditi Dilip, Niloufer Wadia, Deepa Jayaraman, AnupamaApte, Nishith Mehta, Muhammed Shafi, Amar Soni, Krishna Prakash K,Lavanya Karthik, Sonal Gupta,Kabini Amin, Jason Dvorak, Tanvi Bhat, Ranjani S, Shikha Nambiar, Aritra Roy Chowdhury, Vaishali Chudasama, Sharanya Kunnath, Priya Manikandan, Milan Nayak, Delwyn Remedios, Geetanjali B, Ambica Vinod, Shailja Jain Chougule, Chitra Chandrashekhar, Nikita Modi, David Knight, Geetali Tare, Nilomee Jesrani
If you missed the #6FrameStoryChallenge, but are inspired by the work of fellow illustrators and want to contribute to the open source story platform - do send us your stories! Story guidelines are available here.