For some artists, creativity is hard to come by in this time—but Justine Daquioag, an illustrator and designer, found a way to breathe life into a show she started during the quarantine.
Justine fell in love with Until We Meet Again, a Thai television series based on the novel Red Thread by a creator under the name LazySheep. This novel touches on the romantic relationship between two boys, Dean and Pharm, who discover that they are reincarnations of two lovers from a different time that met a tragic ending.
You can watch the trailer here:
Because Justine found the story so beautiful, she decided to reimagine it as a children's storybook—dividing her artworks into a thread with six tweets.
This caught the attention of LazySheep, aka the very creator of the novel that inspired the artwork, replying with: "OMG! I like it so much!"
We do, too! Justine shared that her inspiration for this storybook came from another fellow artist's webcomic called Check, Please! by Ngozi Uzaku. Although the webcomic was very lighthearted, one of the characters' backstories dealt with heavy topics. "I found it so smart of Ngozi to tell this part of a character's story by putting this certain chapter into a storybook layout and tone to retain the lightheartedness of the story but still telling the character’s hardships as it is," Justine tells Candy. With her own creation, she said, "I decided to use the same treatment of telling a very heavy story using a method that even children can digest."
Justine also mentions her friend Zoe Andin, who translated the drawings into beautiful words.
Justine graduated from Ateneo de Manila University just last year with a major in BFA Information Design. Currently, she's working full-time in an advertising agency. For more of her works, check out her Twitter and Instagram, as well as her Carrd information!