Since 1996, Young Guns has been an elite portfolio-based competition that takes the profiles of young creative professionals already on the rise and helps elevate them even further. And while the program has made major strides since the days of being jokingly thought of as an award for "extremely talented white designers and illustrators from Williamsburg", there's always room for more diversity.

Enter COLORFUL: A Prelude To Young Guns 19. Ahead of this year's Young Guns competition, we teamed up with acclaimed first-generation Filipinx designer and Young Guns 8 winner Rich Tu to co-found a free portfolio competition and a grant exclusively for young BIPOC creative professionals who qualify for Young Guns — they just haven't entered and won it yet.

After receiving submissions from across the globe, a jury made up of 11 BIPOC creative superstars — all previous Young Guns winners themselves — went over every single entry, grading them not only on the strength of their work but also on how they intend to use the $3000 creative grant, should they win. Afterward, the jury convened to discuss and debate which entrant stood above others as the overall winner of the grant, as well as assemble a class of finalists. The winner and the finalists will all be welcomed to enter YG19 completely free of charge, with the confidence that comes with knowing they've already impressed a jury that knows exactly what it takes to win Young Guns.

COLORFUL: A Prelude to Young Guns 19

Dani Choi


My name is Dani Choi and I’m an illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. Since moving to New York from Seoul in 2018, I’ve been working to create colorful, vibrant images, experimenting with varied styles of drawing on each project. I aspire my style to evolve as my career unfolds as an artist and hope to make powerful work that evoke various emotions in people. I’ve been fortunate enough to collaborate on projects with clients such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Bloomberg Markets, LA Times, Poetry Magazine, Atomix and more. My works have been recognized and won awards from illustration competitions such as The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, and World Illustration Awards. They were also featured on WePresent and most recently on It’s Nice That.

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