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

Vrinda V Zaveri

Illustrator & Animator

My name is Vrinda Zaveri, and I’m an Indian illustrator and animator working in San Francisco, CA. I grew up in Mumbai, on the west coast of India. Against social pressure, but always with the support of my parents, I pursued art all through high school. I took the unconventional route and moved to the United States to attend Rhode Island School of Design for four years. 
After graduation, I moved to San Francisco where I joined an all woman animation agency, RogueMark. Together, we created commercial and social justice illustration and animation campaigns. Shortly after, I became a Doodler for the Google Doodle team, where I created some of the most prominent Doodles for Google Search in India. I’m now a freelance illustrator, animator, and have had the opportunity to collaborate with companies, agencies and collectives across the world.

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