Name: Risa Rodil
Why did you start creating art for Divergent?
After I read the book, I got so attached to the story and the characters that I felt the need to channel my obsession into something creative. I wanted to pay homage to the book by creating designs that may hopefully draw other people to read it as well.
What drew you to this fandom?
I’d say Tumblr and the fandom itself. The dedication of the Divergent community is truly inspiring. It is one of the most supportive fandoms I ever had the pleasure to be part of. And I owe that to Tumblr for introducing me to this community in the first place.
What was your process for creating art for the Divergent Collector’s Edition like?
It was totally fun because I found an excuse to revisit the series. Both of the quotations I chose to design are very Tris-centric. I wanted to accurately capture her character in the designs, so a huge part of my process involves a lot of rereading my favorite chapters. I injected a few references from the book that I hope everyone gets to enjoy!
How does it feel to have your art included in the Divergent Collector’s Edition?
It feels like a dream! I can’t believe there will ever come a time that I’ll get to work on something official for the series. As a huge fan of Divergent, this whole thing is completely surreal for me. And I’m extremely grateful to have been granted an opportunity this big.
How does the Divergent Series inspire you?
The main essence of the story and its messages about bravery, sacrifice, and self-worth are enough to give me all the inspiration I need. The books did a brilliant job in getting those messages across and I always hope to mirror that brilliance into each of the pieces I create.
You can find more information about the Divergent Collector’s Edition here.