Grace Duan’s illustration for “Happily Ever After Is So Once Upon A Time”

Written by: Yixian Quek
Illustrations by: Grace Duan Ying –
Design by: Sharon Tan

This project shed light on issues children generically face within their fantasies which in turn reflect problems in their life. I feel that children often engage in escapism. Helping illustrate this made me recall childhood memories and better understand what I felt at that point of my life. Illustrating and drawing is the way I express myself even in my free time. Working with the writer was a privilege because I could connect with her work. My best work always comes from circumstances I can connect with.