The longing for social justice ignites a palpable rage in Richard Wright’s classic novel, Native Son. Set in 1930s Chicago, where opportunities for African-American men like Bigger Thomas are elusive, writer Nambi E. Kelley’s gripping adaptation focuses on the inner workings of the protagonist’s mind as events violently and irrevocably seal his fate.
Valencia Spates is an Illustrator and Storyboard artist living in Los Angeles and working in Animation. She has a passion for creating works that can inspire others with colors and striking visuals. Along with drawing and painting in traditional and digital mediums, she loves anime and traveling.
For this piece I really wanted to really emphasize the rat that haunts Bigger physically and mentally. Like rats that infest a neglected building, this rat follows Bigger as a shadow presence watching his every move, waiting to infest him completely, caused by the harshness of racism and the society he was born into.
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