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Amateur illustrator teacher creates character to inspire children

on Tuesday,January 04,2011 20:01

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Professional designers who develop illustrations geared toward children can have a large impact on the younger generation. However, Traci Ficociello is proving that even amateur illustrators can positively affect kids.

The art teacher from Yarmouth, Massachusetts, decided to try her hand at design after seeing many of her fourth and fifth grade students getting down on themselves. Young girls, in particular, showed a large amount of difficult expressing themselves in Ficociello's class due to a low self-esteem, according to the Patriot Ledger.

In an effort to raise her students' spirits, Ficociello designed Ziggli, a brown-haired cartoon girl who has one encouraging motto: "I can be anything!" Ficociello has printed Ziggli on T-shirts, sweatshirts and totes for parents and kids alike. Improving the self-esteem in children can help them grow into successful adults.

"Girls have so much negativity around them, and I can see that it affects their confidence," Ficociello told the news source. "I wanted to come up with a character who is powerful and strong, someone who uses her brain and can inspire young girls to believe they can be anything they want to be."

Employment of graphic designers is expected to increase by 13 percent over the next seven years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Amateur illustrators, similar to Ficociello, may inspire others to pursue a career in the industry.
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