Welcome back to our Diversity in Design series on Envato Tuts+. Discover four talented artists with inspiring styles you'll love.
4 Artists You Should Know: Diversity in Design
Celebrate the work of these extraordinary artists. Each with their own unique background, they draw inspiration from their culture and surroundings to create phenomenal designs.
Artist Rita Tu describes her memories and dreams through phenomenal digital and traditional illustrations. She then transforms them into vivid animations for our viewing.
See more in her portfolio and check out her animations.
City, Me, and My Dog
I come from China, where I studied animation which was a memorable experience for me and led me to find what I'm really passionate about. Now I'm studying art in the US. Currently, I am an illustrator and a motion designer and create illustrations. I also animate my drawings.
Jing De Zheng Expo
When I add movements to my drawings I feel it gives them a new way to express themselves and enrich my art language.
Most of my drawings are hand-drawn because I love experimenting with different mediums and collecting textures. Due to this, I always draw elements separately, combine them later, and transfer them into animated works.
The Empty Airport
Mooncake Package Design
I love surrealism, eastern calligraphy, and Chinese landscape painting. I enjoy exploring the difference and common-ground elements between western and eastern arts.
One of my professors said to me: "Never give yourself a boundary, do not limit yourself with the title. If you are an animator you can also think about how to find the in-between with other fields. Create new ideas by combing new visual languages."
My inspiration comes from everywhere, I design items for my clients and I also make art just for expressing myself.
John (Viet-Triet) Nguyen
Graphic designer John Nguyen takes on awareness issues with the help of design. He encourages others to make better actions through his work.
See more in his portfolio.
What A Wonderful World II
I am a graphic designer from Southern California, USA. I come from a Vietnamese family and I am a marathon finisher (Los Angeles Marathon 2017). I am part of MenAlive, the Orange County Gay Mens chorus. I enjoy lemon printed fabric and the manatee is my favorite animal. One TV show that changed my life is HBO’s “6 feet Under.”
Gruesome Playground Injuries
I like to create art that has fun, playful and colorful vibes that encourage the world to think positive and focus on the joys of life.
My work has always been inspired by human rights and big or small actions that make the world a better and more positive place. With art such as this, I hope to motivate people to achieve greatness with the help of a companion or two and also remind people that there is strength in numbers.
My Abilities Outweigh My Disabilities
Band Together: Pride
Also, I want to mention “My Abilities Outweigh my Disabilities” artwork I created as a way to bring awareness for people with disabilities and that they too can have the chance at thriving in life.
I am inspired by leaders and individuals like Harvey Milk and Gandhi who believe in immediate, bold action to change the world. I created “Band Together: Pride” to bring awareness to the LGBTQ+ community and the need for equality.
Next, we'll walk into the magical and surreal world of artist Lidia Tomashevskaya. Formally trained in design, she creates work inspired by various types of folk art and cultures.
See more in her portfolio.
I am a Russian born, self-taught Israeli illustrator. My work is mostly about the human soul and about mental health feelings.
Sometimes, I use animal images as symbols–birds as freedom, the wolf as depression and anxiety, and the fox as the soul.
I want to create thoughtful and honest work which I would be truly proud of. I love such artists as Reka Bucsi, Akira Kusaka and Mar Hernandez.
Komal S Pahwa
Our last artist is Komal S Pahwa from India. Inspired by her culture and the cubist art movement, she makes colorful illustrations that are beautiful and emotive.
See more in her portfolio.
Bus Advertising - Character Design
I started as a computer engineer but was fascinated by different graphic styles of art in my undergrad. I am about to graduate with an MFA in illustration from SCAD. I work a lot with shapes. I have always wanted to work like that and have finally found myself comfortable with what I do.
Book Illustration: Breadwinner
My inspiration comes from what I have always loved doing as a child. I am a dancer and have been dancing since the age of five. My art has a lot of color and motion. I love color and all that is inspired by my country India.
I also love the cubist art style. Especially how shapes define an illustration. I have always loved Picasso and thereafter wanted to work with shapes.
Social Awareness Poster Design
LA Promotional Poster Design
Recently, I was introduced to contemporary artists like Riccardo Guasco, Sean Loose and Rafael Mayani. These artists interact with shapes in a lot of different ways. And I take my inspiration from these great artists.
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I'd like to extend a warm thank you to all the artists who participated in this feature. Feel free to see more of their work in the links below: