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.
Let's start with the phenomenal work of Blake Kathryn. Using dreamy color palettes of bold neon and pastel shades, she creates electric 3D illustrations for music videos and motion graphics projects.
I'm a designer based in Los Angeles. My work dances between the realms of visual design and digital art. It shifted into the 3D illustrative medium as my passions spurred a career change.
When not generating freckles in the glow of my desktop I enjoy hiking, establishing a temporary residency in movie theaters, and chilling with my felines.
I grew up in Florida around vibrant, borderline-themed architecture, kitschy art, and beach-edition surrealism. Upon getting formal training in college I fell back to these early "inspirations" subconsciously—illustrating around themes of the tropics, geometric forms and leaning into the surreal/ethereal realms.
I find the most inspiration through concept art, namely environmental/architectural work. Pop art and minimalism also hold a sweet spot in my heart.
Next up is Amaël Isnard from Paris, France. A creative illustrator with an eye for eccentric shapes and concepts, Amaël creates fascinating graphics inspired by the world around him.
Musée des Confluences
I am an illustrator and animation director based in Paris. My work is populated by colorful characters, eccentric anthropomorphic animals and kind monsters.
I am currently developing an animated series for kids, and also working on various illustrations and animation projects.
I am inspired by nature and animals. I love drawing them as anthropomorphic characters in comic situations.
In my animated films, I also like to tell stories using surreal comedy. When I have a character in mind, I create many sketches to find the right proportions, colors, expressions and poses of my character.
As a young adult I was very influenced by cartoons (like the Simpsons), street art, and funny characters with bendy arms.
Since then I think I am now attracted to surrealism. In my illustration work, I am influenced by abstract/minimal art, as I love simplifying characters to a very graphic silhouette.
Independent designer and illustrator Jenny Lelong creates exquisite flat illustrations and branding packages. With a specialty in sweet, delicate forms, her work transports you inside her graphic worlds.
Japan Series - Illustrations
Since I was a child, I've always been fascinated by having new pens and drawing on a blank frame. As an introverted person, it has always been the easiest way to express myself and my vision of the world.
I started to draw web comics about my daily life in 2009 and it brought me many positive things. At one point I put aside illustration, then one day my previous company asked me to draw for their projects and I felt so glad to be trusted. Since that day, I started to draw regularly on Instagram and people give me so much support!
Visual Communication for OAKMAN
Evolving in a multidisciplinary environment helped create my base story. It helped to open my mind and to see that anything around us can be inspiring. I also read a lot of graphic novels with different art styles, colors combinations, and architectural information.
Japan Series - Illustrations
Komorebi Organic Cosmetics
Japan is the country that inspired me the most, maybe because I went there four times. Every time I travel to Japan it never stops to amaze me, I'm fascinated with their shops that are full of so many details and I could stay there for days just watching them.
I also look for artists that tell stories through their work and reveal a kind of intimacy and personality.
Our last feature comes from Pragnesh Prajapati. A photo retoucher and art enthusiast from India, he creates splendid photo manipulations featuring his family and adorable children.
Currently, I am a Telecom engineer working in India but I've always wanted to pursue my passion for photos and creativity. Though I hardly have free time in this job, I somehow managed to learn photo retouching by myself.
It took some time to find it out that this is my passion, but better late than never! Now I want to work full time making digital art.
My inspiration comes from lots of creative people out there (one of them is Melody Nieves too) who make art with insane creativity. I want to create the same and make a difference overall.
There are many creatives I'm inspired by. Aaron Nace, Dani Diamond for portrait photography, and Eric Johansson for manipulation. I also want to understand colors and details like Bella Kotak and Pratik Naik.
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Love this selection? See more from this series:
- Global InfluencesArt for All: Celebrate Diversity in Design—Volume 12Melody Nieves
- Graphic DesignArt for All: Celebrate Diversity in Design—Volume 11Melody Nieves
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: