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 begin with Magtira Paolo, a talented illustrator from Quezon City, Philippines. With colorful 2D scenes that automatically draw you in, his work includes powerful illustrations full of emotion and complex details.
I'm just a regular person who happens to have some proficiency with portraying visual narratives.
I'm painfully boring; I prefer that my work speaks for itself without the need of wholly attaching my persona.
I primarily draw from my personal experiences, along with other visual work and literature that deal with dark and emotional themes.
I look up to Japanese Mangakas that portray a high level of emotion and visual narrative in their works. Mainly my idols are Inio Asano, Shūzō Oshimi and Hideo Yamamoto.
Next up is Phathu Nembilwi, an amazing graphic designer and illustrator based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her vibrant illustrations feature a simple style bursting with joyous energy. Check out these inviting illustrations of everyday life.
I was born and raised in South Africa in a small town called Thohoyandou in Venda.
Then I moved to the big city of Johannesburg to pursue my dreams of becoming a graphic designer. I graduated a few years back, and I am currently working full time as a graphic designer/illustrator.
I love color, which makes sense coming from a rainbow nation that prides itself with Ubuntu (meaning humanity) and togetherness.
The sun shines even through the winter. There are different traditional dishes to choose from, and the diversity in the culture and music gets you moving. I wanted to show this beauty in my work.
One With Nature
I follow a lot of amazing Instagram accounts for inspiration. I love @bodiljane and @oamul because their styles are both unique and beautiful.
Based in London, UK, is our next incredible artist, Simeon Elson. An Adobe certified expert and freelance illustrator, he brings his expertise into impeccable illustrations of fan art, movie posters, and electric sports graphics.
Pacific Rim Uprising - Movie Poster Art
I am a Londoner who loves sports. I love to play sports more than watching them and try to be as active as possible playing tennis, football and even Latin dancing often. I believe that my body is my temple so I am very much into healthy eating too.
I first started freelancing as an illustrator and graphic designer back in 2005 shortly after finishing my HNC in multimedia. I bought two bumper tutorial magazines, one for Adobe Photoshop and the other for Illustrator.
I was hooked from then on and took to creating vector portraits and illustrations like a duck to water. I swiftly gained a monthly gig creating illustrations and designs for a flyer distribution company and have grown steadily from there.
Adidas Originals Tribute
My clients have included Microsoft, Diesel, Brother, and Advanced Photoshop magazine, among many others.
My work is inspired by sports, music and movies, and I love to add a sense of energy, motion and drama into my work. My process usually starts in Adobe Illustrator creating the vector illustrations first, then crossing over into Photoshop where I create the compositions, add effects, and include mixed media elements I created all myself.
Last, we have the phenomenal work of digital artist Ophir Sheriff, from Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. Featuring gorgeous visuals of concept art and diverse characters, his work is inspiring and super original.
Sky Map / Awakening
I was born and raised in Tel-Aviv, Israel. I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember even though I have no idea how I managed to make this lifelong hobby into my profession.
I worked for a couple of years as an artist in the video games industry in Israel, and now I work as a freelancer. Just this summer alone, I've worked on a TV show, a robotics design project, two small video games, a number of illustration works and a personal comic book project. It's a lot of work, but honestly, I love it!
My inspiration changes constantly. For my personal work, I believe the major factors behind it are my dreams and nightmares, as well as a deep love for my local Israeli roots. A lot of my works have motives that first come to me in my sleep, and are inspired by the Israeli desert scenery and fantastical and surreal themes.
As for my professional work, it varies from project to project. I always try to explore new styles in order to find a unique fit for my clients.
Imitation / Desert Dwellers
Fear is the Mind Killer
My biggest inspirations are both Moebius and Hayao Miyazaki. The two of them are just so endlessly creative, and they have such a unique way of looking at things.
Besides them, I really adore Asaf and Tomer Hanuka, and have a lot of inspirations from the traditional art world, such as Gustav Klimt, René Magritte, and Caspar David Friedrich.
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Love this selection? See more from this series:
- Global InfluencesArt for All: Celebrate Diversity in Design—Volume 13Melody Nieves
- Global InfluencesArt for All: Celebrate Diversity in Design—Volume 14Melody 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: