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 illustrator and designer Trudi-Ann Hemans, who amazes us with her vivid and surreal illustrations. Step into the world of this Jamaican-born artist as she creates fantastic artwork inspired by nature.
When Doves Cry
I was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, then at the age of 16 I moved to the US to further my education and get the artistic guidance that I needed.
I’ve been drawing for as long as I could remember—I think I started carving stick figures on the backs of wooden furniture or under tables in the house.
Bottle of Happiness
Growing up, I was always surrounded by nature and vibrant colors but when I moved it was a drastic change to cities and dull surroundings. So I draw the things of beauty that I took for granted as a child.
Blind to Beauty
I’ve always loved cartoons. Growing up, I’d sit less than a foot from the TV binge watching anything 2D animated. The cartoons I watched as a child heavily influenced my current artistic choices to use flat colors and a strong shape language in my work.
The art nouveau movement is also an art style I admired when I started my professional career. I’m inspired by way too many artists to list here but my top three would be Mary Blair, James Jean and Alphonse Mucha.
Next, from Costa Rica, is Andres Tencio, a graphic designer and illustrator who explores incredible shapes and topics in his work. Check out his wide range of illustrations, from mysterious characters to elaborate editorial pieces.
Mystic and Eerie Characters
In Costa Rica, we have many pre-Columbian art traditions in the forms of jewelry, pottery, stone sculptures and various artifacts. All of this indigenous art always makes its way into my mind to find inspiration to create.
The scenery that surrounds you in this country gets to you on a deep level. So nature, in all its endless forms, sounds, shapes and smells is always a great way to stay inspired.
Mystic and Eerie Characters
The art community in Costa Rica is very diverse, from comic book artists of the level of Dan Mora and John Timms to various editorial illustrators. There are many traditional painters and a strong printmaking tradition here.
Colorado native Megan Ruiz is another great artist with an incredible grasp on imagination. Featuring colorful digital paintings of whimsical characters, her work includes inspiring pieces that'll make you smile.
Fall 2018 Illustration
I'm Megan! I'm a 21 year old illustrator. I'm originally from Colorado! I've never wanted to do anything except for art. Towards the end of my high school career I applied to a handful of art schools. I got into most of them, but ended up in Florida at the Ringling College of Art and Design. I'm actually about to graduate from there now! I'm working towards jump starting my professional career.
A lot of my work is based in nostalgia. When I lived in Colorado, anytime you went outside you were met with some kind of wild animal. So I have so many fond memories of being met with wolves, foxes, deer, bunnies, and gophers.
Since I lived in such a small town, I spent more of my free time wandering in the woods of Western Colorado than anything else. I usually pull from these childhood memories when creating.
2018 Fall Visual Development
Spring 2018 Color Illustration
The reason I'm an artist today is because of video games. I obsessively played Final Fantasy games as a kid and I would copy the characters into my notebooks. I really like the fantasy aspect of those games and I think the whimsical style still affects my work today.
Currently, I look up to so many artists. Part of my process is getting inspired by the people around me and art that is different from my own. Specifically, I'm inspired by people like Elena and Olivia Ceballos, Gop Gap, Bobby Chiu, and Carter Goodrich.
At Ringling, I've been inspired by my peers like Tess Lockey, Jamiel Law, Josh Baum, and Lucas Riquenes.
Our last feature comes from Bolivian artist and graphic design student, Karolayne Pez. With a spunky style of her own, she makes awesome vector illustrations of stylish, original characters.
Hello! I am Karolayne Pez, mom, wife, illustrator and graphic designer. I love nature and drawing girls.
Nicotina the Cat
I really like to draw faces of girls—especially angry, simple, real, and imperfect expressions. I think this is because in society, social networks do not want to show us in that way.
Other times I like to draw inspiration from my culture, I am from Bolivia and we are rich in traditions and culture.
Some of my inspirations are: @Mirandamakaroff, @Caridibuja and @Kirstenrothbart. They are all so original and unique!
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Love this selection? See more from this series:
- IllustrationArt for All: Celebrate Diversity in Design—Volume 16Melody Nieves
- Global InfluencesArt for All: Celebrate Diversity in Design—Volume 15Melody 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: