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.
Mongolian-born graffiti artist and graphic designer Orgio Emak kicks off this feature with cool, stylized pieces. Inspired by the world around him, he creates epic illustrations of pop culture icons and themes.
See more in his portfolio.
Mario & Luigi
My name is Enkh-Orgil Dulmaa, aka Emak. I'm a graphic designer and graffiti artist. I was born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and moved to Washington DC this year. I'm a founding member of the TNMC graffiti crew, and we have been rocking since 2012.
I get inspired by many things, for example: good music, movies, art pieces, graffiti, and videos. I get it from everywhere. In the last few days I've been getting inspired by the song, "Honesty," by Pink Sweat$. It's a really good mood for me.
Donald & Mickey
I try to look up to as many artists as possible. Right now there are many that I like. ETO, TEM, Dasher, Jay Flow, Hombre, and Risky are a few.
Our next artist creates beautiful designs filled with imagination and adventure. Remi Jeffrey-Coker is an illustrator and designer based in Georgia with a fantastic eye for composition and landscapes.
See more in her portfolio.
I am originally from Gaithersburg, MD, and am now living in Savannah, GA, pursuing my masters degree in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. I have a very diverse family and background, and have spent much of my life traveling which has inspired my interest in art and design.
Do Trees Heal People?
I have always studied and loved fine art, and spent many years creating colored pencil drawings on wood before I decided to pursue a career in illustration.
I love working digitally and designing environments, and I am currently working towards becoming a visual development artist for theme parks, games and animation.
Many things inspire my work. I spend a lot of time traveling and learning about new cultures, stories, environments and art. Architecture and lighting often inspire my work, as I like to depict interesting perspectives and lighting focal points in my pieces.
I spend a lot of time looking at work by 20th century illustrators and artists. I look up to them for their usage of color, lighting, composition and storytelling, and try to implement those things into my own pieces.
Concept artist Joey Mekonen creates mind-blowing illustrations of incredible sci-fi designs. Check out this next selection of creative digital pieces, dedicated to character development and electric environments.
See more in his portfolio.
Character Design: Futuristic Hero
I’m a freelance illustrator and concept artist currently living in Seattle, WA. I was born to an Ethiopian father and a Chinese mother in Los Angeles, California. I’ve worked mostly on small game-related projects with my most recent notable works featured in Ubisoft’s Beyond Good and Evil 2.
Game Project: Particle Rush - Environment Concepts
A steady diet of film, animation, comics, and video games were very influential in developing my artistic tastes during my early life. I found myself totally hooked on all the fascinating concepts and eye-popping imagery there was to explore and experience!
Among my most cherished influences is Todd McFarlane’s Spawn series, which blew my mind with its raw, gritty style. Also, Shirow Masamune’s meticulous work on mechanical concepts had me mesmerized in Ghost in the Shell.
Illustration: Space Marine Propaganda
Illustration: The Riot Queen
A few of the artists that I look up to are: Todd McFarlane, Yoji Shinkawa, H.R. Giger, Shirow Masamune, and Jeremy Hewlett.
One of the best parts of this series is seeing exceptional graphic styles from around the world. Our final artist, Jiayan He, shows us her impeccable pieces inspired by traditional Chinese design techniques.
See more in her portfolio.
Cai Zhengren's Master Class on Kunqu Opera
I am a Chinese graphic designer and illustrator based in New York, USA. My works mainly focus on editorial design, book binding, poster design and illustration. I am also registered as a nurse (RN) in Australia.
Origination, Mastery, Spirituality
My multidimensional education in both art and medicine has brought about diverse views to my creative work. Some of my works introduce the rich art and culture of ancient and modern China, some care about health education for the public, and others reflect the major issues of today’s world.
I hope my work can bring some new perspectives that help to enhance people’s perception and understanding of different cultures, different populations (immigrants, senior citizens, people with mental health issues, etc) and our planet.
Cultural Event Posters
Learn Poetry with Mom - Children's Book
I am a museum person and have loved traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy since an early age. The beauty of traditional Chinese book binding also greatly inspired my work, as I believe the essence of those older techniques can be well adapted to modern design.
Moreover, the masters of modern design such as Paul Rand and Shigeo Fukuda also deeply influenced me with their remarkable work and philosophies.
Celebrate Diversity! Send Us Your Favorite Artists!
Help us find more incredible artists from different backgrounds to share with our audience! Tweet me your recommendations at MelloNieves or use the hashtags #artforall and #tutsplusdesign on Twitter and Instagram. You never know, we may just feature you in our next article!
Love this selection? See more from this series:
- Global InfluencesArt for All: Celebrate Diversity in Design—Volume 17Melody Nieves
- IllustrationArt for All: Celebrate Diversity in Design—Volume 16Melody 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: