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 traditional artist Angie Kang. An illustration student currently living in Rhode Island, Angie makes exquisite traditional portraits which breathe with life. Enjoy this look inside her incredibly intimate work.
I was born in China, raised in California, and now am based in Rhode Island where I study illustration and writing in the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program.
I use my art-making as a form of record-keeping, a means of collecting memories all within the confines of the painting surface.
In examining the pauses in life, a variety of narratives emerge. As a Chinese-American artist, I also seek to integrate my multiple identities in my own artistic practice. My heritage informs my art not just in subject matter but also in stylistic choices, formalistic qualities, and varying approaches to work.
Dyad of Dryads
I’m enamored with a range of styles! Recently, I’ve been particularly moved by illustrators such as Lisbeth Zwerger, Charlotte Ager, Rebecca Dautremer, and fine artists such as Kyle Staver and Paula Rego.
Zwerger has been my idol for a long time; her compositions are impeccably designed and her drawings are delicate but full.
Our next feature is the talented Mike Ham, a multidisciplinary artist based in New York. Inspired by his love of music and his favorite artists, he creates intricately detailed paintings in both traditional and digital mediums.
I'm a self taught artist based in NY. I lived here my whole life. Besides art I played football, lacrosse and also wrestled. I love music—more of an old soul, and I love to travel and meet new people.
Custom Painted Caps
Art has always given me the freedom of just being myself and tuning out the outside world for a bit. It’s also relaxing to just create and have fun doing it.
Always loved to draw since I was little, I'd have to say that the early inspiration definitely came from cartoons I used to watch. Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, Dexter’s lab, Courage the Cowardly Dog—shows like that to name a few. They sparked my imagination and I always loved to draw my favorite characters.
Custom Painted Slides
As far as styles I love manga and comic art, but I also have a real love for hyper realism. For me I like to play in between realism and animated styles. Still discovering more of what I like but I think I’m at a good point right now and just getting in more practice.
Celebrate the elegance of black beauty with our next artist, Noa Denmon. This Philadelphia-based illustrator creates vibrant portraits and editorial work of inspirational figures and beloved artists.
I am a Philadelphia based illustrator and a graduate from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Illustration, and an MAT in Arts and Teaching. I love patterns, pups, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a great cup of coffee and all spicy foods.
Experience: Lucille Clifton
I strive to create femme, colorful illustrations, influenced by my experience as a black woman and creator. I am inspired by elements of nostalgia and stories exchanged between beloved friends and family.
Experience: Maya Angelou
In These Times: Editorial
Some of my biggest influences at the moment are Jillian Tamaki, Laura Callaghan, Carson Ellis, Manjitt Thapp, Victo Ngai, and Joo Hee Yoon.
I look to these artists as examples of excellent storytelling, and admirable work ethic. They are constantly creating. I wish to live my life in a very similar way.
Our final feature belongs to Alice Bejarano, a talented designer and creator currently living in Panama City. Featuring phenomenally fashionable digital collages, Alice's work showcases a stellar style inspired by fashion and more.
I'm a Venezuelan artist who's been living in Panama City, Panama for the last 4 years. Studying communication in college, I started getting really into art and graphic design, so I taught myself to use Photoshop while devouring many art books.
A few years later, I started a fashion blog that opened many doors for me in the fashion world in Venezuela.
I am very inspired by fashion in general. I think the mixing of patterns, cuts, textures and different styles is a process that I find very interesting and where I draw lots of inspiration from. I also love nostalgia a lot; I'm obsessed with the Memphis Design Group, brutalism and the overall 80s aesthetic.
I think I get a lot of inspiration from artists who have a "neo-japanese aesthetic" or a "retro fashion" vibe to their work.
I love Hajime Sorayama, I was obsessed with him as a kid—Lisa Frank too. Very recently I discovered the art of Tyler Dale and I fell completely in love with it, I love minimalism.
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Love this selection? See more from this series:
- Global InfluencesArt for All: Celebrate Diversity in Design—Volume 20Melody Nieves
- Global InfluencesArt for All: Celebrate Diversity in Design—Volume 19Melody 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: