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.
Bringing extraordinary colors to his neighborhood is our first artist, Raúl Sisniega. A muralist and pattern maker from Mexico City, Raúl scales the walls of buildings, homes and neighboring towns in order to paint his psychedelic illustrations.
Mística Salvaje No.1
I was born and raised in Mexico City where I live and work. I had the chance to study graphic design and visual communications there at the national university in Mexico.
I have been painting murals for almost 10 years now. Mostly in different cities of Mexico and in Manchester in the U.K. But now I am looking forward to creating new opportunities to paint murals all around the world.
Nothing But a Dream
I have a particular interest in biology and physics; specifically in the microcosms and macrocosms. Since I started to take a look at how my body works and the environments surrounding it, I have received many moments of joy while making amazing personal discoveries.
Había Una Vez Un Valle
I would say that my art is a mix of geometry and psychedelia. Through the use of simple geometric forms I like to design a wide range of characters that inhabit a micro universe filled with atmospheres full of rhythm, color and optical illusions.
By dealing with scientific concepts like quantum particles, fragmentation, infinity and cell reproduction, I like to invite the beholder to enter a mystical world full of mathematics and questions about the nature of matter, spirits and our own existence.
Step into the colorful world of our next artist, Astrid Prasetianti. Currently based in Paris, France, this Indonesian artist creates lovely illustrations for children's books and editorials. Get inspired by her mystical animal themes and unique style.
I am a graphic designer and illustrator from Jakarta, Indonesia, but I'm now living in Paris. My favorite color is yellow and I love children's books.
My works are mostly inspired by the experiences I've had. Whether it's a place that I've recently visited, a song that I just listened to or even some random thoughts in my mind. I try to always put a little humor or something silly into my drawings.
International Women's Day
There are so many illustrators that I adore including: Tom Haugomat, Vincent Mahé, Robert Hunter, Lisk Feng, Andrés Lozano, and Luke Pearson. I've always looked up to them and look forward to seeing their new work.
On the other side, I also love the work of Lisa Congdon and Timothy Goodman. They spread so much positivity and share their heart in their work.
Graphic designer Kehong Lu is our next phenomenal talent based in Blacksburg, Virginia. Currently a student, he creates trendy graphic illustrations inspired by nature and a love of simple daily moments.
Currently, I’m studying for my Bachelor's degree in graphic design at Virginia Tech and will graduate this year. I like both digital and print designs, but I like illustrations even more.
I interned with Walt Disney engineering in the fall of 2018, and my experience there influenced me to some extent. Before I was only interested in becoming a graphic designer, but now I've fallen in love with illustrations and want to become a graphic designer and illustrator.
Into The Jungle
For most of my work, I get inspiration from my daily life. Such as the Planter App design—I love to have little plants at home but I always forget to water them, so I thought it would be really useful if I could create an app for people like me that love to have plants but are also busy with their life and work.
I always follow artists on Instagram who have the styles I really like. Such as David Doran and Gal Shir. I also check Behance regularly to keep myself updated.
Maria Filipe Castro
We know you'll love this last collection of adorable plushies from artist Maria Filipe Castro. A talented toy artist from Matosinhos, Portugal, Maria creates cheeky plush toys inspired by cuddly animals and delicious ice-cream pop flavors.
Harajuku Sweetie Bear
I'm Maria Filipe Castro, a toy artist. I design and make needle felted art toys under the name “droolwool.”
I'm a huge fan of food in all shapes and forms. The expression “eating with the eyes” makes a lot of sense to me. It really expresses how I feel about everything that is food related. I often find myself drooling over a plush or plastic pizza the same way I would if it were a real one.
What motivates me to do what I do is the possibility of creating an imaginary world filled with my own version of the things I love.
Instinctively, I was drawn to soft materials. I was never a fan of messy environments and heavy machinery. The first time I really enjoyed sculpting was when I created a series of small soft sculptures portraying items that typically belong to the female universe, such as: mascara, hair brushes, fake eyelashes, and lipsticks. They were hand sewn and made in shiny, colorful fabrics.
The transition from textile to toy artist happened when I discovered felt wool and the needle felting technique. Learning this technique came so naturally to me, that it immediately became my new medium of choice: it's soft, colorful, lightweight, and it has this incredible ability to be sculpted in a very similar way to clay. It still amazes me how some thin fibers can be transformed into solid pieces.
Pommie and a Baby Worm
Popsicle Bear - Strawberry and White Chocolate
What I really love about my work is designing new shapes for everyday things. The most amusing part is creating their personalities, imagining their stories with a humorist twist.
Lately, I've been inclined to make bubbly and enthusiastic characters. I think I am addicted to making smiley faces. They not only make me smile, but I also find it very rewarding to see these happy characters make other people smile too, spreading good feelings all around.
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Love this selection? See more from this series:
- Global InfluencesArt for All: Celebrate Diversity in Design—Volume 21Melody Nieves
- Global InfluencesArt for All: Celebrate Diversity in Design—Volume 20Melody 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: