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.
Our first feature belongs to Shaylin Wallace, a skilled photographer and digital artist living in Delaware.
Raise the Roots
I'm currently entering my junior year this fall at Salisbury University pursuing my BFA in Graphic Design. As a digital artist, I specialize in photo-manipulation. I have a passion for creating surrealistic, yet minimal compositions by combining and editing stock photos in Adobe Photoshop.
As a photographer, I specialize in portraiture and creating uniquely themed photo shoots. Not only do I love making art for myself, but for others as well. I love working with other creatives and bringing their visions and ideas to life.
Recently, I realized my artwork unknowingly depicted a deep, emotional part of myself that I cannot express with words. I'm inspired by creating surrealistic scenes that no one has created and having viewers double-take at my work, wondering if it's really real.
Leap of Faith
I really look up to Salvador Dali when it comes to my love for the surrealism art style. What I loved the most about his work was how realistic his paintings looked even though they were surreal. His work opened up a whole new passion of mine that I didn't know I had. Ever since then, I've been a surrealism-based artist who loves to create the impossible.
Next is David Silva, a magnificent graphic designer from Kuumba Studio in Minas Gerais, Brazil. With a passion for unique brand design and more, his work covers a wide variety of brilliant creations from 3D art to professional identities.
Kuumba Studio is governed by three principles: the passion for creating a great brand, the appetite for challenging work and the excitement of new projects. Projects that will make customers happy. With strategy and a lot of study, we create significant and relevant brands for various businesses.
Our goal remains strong: to help, create, build and share the things we are passionate about.
We are a creative and strategic studio, where passion, curiosity, insight and experience ensure that each project is unique and delivers effective results. For Kuumba Studio, it's much more than a brand, it's a story.
Estúdio Kuumba Brand Identity
Typographic and conceptual works are our favorites. Among some of the artists that stand out is Plau Design, directed by Rodrigo Saiani. I am inspired and admire their work, which motivates me.
Designer and illustrator Jessica Humphrey, originally from Maryland, is our next incredible talent. Explore her amazing collection of brand design and vector artworks below.
Muse Shave Cream
I'm a designer, illustrator and musician living in Colorado but originally from Maryland. In my spare time I play bass, video games, and try to study capoeira.
Saige + Ivy - Replenish Scrub
Most of my work is inspired by my struggles with mental illness - anxiety, depression, PTSD—and navigating a painful divorce.
ASDF 2019 Rebrand
My favorite styles of art are the ones that are a combination—a clearly illustrative style, but with just a touch of "cartoonish"-ness. In terms of old artists, El Greco and Caravaggio are my favorites, and my favorite modern artist is Fanch Ledan.
Our final feature belongs to illustrator and motion designer, Mimosa Viljanen. Originally from Finland, she now creates stunning digital illustrations and charismatic animations while living in Brussels.
I am completely incapable of not illustrating something new all the time, which gives me a hard time handling 3+ personal projects & work, all at once, at all times. I recently graduated from the College of Advertising and Design (CAD) in Brussels with a master's degree in motion design and UX. Ever since I've been working in a communications agency in Antwerp, Allyens.
Customer Journey Illustrations
I'd like to think that the inspiration behind my work is simply visual—I see something, I like it, it inspires/challenges me and so I go for it. Lately I've noticed it's more than this - whenever I finish an illustration it tells me a story. It could simply be that those stories are personal to me, and others don't see them. You be the judge.
I am often times inspired by various digital illustrators as much as people who practice traditional drawing. Tattoo art is also a big source of inspiration for me. Mostly people that aren't so known.
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Love this selection? See more from this series:
- ArtArt for All: Celebrate Diversity in Design—Volume 24Melody Nieves
- IllustrationArt for All: Celebrate Diversity in Design—Volume 23Melody 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 at the links below: