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 illustrations.
Ndumiso is a motion graphic designer from Johannesburg, South Africa.
I'm a Johannesburg based Illustrator and Motion Designer and I make contemporary African art. My art is a combination of vector illustration, bold line work with vibrant colors and a touch of light and shadow effects.
Almost all my work is inspired by Africa and its beautiful people. It is a continent that is filled with rich textures, bold colors, carefully crafted shapes and diverse cultures. My goal is to celebrate Africa with each artwork and portray it as the positive, fertile and vibrant continent we know and live in.
Nomaqhawe (Mother of Heroes)
I Am Not My Hair
I’m a huge fan of traditional Ndebele patterns, so naturally Esther Mahlangu’s work has inspired a lot of my art. I learnt about Bauhaus at university and that has also influenced how I conceptualize my art. Some of my favourite artists include Esther Mahlangu, Malika Farve and Gerard Sekoto.
Joanne is a fine artist and painter living in LA.
I was born in Korea and moved to America in my teens. I'm currently based in Los Angeles, and I love to paint based on my experiences and emotions.
My inspiration comes from my childhood. I used to live in a forest so it was an interesting subject to daydream from time to time.
Current life experiences and relationships between people and myself change the mood of my art. Even a cup of tea changes my mood and it affects my art.
As I grow as an artist, I've learned how to control my emotions and energy. I sometimes do certain things to change my mood when I paint.
For example, I go to the gym to put confident bold brush strokes in my paintings. Then I listen to delicate music to dig into the details.
Our next artist is Alex, a children's book illustrator living in Mexico.
He tells inspiring stories of triumph and tradition, and his work features lovely illustrations with mythological themes and more. See more in his portfolio, or follow him on Instagram @alexherreriasilustrador.
El Aprendizaje - The learning
I am a professor at the School of Arts and Design of Unam and I have become a father for the first time this year. My work is currently published in different parts of the world.
El Hombre Que Nunca Reía
I am working on my own graphic novel and I enjoy every project I do. I try to create a very comfortable work environment, with music, coffee and lots of sunlight.
The Surfing Luchador
Drawing in my notebook is of the utmost importance, I try to be very dynamic and honest with each idea.
For my process, I read books, see references and listen to music concerning it. Each illustrated project brings me a lot of personal learning. Then I draw the first ideas in my notebook and a larger final sketch before I send it to the client. The tools I use are usually: a pencil, notebooks, a Wacom Intuos and Adobe Photoshop.
Yifan is an editorial illustrator living in Baltimore, Maryland.
Let the Moonlight Soothe Your Soul
I am a visual artist and storyteller. I enjoy nature, funk, indie rock, dancing, reading and intellectual conversations.
Watercolor - What Is Reading to Me
A lot of my work is inspired by nature, life and fantasy stories. There are also other pieces that express my quirky sense of humor and satire.
Conceptually, I get inspired from Kafka’s novels, 60s Polish animations, and illustrators who do brilliant conceptual work like Saul Steinberg and Roland Tapor.
Making art is my way to escape from nihilism and connect to the world by raising questions for my audience to think. I believe that artists should take on the responsibility of providing a clearer and deeper insight into the world.
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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: