Welcome back to Volume Two of 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.
Shyama is an illustrator living in Brooklyn, New York.
I’m an artist and illustrator with a graphic design education and background. My parents came to the US from Sri Lanka before I was born and both worked as scientists, but encouraged me to find my own path.
I worked as a designer for a decade before feeling brave enough to switch over to a career in art.
I’m mostly inspired by capturing a feeling of life. My favorite mediums are oil paints, digital media on the iPad Pro, and I also like to use animation and patterns in my work.
I know my design background influences my work, especially the patterns. I try not to be 100% tied to any particular art movement or trend that is popular at the moment. I create the things I want to see in the world, or what I feel is missing or underrated.
Father, teacher, and jazz lover Tavo Montañez is our second artist from Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Los Amores de Frida
My name is Gustavo Díaz Montañez (Tavo Montañez).
I am an illustrator working mostly in the editorial, publishing, and advertising industries. My process usually involves drawing with pencil, ink on paper, and digital coloring.
Perspective Magazine: Time to Act
I'm inspired by nature in general. I love women, animals, textures, water, and even fiction and monsters. There is a desire within me to always improve my work by finding new mediums and challenges.
Los Amores de Frida
I always turn to the work of my compatriots for inspiration. There's Saturnino Herrán, Ernesto García Cabral, and César Moreno among others.
Catalina is an animator and illustrator from Medellín, Colombia.
I'm Catalina Vásquez (Kathiuska) and I started learning illustration on my own during the middle of my audiovisual communication studies. I like to portray everyday life in my illustrations.
I also love moving images, so I'm now working on my second short animated film called, Jail.
Medellín Brand Campaign
My inspiration is in daily life. I think my work is very autobiographical and emotional. So I like to go out and see what's happening around me and later, process all this information to create my stuff.
Medellín Brand Campaign
I've always felt very inspired by the UPA animation studio art style, and American cartoons.
But I also like the concept art of shows like Mr. Magoo and the Pink Panther for when I need color palettes and inspiration. I love illustrating children's books, so I'm a fan of artists like Isabel Arsenault, Rebecca Green, and Olga Demidova.
Our final artist is Eunjoo Lee. She's a Korean illustrator and textile designer from Glasgow, Scotland.
The inspiration behind my illustrations is about the individualized fantasy of utopia, and how it affects personality. It's my visual language inspired by the historical art movement.
Korean Fairy Tale Scarf
I try to use a lot of symbols in my artwork because I'm interested in the hidden meanings behind these creative languages.
Korean Traditional Costume
I'm inspired by a diverse set of visual artists. My textile design ideas come from Vårklockor Josef Frank, Makoto Kagoshima and historical Asian textile designs.
I also look up to modern artists too, such as Picasso, Miro, Kiki Smiths, and lots of others.
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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:
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