This week’s “Arts to Hearts Feature Article” is here again, just in time for the weekend. But before I reveal this week’s featured artists, we would like to extend our gratitude to you. We appreciate the enthusiastic feedback we get every week from showcasing new and upcoming artists and would like to thank you. It would not have been possible without your support.
Now, let’s get back on track. My heart bursts with pride at the diversity of artistic expression shown in our Arts to Hearts Community. We have artists of every stripe: painters, muralists, ceramists, sketchers, writers, filmmakers, you name it.
However, this week we are featuring five talented illustrators you should keep an eye on for future inspiration.
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about them.
Nessa Shera (@gucora.andu)
Gucora Andu means ‘To Draw People’ in Kikuyu, a Kenyan Language. Her work illustrates people, especially women, and issues that concern them. In a country where aspects of African tradition contribute to widespread chauvinistic attitudes, Gucora Andu is a platform that promotes and encourages feminist values.
Gucora Andu has worked with NGOs and female-led businesses to raise awareness of feminist realities and social issues across Africa.
She enjoys the illustration process as much as the final result, and she loves working with clients who appreciate the creative journey they take together.
Eya Mordyakova (@eya.and.monsters)
Eya Mordyakova is an artist who currently works and lives in Moscow, Russia. In addition to that, she has made it to the final round of the Silent Book Contest 2022.
She has a passion for imagining new worlds and populating them with characters, as well as illustrating books and journals. She works in various mediums, including Art, animation, comics, ceramics, large-scale painting, and screen printing, and she is constantly looking for new things to try and experiment with.
Dina Isabel (@dina_scholtes_illustration)
According to Dina, “Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, or at least have had a pen in my hand. So it was clear to me early on that I would take up a creative profession, and I chose to study fashion design. After fifteen successful years as a fashion designer for various large companies in Hamburg and the associated international trend and supplier trips, my path in 2020 brought me back to my roots. It has to be said that during my fifteen-year career as a designer in the fashion industry, I was not able to live out my love of painting as I would have liked”.
For Dina, portraying or illustrating women means questioning with each new picture which “type” of woman she is dealing with and what mood she is capturing at the moment. In doing so, she also deals with herself anew every time as a woman and artist. Even though she focuses on portraits of women in her work, this in no way means that I don’t also portray children and men. The human being is always in the foreground for her, and she looks forward to making personal portraits and personalized commissioned works and meeting new fascinating people.
Bianca Sequeira (@bianartist)
Bianca is a self-taught digital artist and freelance illustrator based in Mumbai, India. She completed her degree in Mass Media specializing in Advertising from Sophia’s College, Mumbai.
Art has always been something she has loved since she was a child. So when she found herself returning to it after completing her education, she knew this was it for her.
She Creates Paintings, Digital portraits, Concept art, Album Covers, Animation loops and a lot more. Her art style is a mix of warm, soothing and colourful. She is majorly inspired by her surroundings, nature, stars and sky. She likes to evoke emotions and nostalgia through her Art and loves creating pieces that tell a story.
Carly Garza (@carlygarza)
Carly is an artist from San Antonio, TX, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. She explores many media and is interested in body positivity/neutrality, queerness, pastel colour palettes, rollerskating, and the essence of what it means to be a living being in the universe. Garza has exhibited with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle, Clamplight Gallery, Creative Eye Gallery, Jump Start Performance Co., Artpace, and Southwest School of Art in San Antonio. Garza is a recipient of a 2021 Luminaria Working Artist Grant and 2022 FOCO Artist Studio Residency at Brick Gallery in Blue Star Arts Complex.