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Eye Candy's Blog Posts Tagged 'comic' (51)

FEATURE: Instagram naturals, models, and make-up mavens get immortalized with gorgeous illustrations by @katyaaaar

Loving the crap out of these gorgeous illustrations of natural haired black babes and men folk by Russian artist @katyaaaar. To paraphrase the artist, Katya gets inspiration from creeping on beauties on Instagram and through submissions. A visual feast, Katya’s illustrations immortalize beauty trends (peep the luminous highlight), boost representation of black and brown girls and show off the artist’s unreal talents working with a medium, that looks a lot like,…


Added by Eye Candy on August 22, 2016 at 12:28pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Prague-based artist and dancer Kristián Mensa shares lighthearted, mixed-media illustrations

Kristián Mensa is a Prague-based artist and illustrator and dancer. The multi-talented creative publishes work under the banner of World by Kriss where Mensa uses commonplace items to create humorous, mixed-media illustrations. These playful illustrations poke fun at everything from pop culture to politics to the plain silly. When he’s not drawing, Mensa flexes his creative muscle through breakdancing. See him bust a move at a London dance contest, down below.…


Added by Eye Candy on July 27, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Artists flex their skills in 17-year-old Autumn Massaquo’s #StyleChallenge

Okay, but who doesn’t love a viral trend that shows off black excellence? The #StyleChallenge hashtag, created by 17-year-old Autumn Massaquo, a student from London. After her version of the challenge, where the artist sketched stylisticlly different versions of cartoon illustration next to her own, went viral, it didn’t take long for others to…


Added by Eye Candy on July 26, 2016 at 10:39am — No Comments

FEATURE: Fictional undergrad Naima Pepper navigates contradictions of allyship in the humorous (H)afrocentric: The Comic

Here is our first installment of Juliana “Jewels” Smith's (H)afrocentric: The Comic strip. Written by Smith with art by Ronald Nelson, the on-going series follows radical Black feminist, Naima Pepper "(who has a White mama)" as she navigates undergraduate life at PWI Ronald Reagan University and deals with the contradictions of her own allyship and activism. For summer 16, look for a new (H)afrocentric comic strip every Monday on Afro Punk. Connect on…


Added by Eye Candy on July 5, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Lawrence Lindell Studio uses quirky illustrations for pro-black representation

Lawrence Lindell Studio is a pro-black artist and illustrator using his imagination and creativity to create technicolor drawings that re-affirm black existence, allude to the diaspora, and create visual representation for black identities. Lindell publishes his artwork as stand alone pieces which go on to be part of his printed booklets (think zine-sized). If you'd like to support the project, you can do so on …


Added by Eye Candy on June 27, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Denise Silva spreads empowering intersectional messages with Denisenhando project

Denisenhando is an on-going illustration project by industrial design student Denise Silva. Silva uses pastel illustrations featuring diverse depictions of people of color paired with empowering quotes by prolific intersectional writers and thinkers, like Audre Lorde.…


Added by Eye Candy on June 24, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Feature: Afrocentric and unapologetically bold illustrations by artist Iz Sanders give a fresh new look to cultural reclamation

Iz Sanders, the 22 year old cartoon artist from Texas, provides a provoking platform for a much needed cultural commentary. At first glance, the bright illustrations fall directly into the modern pop culture aesthetic- approaching it’s audience in a strikingly provocative way. Yet, as one delves deeper into the individual content, the activism begins to speak for itself. Each illustration works to dismantle a different level of stereotype- by recognizing it, embracing it,…


Added by Eye Candy on June 22, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments


The visual storyteller that goes by the name, Helena Banks is nothing short from leading-edge. She’s a Richmond, CA native currently creating in Washington, DC. From her imagination, she concocts her own animated world and brings it to life through her artistry. She describes her work as “A visual or physical manifestation of my own reality.” Her current project Little Monster House is not only ingenious but mysteriously intriguing. Here she talks with SHANISUNDAZE…


Added by Eye Candy on June 20, 2016 at 4:49pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Paraná-based graffiti artist @cafegraffiti depicts Afrocentric heritage, culture, and diasporic identities

Cafe the graffiti artist aka @cafegraffiti is a theology student and visual artist based inParaná Brazil, known for his expressionist, representational public graffiti. Many of his pieces call back to Afrocentric heritage and culture and the diasporic experience, from the perspective of an Afro-Brazilian. At the same time, Cafe plays with mystical imagery and recurring themes of looking forward and enlightenment. See some of his work, below.…


Added by Eye Candy on June 20, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 16-year-old West Indian artist Lunaaltare wows with stunning digital illustrations

Lunaaltare (aka Jackie) is a digital art and illustrator who makes highly stylized renderings of her favorite celebrities and fictional characters. The West Indian creative is just 16-years-old and is still experimenting with her style, even still, her work definitely makes an impression throughout saturated online communities around the tumblr-sphere. Check…


Added by Eye Candy on June 17, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: NYC artist Darius X Moreno visualizes the grittiness of hip-hop culture with dynamic paintings

Get to know multi-discipline artist and painter Darius X Moreno. The NYC-based creative works in 2D and 3D mediums, predominately sculpture and paintings. His work as a painter is inspired by the grit of hip-hop culture—not only in subject matter, but in the raw, unrestrained brush strokes that suggest an inherent powerful energy. Moreno is also a member of the GLUnyc creative collective. Check out his paintings down below.



Added by Eye Candy on June 17, 2016 at 11:54am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Digital artist TAKO mixes eclectic street style and quirky personalities for unique character illustrations

TAKO aka Terence Maluleke is another student from South Africa’s The Animation School who is currently killing it in the animator/digital/illustrated arts. He is a digital art and animator whose work is recognizable for his character’s lanky forms and expressive facial expressions. There’s also a cohesiveness in his color palettes, which tend to run in earthy tones with pops of neon, giving his work a luminescent quality.

By Erin…


Added by Eye Candy on June 16, 2016 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

FEATURE: Check out London-based digital artist Ashely Straker’s celestial portrait series

Check out London-based digital artist, animator, illustrator Ashely Straker and her conceptual celestial portraits. Inspired by the cosmos and afro-futurism, Straker creates out-of-this-world illustrations that blends black femininity with numinous transcendence and a enlightenment. Check ‘em out down below.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…


Added by Eye Candy on June 15, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Check out mixed-media artist Ndidi Emefiele’s whimsical and eye-catching portraits

Ndidi Emefiele is an uber-talented Nigerian painter and mixed-media artist and graduate student at UCL’s Slade School of Fine Art. Her whimsical, eye-catching portraits are easily identifiable by their over-sized heads, chubby cheeks, and beautiful, deep skin tones. “The exaggerated heads are symbolic, particularly in the western part of Nigeria[…]The head is said to control a person’s destiny,” Emefiele told …


Added by Eye Candy on June 14, 2016 at 1:20pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: "Tribute: Prince Rogers Nelson" comic book chronicles the late musicians rise to meteoric fame

Inspiring creativity is what so much of Prince’s legacy has been about. And since his untimely passing, there has been an even greater influx of artworks and projects done honoring the late musician, like this tribute comic, "Tribute: Prince Rogers Nelson" by writer Michael L. Frizell and illustrators Ernesto Lovera & Vincenzo…


Added by Eye Candy on June 14, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 17-year-old French artist @benbiayenda represents the small moments of black femme culture with diverse illustrations

I stumbled across these wicked illustrations by 17-year-old French artist @benbiayenda last night and wanted to share them. So much about Benbiayenda’s images are impressive to me, like the diversity in shade, texture, body types of characters, his two-point perspective is on-point, and so is his representation of black femme culture and the mundane moments…


Added by Eye Candy on June 10, 2016 at 11:37am — No Comments

FEATURE: Immensely talented Ethiopian artist Gelila Mesfin brings portraits to life with vibrant digital edits

Absolutely obsessed with immensely talented Ethiopian artist Gelila Mesfin and her digitally edited portraits. In these renderings, Mesfin uses geometric shapes and patterns to adorn and accessorize the photographs below them. Gradient color schemes and visual rhythm pull your eyes across the rich landscape of swirls, teardrop-shaped dots, and textured circles, which are possibly inspired by tribal prints. See more of Gelila's portraits…


Added by Eye Candy on June 9, 2016 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Check out Illinois-based illustrator Genesis E. Thomas’s contemporary take on portraiture

Genesis Thomas is a contemporary visual artist and illustrator from Kankakee, Illinois. The young artist is entirely self-taught and began exploring sketching and illustration with a charcoal pencil. More recently, Thomas has become more interested in paintings and acrylic and digital painting. Her portrait paintings are not exactly caricatures (which is a good thing) but they do exhibit a magical realist quality that is playful and unique. Genesis also sells the originals,…


Added by Eye Candy on June 6, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Check out these pop art-inspired illustrations from Angola, Luanda-based visual artist Kwanhama Art

Mandume Domingos, aka Kwanhama Art is a visual artist and designer from Angola, Luanda. His digital illustrations are done beautifully in a pop art style and often depict portraits or couples. His other pictures, which are a little more abstract, harken back to ancient and art historical images of the female form: think The Venus of Willendorf. Check them out down below.…


Added by Eye Candy on May 13, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Visual artist Derin Fletcher celebrates black female artists and inspirational figures with portraits and prints

Check out some of the inspirational, pro-black, pro-female portraits and mixed media prints from SCAD alum and fine artist Derin Fletcher. Down below you’ll find a hodge-podge of pieces from Derin’s portfolio, including some prints from her civil rights themed series ‘Ego Trip’ (my personal favorites) and portraits of black women and artists that they admire. Go on, take a scroll.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK…


Added by Eye Candy on May 12, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

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