"I always make it a habit to draw different shades, hair textures and shapes when it comes to drawing black anime women. This was actually my last piece for my Jujutsu Kaisen Redraws and I was working on the final details of it while watching the newest Savage X Fenty fashion show on Amazon Prime. I saw this beautiful model with vitiligo and was so inspired to make such a relatable and strong anime character with the same skin. My whole goal in life is for black women to be seen in this style of art and I'm so happy that some women saw themselves in this piece."
"...each picture showed a different stage of her vitiligo journey. At first, I wasn’t sure how to include her in the series because the depigmentation completely spread and I place the paint marks according to where there are areas of pigment. So, instead of doing that, I came up with this idea separate from the series to show the different stages of vitiligo over time. (also used it as an opportunity to try a different art style, what do you guys think?) PS. I included the graphic in reverse order as well because I did not want to make it seem like I was privileging one skin-tone over the other. The original drawing is how it is to represent a timeline, the far right being her current complexion. "
" I first noticed a physical change of my skin at the age of 8. I went to vitiligo treatment centers for a while until eventually I decided to stop going. Having vitiligo gave me more reason to embrace all parts of myself. I think of my skin as this armor that is a constant reminder of how brave and courageous I can be. The beauty that I see in myself and others, and the liberation of being externally unique, greatly impacts who I am as an individual. It is best thing I consistently learn about myself and especially this past year."
"Inspired by a beautiful photo of [Jesi Taylor Cruz] by Sophie Kietzmann for Girl Gaze." Jesi Taylor Cruz is a well known writer, philosopher and advocate for Black maternal health. This picture features baby Io!
"A little something I did inspired by the many with vitiligo. This is from me to y'all." The beautiful imagery of this digital sketch is resounding as this queen wears her heart on her face as many of us living with vitiligo wear our hearts on our skin.
"His colors reminded me of this model [Curtis McDaniel] so I was like 'this...this is what I need him to be...perfection'"
This up and coming self taught artist is creating a "universe of characters" and we are looking forward to the stories!
"This painting is a part of my new painting series titled ‘Redefining Beauty’ which challenges what society believes ‘real beauty’ is. It gives a voice to those who are not often represented in our culture." Inspired by Winnie Harlow.