Illustration, Drawing & Painting
My creative work includes mixed mediums from traditional mediums, digital mediums, 2d and 3D. My work in each medium strongly connects to the others. I integrate digital work into traditional, and vice versa. It is an ever changing and interconnected process, all working towards my body of work and studio practice as a whole. I enjoy using oil paints, linseed oil and spirits on canvas and wood most often. I delight in these materials abilities to create expressional strokes, thickness, and freedom. In my recent painting, “IMANI”, I used brush strokes consciously to evoke emotion and to explore the beauty of a face whilst extremely pushing the boundaries of realism. Focusing on self-love and appreciation, most of my works are dedicated to Black women and women of color around the world. As my eyes and ears have experienced all types of stories and love, it gave me a picture of what needed to evolve. As a true African child, I never got to see the beauty of a black woman’s face. Black women where mostly depicted as house wives who only needed to have children. In my newest series, I am creating portraits for each woman to not see themselves as less but as a queen who evolves by creating her own world. Painting has taught me to be free, it has showed me a way to express my guilt, sorrow, and pain. It has provided a tool for me to bring great awareness to topics that matter. I want to expand and create a space where black people and people of color find acceptance.
Drawing & Painting, Mixed Media
Ali Brown is an emerging contemporary mixed media artist currently located in Etobicoke, Ontario and in her graduating year of Humber’s Visual and Digital Arts program. Her work is centered on themes of personal struggle with mental illness, memories and relationships. In her practice, she explores how these experiences connect and have shaped her. In this attempt to document the present and reflect on the past, she works intuitively as well as with personal archival documentation such as family photograph’s to recontextualize and collaborate with her recollections. Her practice provides a space for healing and acceptance. Ali’s work has recently been featured in Humber Galleries “Campus As A Canvas” initiative, the In Situ Multi Arts Festival: “The Lost Museum”, as well as Humber Galleries “Reactivation” project. Following her Humber Graduation, she hopes to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts and follow pathways thereafter to become an arts educator.
Illustration, Drawing & Painting, Digital Art, Concept Art
My artwork focuses on visual storytelling, fictional world-building, and development of miscellaneous characters. Through narrative, I explore human relationships and psychology while giving embodiment and meaning to my escapist fantasies. Digital drawing allows me to look at the same work from different angles, I can change color, texture, effects and experiment with the layering of details on the character. However, I often come back to traditional mediums and techniques. I like how little accidents can lead my artwork in a new direction by taking unexpected turns, fueling my imagination. In my current work, I combine real-life experiences with fantastical elements to illustrate mundane things in a new, entertaining way. I want my viewers to relate to the stories I tell and recognize themselves in my characters.
Drawing & Painting
Daniel Santos is a Toronto-based Visual and Digital Artist that specializes in design. He currently studies at Humber College's Visual and Digital program. In this program, he has studied traditional and digital mediums such as photography, figure drawing, digital painting, compositional painting, and many more. He is also fluent in a wide variety of software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Adobe Premiere Pro, with 4 years of experience with a wide variety of programs. He’s abilities to capture important physical conceptual ideas through photogenic ideas and techniques. Some of these ideas and techniques are life and how we celebrate it, light/dark, and how they bring into the 3Dimansional perspective, remembrance, and how we celebrate the lies that were sacrificed so we could live. Daniel has designed logos for letterman jackets and a range of graphics. He is experienced in photo editing, both frame, and video animation. Daniel is currently working on a series of paintings that combine music and art, which will be shown at Current. Within all Daniel’s artwork the theme coincides with impactful experiences that are currently happening in my life. Ever since he was a small child, he had problems socializing with other people. When completing his works, he focus on his works being able to speak for themselves in the color used and the main subject of the piece.
Jose Antonio Mendoza
Drawing & Painting
My name is Jose Antonio Mendoza Valderrama, and I am a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto, Canada. My practice is mainly focused on fantasy, abstract-like style artworks about the emotions of everyday life and how they motivate our actions. My work is inspired by mythological, medieval, and fantasy themes, giving them an abstracted magical look. Most of my practice is made with traditional mediums such as acrylic paint, oil paint, but occasionally liking work digitally as well. My works are colorful and dynamic, and I am currently starting to grow a webpage and an Instagram page where my work will be posted. In order to expand and improve my skills, I have enrolled and completed multiple online courses, and I am currently finishing a Visual and Digital Arts program at Humber College. I look forward to improving and expand my knowledge in art and living new experiences that help me grow as a successful artist.
Digital Art, Illustration, Concept Art
My art practice allows me to connect with people in an honest way that I've never been able to do with words. Through sharing my work in social media, the audience has the opportunity to engage by voicing their opinion to me and others. My art style is very much influenced by Japanese pop culture and its unique way of expressing emotions through their use of color and character stylization. I experiment with different styles to evolve my technique. My process involves a sense of freedom in which I sketch everything that inspires me including nature, people, emotions and everyday life, and a few of those sketches become a more elaborate piece later. I enjoy working with traditional materials such as pencils and watercolors but my preferred medium is digital art because of its ability to let me work anywhere and easily edit my work.
Drawing & Painting, Mixed Media, Digital Art
My own artwork has been a mix of digital and traditional mediums, a heavy amount of learning has been gained from digital platforms. First learning in traditional mediums such as sketching and painting, my work has only improved as I’ve entered college and found foothold in themes such as culture and identity, however my digital work often focuses on techniques for colour and shading. As I move forward in my practice, I am going to combine my talents in both mediums to create works that speak to personal experiences I’ve had as a young Latin woman in Canada.
Mixed Media, Installation
My concepts vary, but depending on my target audience. If I'm targeting a broad audience, I try to use recognizable imagery. My father always says "We're in Canada Nile, everybody loves the moose." Let's just say he makes a lot of moose. If my audience is smaller or I'm experimenting, I tend to create edgier content, including mummification and topless portraitures. A lot of inspiration for my pieces also comes from pop culture, the human figure and even friends and family. In short form however I feel that day truly motivates the piece. As an artist, I hope to create content that most people can relate to, and creates an emotional response in the viewer. and it's something they can see putting in their home. The nice thing about working with steel is that my statement can last a lifetime. Ultimately, if a person connects with a piece enough to take it home I feel I have succeeded as an artist.
Illustration, Drawing & Painting, Concept Art, Digital Art
My focus is to make characters but also worlds and stories that come off as innocent but carry dark and sometimes symbolic themes. Within my stories I also want to express themes of odd and unique friendships, issues I have with the world and creative ways to the darker elements of the world we live in. It may be a bit wishy-washy to others at surface level but, I'd love to make a piece of fiction or characters that can help others be more willing to see what's hidden behind a certain façade. You can’t always expect a dark series to always be gloomy, nor can you expect a cute and adorable character to always be friendly and bubbly all the time. There are many things you can do in a story and its characters, it's a broad yet interesting medium for myself and I wish to make something with what I mentioned above.
Stephanie C. Calvo
Digital Art, Concept Art, Drawing & Painting
I am a graduate of the Visual and Digital Arts program who is currently residing in Mexico. My practice focuses on character design in which I create primarily human and human like characters whom convey subjective narratives or stories. I consider myself a visual storyteller, strongly believing that well designed characters are a vital part in order to tell a good story. Working simultaneously with traditional and digital tools allows me to develop original and interesting concepts and ideas to catch the viewers’ attention. My creative process most commonly starts with traditional sketches and is finalized digitally using software such as Photoshop. I take special care on the design structure of each of my characters. It is very important to me that every detail serves as a clue to inspire the viewers imagination, allowing them to create their own narratives. One of my biggest influences and source of inspiration in my work is music. Many if not most of my works are usually connected to my favorite songs, either inspired by the lyrics or the melody itself. My work explores several genres included but not limited to: fantasy, science fiction, horror and post-apocalyptic themes. I consider my work as the steps in my ongoing growth towards a personal and unique approach of character design.
Illustration, Drawing & Painting, Mixed Media, Digital Art
Toia Allen-Daniel is an artist based in Toronto, Canada. After graduating high school, she studied and completed the Art Foundation program at Humber College, learning the different variables of visual arts. After completing the program, Allen-Daniel went on to the Visual and Digital Arts program at Humber College to continue learning the arts. Her work focuses on character design and the stories behind the characters themselves. The personality and emotion portrayed in the character’s appearance, and their interaction within their environment. Her art is expressed in both digital illustrations and traditional oil and watercolor paintings. For her, taking a simple concept and stretching it into a fully-functioning story is therapeutic and encourages the creative mind and body.