1. My name is Odera Igbokwe. I am a fantasy illustrator and you might know me from projects such as my redesigns from the cast of Sailor Moon/Melanin Mythologies.Photo: Odera Igbokwe / Via patreon.com
I launched Melanin Mythologies to help create more visibility for people of color in fantasy and science fiction. You can check it out here.
What prompted this project was exploring the spectrum of amazing illustration and artwork coming from people of the African Diaspora. This curated collection features african americans, africans, afrolatinos, mixed people, and work as diverse and beautiful as the magical intersectional people highlighted.
This is a sample of the collection, but you can find more detailed and personal writeups of each artist here. Be sure to follow each of the artists who are absolutely spectacular. And you can follow me on Tumblr, FB, Instagram, or Twitter.
And now here are 29 more artists who are creating absolute magic!
2. Thomas Blackshear is an illustration legend. Check out his radiant oil painting called “Night In Day.”Photo: Thomas Blackshear / Via ebonyvisions.com
Blackshear now creates a line of spectacular figurines called Ebony Visions.
3. Louis Mailou Jones is one of the founding mothers of the Harlem Renaissance who lead the way for many painters, illustrators and art educators today.Photo: Lois Mailou Jones / Via loismailoujones.com
Lois Mailou Jones
4. Aaron Douglas, is a master of telling stories with his iconic imagery. We can’t speak of black illustrators or the Harlem Rennaissance without mentioning his legacy.Photo: Aaron Douglas
"Aspiration" by Aaron Douglas
5. Leo and Diane Dillon, the dynamic duo who create absolutely magic book illustrations.Photo: Leo & Diane Dillon / Via leo-and-diane-dillon.blogspot.com
The Dillons are illustration royalty. Be sure to check out their legacy and breadth of artwork.
Rest in peace and rest in power, Leo Dillon.
6. K.L. Ricks is a contemporary freelance illustrator and cartoonist.Photo: K.L. Ricks / Via klricks.com
Follow them on Twitter.
7. Wangechi Mutu creates haunting works, transmutates bodies, and battles misogynoir with her painting and collage works.Photo: Wangechi Mutu / Via wangechimutu.com
8. Asiey Barbie provides a stunning take on Steven Universe’s Gem War.Photo: Asiey Barbie / Via asieybarbie.com
9. Chris Visions is a comic artist and illustrator extraordinaire.Photo: Chris Visions / Via chrisvisions.com
10. Njideka Akunyili-Crosby describes an afro-diasporic, intergenerational, interracial slice of life with this painting.Photo: Njideka Akunyili-Crosby / Via njidekaakunyili.com
11. Gyimah Gariba creates breathtaking illustrations, visual development work and animations based on black culture and intersectionality[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Photo: Gyimah Gariba / Via Instagram: @gyimahg[/caption]
12. Jerry Pinkney has had a rich career spanning decade with award-winning picture books.Photo: Jerry Pinkney / Via jerrypinkneystudio.com
13. Shadra Strickland shines as a contemporary picture book illustrator and educator.Photo: Shadra Strickland / Via jumpin.shadrastrickland.com
14. Kat Blaque is well known for her fantastic YouTube channel, but is also an absolutely stunning illustrator.Photo: Kat Blaque / Via society6.com
15. Paul Davey, also known as Mattahan, is a masterful illustrator.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="699"] Photo: Paul Davey (Mattahan) / Via mattahan.com[/caption]
16. Paulo D. Campos explores Brazilian folklore with his own unique visual language.Photo: Paulo D Campos / Via pdcampos.com
17. Tiffany Ford, a cartoonist, comic maker and illustrator, creates gorgeous images while working on some of your favorite cartoons.Photo: Tiffany Ford / Via toffany.tumblr.com
18. Saina Six combines art nouveau with gorgeous African patterning for magical results.Photo: SainaSix / Via sainasix.com
19. Chris Kindred creates work that hits you with reality while still being fantastical and imaginative.Photo: Chris Kindred / Via chriskind.red
20. Nneka Myers creates character designs and visual development that’s full of so much life and energy.Photo: Nneka Myers / Via nnekamyers.com
21. Charles Chaisson is a master of portraiture and storytelling, check out his stunning take on FKA twigs.Photo: Charles Chaisson / Via richardsolomon.com
Follow Charles on Instagram.
22. Jay Bendt creates stunning illustrations with a beautiful range of emotions while also co-creating a webcomic called Nightshade.Photo: Jay Bendt / Via jaybendt.com
23. Chioma Ebinama of Chioma Studio creates work crafted around myth, magic, femininity and cross-cultural diasporic feels.Photo: Chioma Ebinama / Via chiomastudio.com
Follow Chioma on Tumblr.
24. Kadir Nelson is a master of telling stories with his paintings. You have probably seen his work on some of your favorite musical albums or book covers.Photo: Kadir Nelson / Via kadirnelson.com
Keep in touch with Kadir on Facebook.
25. Lady Garland is a freelance animator and comic artist. Check out her take on Alice In Wonderland and her webcomic The Wind Children.Photo: Chrystin Garland aka Lady Garland / Via ladygarland.com
26. Ronald Wimberly is a designer, storyteller and artist with an incredibly rich body of work.Photo: Ronald Wimberly / Via ronaldwimberly.com
27. Richie Pope creates masterful illustrations full of life, texture and thought-provoking symbology.Photo: Richie Pope / Via richiepope.com
28. Shannon Wright balances thought-provoking editorial illustrations with her love for comics, character design and the fantastic.Photo: Shannon Wright / Via shannondrewthis.tumblr.com
29. Kehinde Wiley is a master of portrait painting who reimagines, transforms and recontextualizes the identity of black peoplePhoto: Kehinde Wiley / Via kehindewiley.com
30. Leland Goodman is an illustrator, animator and designer of characters and environments. She does it all. Check out her promotional illustration for her rockin’ comic, Basement Dwellers, coming out in April.Photo: Leland Goodman / Via lelandgoodman.com
And that’s concludes my list of 30 artists!
There is so much beauty and such a spectrum of illustrators, painters and artists of the African Diaspora. I couldn’t possibly fit them all in one post. Be on the lookout for more updates on the Twitter thread, Facebook album, or Tumblr tag.