Xochitl Nuno. AP Art and Design
The works I have been producing as of late have been centered around Indigenous and Chicano culture, which I never felt all that connected to. I have felt void of culture throughout my childhood due to my interests being deemed “too white”. With each piece I create, I am documenting the process of me further culturing myself. I hope to come back and recreate these pieces years into my future once I’ve done more extensive research and had more conversations with people sharing my same roots. I am depicting a culture that I myself am not all that immersed in, that my family is pretty removed from; therefore my work is bound to have some holes in it. I hope to patch these holes up as I grow more comfortable in my Identity as a Chicana. (Images 1 to 3)
Quyen Pham. AP Art and Design
My art usually depicts ideas of self worth and self imagery. Ideas of low self esteem or societal expectations of women are themes throughout my art. By using bodily horror, I depict these ideas through disturbing pieces of art. Hope you enjoy the vomit of art I make.
Envika Salnikova. AP Art and Design
I am an artist who comes from an artistic family and culture. Music and the performance arts were always around me. Religion also plays a big role in my life. In these art pieces, spirituality is captured; which may not be seen from the first look, but it’s there: in the colors, in the atmosphere, in the subjects and character of the piece. One theme all of these pieces have is a sense of peace, calm and relief, something good and dear to the heart. There is a bit of a story in each piece, but also each viewer can receive the message any way they want.
Rivalry is very interesting to me. Specifically, the idea of the game of cat and mouse. When people think of rivalry, they often think of that sort of “love-hate” relationship. They like the tension, the drama. It’s compelling, sure. But that’s not what draws me to it. What draws me to the concept is the sense of a strained connection – these characters give significant meaning to each other’s lives. And really, they are not opposites. They’re two sides of the same coin. But for whatever reason, be it circumstances or otherwise, they must play the part of the enemy for one another. Their game of cat and mouse may seem pointless – and it is, really. The “cat” does not want to catch the mouse. The cat simply chases for the thrill of the chase. And the “mouse” does not want to be caught. But at the same time, it seeks the thrill of the chase as well. They share a common goal, though they may not know it consciously. And so, they chase. And in the end, they bear no hatred for each other. They may get frustrated sometimes, but in a strange way, their bond is unbreakable.
What I also love about the trope is its versatility. It is neither romantic or platonic, and can exist in an infinite number of forms, between friends, between lovers, between family. It is a tough soil through which the strongest relationships can grow. And that is what I decided to explore in my pieces. I wanted to explore both the whimsy, the silliness of it all, and the more dramatic elements as well. The more you think about it, the funnier it gets. The more you think about it, the sadder it gets. It becomes comedic and tragic, beautiful and ugly, both at the same time. (Images 1 through 7)
My sustained investigation works explore my experiences as a neurodivergent female. Neurodivergent traits, and how they present themselves in people who are assigned female at birth, is a topic that interests me. Neurodivergent AFAB people are widely overlooked because of how single vision western medicine is. (Images 1 – 3)
My main medium is acrylic paint, but one work included was done with alcohol based markers. I love incorporating bright colors into my works, and I strive for a painterly style. Some selected works included were made as gifts for friends and family. (Images 4 – 7)
I make art because I’ve always found it fun. All my friends, family and other great and talented artists around the world make whatever they like, expressing their thoughts and feelings through art. These artists have always inspired me. I’ve always been into comic art and the cartoon style but have also loved the cartoon style mixed with a sort of realism that in my opinion brings the art more to life. Art has been a part of my life for as long as I could remember, whether that be drawing, sewing, pottery, or any other form of art.
My advice for aspiring artists is to just draw. Make whatever comes to your head. Get all your ideas out there. If you mess up or it doesn’t come out the way you wanted it to, don’t erase or destroy it, use it as guidance and motivation to improve and get better. Study it to see where your mistakes are, so you can better improve on those areas to get to the place in art where you want to be!
Be slow and calm when drawing. It helps you be more accurate, and it’s easier to catch mistakes early.
I draw a lot of fan art because the media I consume is very inspiring to me. With the exception of Deliah (who is my own character as the child of two characters I think would be a good couple), all the characters here are from My Hero Academia. Although, they are my own interpretations of the designs. Interpreting them as dragons was particularly fun, as I’ve recently started drawing dragons more often again.
The comic also has another inspiration: I drew the characters in a scene from the movie Quest for Camelot.
Francisco Garcia Tecuapacho
I make art because the world would be so boring without it. Art gives us a visionary way of expression that we as humans have been perfecting since the beginning of time. Whether it’s cave paintings or pumpkins with polka dots, art is an extension of who we are. Anyone has the ability to draw, so I think about what I can add to the world. Art allows me to start a conversation about the past, the present and the future. Ultimately, art gives me hope.