Ty’Shia Adams

Whether it’s a pencil, brush, or even a digital drawing tablet, 22-year-old Ty’Shia Adams out of Kansas City, Kansas can produce spectacular creations. Her artistic roots run deep within her family, and Ty’Shia recalls starting her artistic career much like other kids; doodling all over walls with markers, pens, and crayons. From this point, Ty’Shia would begin making her own comics and characters, being seen with a sketch pad wherever she’d go. She always made sure to have her fingers in motion, even doing impromptu drawings for her friends. Starting as a pencil and pen artist, she’s been able to cultivate her skills and expand to painting, sculptures, and as of 2016, she’s been working on perfecting her art digitally. Adams has certainly overcome some sizable hardships from the beginning of her art career. Being born blind in her left eye, she’s always feared losing her sight. Even more than that, she’s feared possibly losing her artistic ability due to her deteriorating vision. Persistent, however, Ty’Shia finds positives within her disability. One she recognized pretty quickly was that she has a heightened attention to detail; being able to see little details others wouldn’t catch from afar. Influential artists such as Ernie Barnes, Kadir Nelson, Frida Kahlo, and animator Ralph Bakshi have inspired Adams to draw from her life experiences while adding a surrealistic twist to her works. Besides these artists mentioned, Adams can find inspiration and influence from anyone she comes in contact with. She’s certainly been inspired by her support system of family and close friends; even random strangers have shown their support for her artwork because it’s just that good! Currently, Ty’Shia Adams is working on a number of collaborative projects, one being a lead designer for her sister’s California based clothing line. She’s also been able to complete album cover art for artists in Texas. Ty’Shia states that as long as she has her passion, she’ll be able to go as far as she pleases and we couldn’t agree more. “Being an artist is probably the most frustrating job ever. We seek perfection in an imperfect world as imperfect people.” We certainly see perfection in her artwork even if she doesn’t, Ty’Shia Adams is a generational talent. Always move #CloserToYourDreams

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Alexander Garvin

A lot of artists can use several styles and techniques to create quality content, but very few are gifted with the touch to breathe life into their creations; Alexander Garvin is amongst those few. The 25-year-old out of Kansas City, Kansas specializes in 2D, 3D, and traditional art. Garvin states that growing up he always had an interest in art with an emphasis on pencil drawings. Early inspirations, such as DragonBall Z propelled this interest with Garvin constantly drawing characters like Goten until he got it perfect to his standards. Trial and error pushed his determination and it was at this time he’d proclaim to his mother that Art is what he plans to do for the rest of his life; at the time he was seven. In 5th grade his skills would only improve, Alexander winning many drawing contests plus being told by teachers he has a talent that is unmatched by any of his classmates. It was also around this time he’d start drawing from his imagination just as much as he did from other influences. DragonBall Z was his first love when it came to references for drawing, but soon he’d venture out to Naruto, Marvel, and DC comics. In high school, he would drop the use of references and draw completely from his imagination and experiences. After taking a break to focus on basketball, he gave up the sport for the chance to attend an all Art school where he met an amazing 3D artist named Rafael Grasseti, the Lead Character Artist at Santa Monica Studios for God of War. The most current influential 2D artist he’s come across is Atey Ghailan. When it comes to the process of designing, Alexander begins with research. For 2D digital art, he’ll create a sketch on a pad before taking a picture then uploading it to Photoshop. From this point he’ll see what color scheme works best for the scene; he’ll refer back to knowledge on color theory. Once he determines the best possible color scheme, he’ll move on to complete the piece. With 3D art, he’ll have to reference anatomy to digitally sculpt and model the characters after concepts of his choosing. From there he’ll make the models “game ready” meaning simplifying the geometry within its makeup by texturing them. He experiences hardship with almost every piece when it comes to execution. In the early stages, he has to convince himself that his initial concept will work out before being fully fleshed out. For 2D, the colors have to work the way he wants; the ideas have to work together and the message he hopes to convey through his art has to be clear. When it comes to 3D, he states that he “simply needs to master the craft to the point it becomes second nature.” Having played basketball for a couple of years in college, he always references that time when dealing with adversity. Using everything he’s learned from that experience to push through. He believes we all have the necessary tools, it’s just a matter of using them to sharpen our skills to the best of our abilities. His biggest goal for the future is to start his own entertainment company with a stature comparable to that of Sony or Marvel. He’s already reached his goal of being in the professional art industry and is now looking to specialize in 3D character animation which happens to be the hardest career path. “You have to do what you can’t so you can do what you couldn’t — that’s the essence of growth.” Growing with every stroke of his pencil, Alexander Garvin is heading towards the top of the design world. Always move #CloserToYourDreams

Email: Alexander.garvin@rmcad.edu

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Erika Upton

Trendy, bold, couturier, fashionista; no matter how you describe her, 20-year-old Erika Upton out of Kansas City, Kansas has a passion for fashion. Not many people can put an outfit together quite as well as she can, and it’s even rarer to see them pull it off as she does. Upton can couple together pieces with a certain precision due to her keen eye for fashion. Her outfits not only reflect her vibrant, likable personality but Upton’s surrounding atmosphere as well; coordinated perfectly based on location, time, and mood. For now, staying focused, happy, and bright are her goals. In time Erika will be moving to Chicago and getting closer to her dreams. Following this, she’ll be attending Columbia in pursuit of a degree in Fashion Merchandise & Design. She’s constantly working on starting and building her Modeling career whilst keeping a foot in the Fashion door. She thanks God for everything she’s been able to accomplish, hoping to spread that same love God’s given to her. As far as her community is concerned, she’s working towards better education, equal opportunity, and the connecting of her peers. Erika Upton wants everyone to prosper beginning with her; believing she can make it numerous ways in the Fashion industry and from her influence incite bonding and good nature within her community. “Style is a way to say who you are, without having to speak.” Both a fashion and role model. Always move #CloserToYourDreams

Email: erikaupton12@gmail.com

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Wava Dixon

Gifts, like flowers, require nourishment so that they may grow to the fullest of their potential. 23-year-old Graphic designer and Artist Wava Dixon out of Kansas City, Kansas certainly provided the required sustenance and consistency necessary to grow her talents; and because of so, they’ve been able to blossom beautifully. Along with increasing artistic ability, Dixon has been able to develop a creative eye which she prides herself on. Wava Dixon has been drawing/sketching all her life, her excitement for it growing during Middle School with her discovery of Anime. She credits a lot of things when it comes to finding inspiration, Anime is a big one; Wava finds excitement in drawing exaggerated faces and action poses. The creation of breathtaking floral designs provides a sense of peace for the artist hard at work. Dixon draws the most influence from strong, good-spirited people because they push Dixon to find her strengths and become the best possible version of herself she can be! In the past, she noticed that it was hard to come up with ideas that someone hasn’t already come up with. She quickly got over this way of thinking, saying that many artists are often influenced by someone who came before them. Wava began to draw whatever popped into her head without thinking twice, there’s nothing wrong with being inspired by something inspiring. Despite her being shy, Wava hopes to establish new friendships that will help lift her and vice versa. She continues to work on herself and her joy, often gaining support from her family and close friends because they allow Wava to practice using them as muses. Wava Dixon also wishes to be happy with all her past and future accomplishments; some of her latest being leaning procreate and Adobe. She enjoys watching people light up after she hands them a finished design; and it is one of the reasons she puts so much pride and quality into her content. Dixon wants to get her work trademarked soon, and with the talent she has, it’s understandable why! She’s launched an art and business website, both links will be provided below so please check out her astounding collection of designs! Always move #CloserToYourDreams

Email: atoowldesign@gmail.com

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Braxton Parker 

Art is another way of saying what cannot be said. Braxton “Bpark” Parker is saying quite a bit when he creates his portraits. The 24 year old artist out of Kansas City, Kansas uses the things and people that inspire him most as muses. It’s almost as if the brush is an extension of him. Delicate strokes paired with vibrant colors result in breathtaking paintings that bewitch viewers. He’s not only cold on canvas however, he can take his work digital and excel in that area as well. Proficient in photoshop, he does commissions that would leave any customer or Art connoisseur satisfied. Parker aspires to inspire his fellow youth while promoting the idea of “Black Excellence” through his artwork and success. Another goal of his is to promote black creatives and demote the negativity against them, his lesson being that you don’t have to be a product of the community you’re raised in. He sees Black Art as very important and this is a statement we all agree to as well. Bpark believes that if you have a passion for something, it’ll be enough to fuel your hustle so that one day you can prosper. Braxton plans to build his foundation through creating art for his clients, eventually moving up to produce logos for major sport corporations. “With patience and positivity you will always find an alternative route past a challenging obstacle.” He’s certainly paving a way for himself and many others. Always move #CloserToYourDreams

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Montanaa Jay

Think of the word unique then take a look at Montanaa; she’s the embodiment of the word. Montanaa Jay is a 22 year old musical powerhouse out of Kansas City, Kansas. She doesn’t like being labeled as a rapper or singer, labeling herself as a “Music Maker.” Recently, she’s taken a liking to practicing visual arts as well, something she’s been doing for a couple months. Music is different, she’s been continuously working on music since she was 18. Montanaa states that she didn’t get serious about her craft until others began doubting her abilities, which at the time she had nothing to prove them wrong. She changed this quickly, using their underestimations as a driving force to show up and show out. She draws influence from musical artists such as Mama Badu, Doja Cat, and Jill Scott; the same ideas of self love they represent are present within her music. Through use of silky smooth vocals, she weaves together relatable lyrics over Neo-Soul beats that result in a song producing vibes comparable to those of artists such as SZA or NAO. We mention those two only to put her skills into perspective however; Jays music is too extraordinary to make a serious comparison to anyone but herself. To put it simply, the girl is a vibe! With her talent, she plans to create music catering to your aesthetics. We hear this while listening to all of Montanaa tracks, but, we do intend to name a few. Listening to songs such as “dnd,” “n o m o r e,” “wait,” and “distracted” made it feel as though we were floating, resting on clouds formed by Jays outstanding sound paired with engaging lyrics. Topics can be anything such as emotion, intimacy, or simply boredom. Different topics reach different people, which is why Montanaa encourages everyone listen to her music. “Anyone can listen, send it to ya’ granny.” In her words, her dream is to “spread words of knowledge and nonsense like jelly,” the world being her bread. Her message to everyone is that it’s okay to be yourself, it’s okay to do what you want. If someone labels you emotional, it’s okay; if someone thinks you’re nasty, it’s okay. What matters most is that you’re true to yourself by being yourself. She continues to work with other prominent artist in her community, saying that she doesn’t know where she’ll land, but that success is definitely headed her way. The quote she leaves us with is “D.O.T.S.” — Kenny Beats. Give Montanaa Jay a listen, you won’t be disappointed. Always move #CloserToYourDreams

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Chris Childs

Need some artwork done for you? Perhaps a little touch up on an old pair of shoes? 24 year old Chris Childs out of Kansas City, Kansas is the guy for you. He’s self taught in a variety of art forms, which is very noticeable in his work. Whenever he’s not out in the world vlogging, he’s at home “flexing and finessing” on a pair of shoes or some artwork. Painting and shoe customization isn’t all he’s able to do however; as of late he’s been working on the creation of an anime/manga and is beginning to take on fashion design as well. Other than his deeply rooted love for Dior, visiting Yves Saint Laurents house in Paris was what helped influence Childs’s decision despite him already having a knack for fashion. He is a man who finds interests in nearly everything, learning and using that knowledge to better himself. He’s done this by examining the day to day of other artists and applying bits and pieces to his own life. “Perspective is important,” he says. Through conversing with his influences, such as Charlamagne and Gary V, he’s been able to gain a better understanding of his “bigger picture” and what all it consists of. Chris is big on community involvement and intends on giving back to every community he’s ever identified as “home.” By being featured in showcases such as “RAW,” Childs has set his name in the stones of the community. He has had the opportunity to do shoes for Anderson Paak, Charlamagne, Riley Curry, and etc. Something tells us that the list will only continue to grow! Chris Childs intends to paint the picture how he sees fit, cause only he can. “Quality over Quantity, not just in art but in life,” a statement we couldn’t agree with more. To do business with him, follow his socials and DM him! Always move #CloserToYourDreams

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