PROCESS | Toyota

I was asked by Toyota to create a series of illustrations that embraces the brands "Let's Go Places" spirit, while celebrating black identity. The outcome was a collection vibrant illustrations that reflect the black millennial woman, living her best life and remaining true to herself. 

This project was a really big deal for me. Having the chance to collaborate with such an established brand was such a blessing. Getting total creative control to create whatever I saw fit made this project even more enjoyable. 

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PROCESS | R29 Unbothered

I was commissioned by Refinery 29 to create Illustrations for their Instagram account @R29Ubothered. The platform was created and made for black millennial women, celebrating the beauty, strength, and power within the community. I was asked to illustrate Toni Morrison, Nina Simone + Marian Anderson to celebrate their legacy and birthdays during the month of February. I accompanied each illustration with phrases that directly relate to the work of each women. 

This project was really exciting for me since Refinery 29 has always been one of my dream clients. I greatly admire the work of the R29 Design team, so It was mind blowing that they reached out to me and asked me to be apart of this project.

Looking forward to sharing more upcoming projects with you all! xx

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Purp Alert | February 2018

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01 Darius X Moreno - I’ve been wondering who the artist was behind GoldLink's cover art for the longest, and I finally came across his work. dive in to his very intriguing detailed portraits here. 

02 Moschino - Watching Moschino’s F/W 18 show was like seeing my illustrations come to life. Can rainbow bodies please become a thing?!  

03 Maxhosa - A modern twist on traditional African textiles, using contrasting patterns & colors in the most interesting finishes. I need a piece in my wardrobe ASAP!

04 Rinny Riot - Think old 70s posters highlighting black women, but illustrating the thoughts of the modern millennial. This Instagram page is pure genius

05 Dion Lee - This is the probably most wearable runway show I’ve viewed in a while. I could easily see myself strutting down the street in pretty much every look. Definitely wardrobe goals. 
 

PROCESS | January 2018 Art

So here's everthing I made this January! I had fun experimenting and expanding the world of my "Women Of Color" series, along with playing around with type + body forms. It was interesting to see the responses each piece got. Some worked and some didn't, but most importantly I stayed consistent and kept putting my work out there. Let see what February brings!

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Purp Alert | January 2018

Welcome to the Purp Alert. A monthly edit of fascinating finds I discover on the internet. I'll be highlighting creatives in all fields that inspire and challenge me to get better at my craft.

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01 CHRISTINE HAHN - This photographer is more like a magician. Her images are filled with fantasy and theatrics, and I'm always excited to see what she'll produce next.

02 DAVE TOWERS - A master typographer who flawlessly creates masterpieces with thick marker strokes. Once you watch one of his process videos, you'll get hooked.

03 STUDIO PROBA - She's an Art Director for Nike and creates the coolest conceptual rugs ever. I've fallen in love with her aesthetic and ability to design in a variety of different mediums. 

04 MONICA RAMOS - I admire this Filipino illustrators use of texture and the curvy elongated bodies She's able to walk the line between playful an refined which is something that really interests me.

05 PIMP MY MAG - I've been following Paola on Instagram for a while now, so seeing her growth has been amazing. I love how she's able to transform images and give them a totally different feeling. She's definitely one to watch.

06 MONOGRAM - I've been collecting vintage t-shirts since I was a teen, so I instantly fell in love with Monogram when I discovered them. They create vintage inspired t-shirt that have beautiful & thoughtful designs that that make graphic designer like me swoon.

 

Stick to the Plan

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2018 has already started with a bang! I’ve began working on so many exciting projects this month, that I can’t even begin to imagine what the rest of the year will bring.

I believe the sudden surge in freelance clients has a lot to do with my new and improved mindset. This year I made the conscious decision to make my art a priority, and really work on personal development.

This means being more consistent in creating and sharing my work. Rather it be an illustration, painting, or digital work, my goal Is to expand the “JPB” world with each piece I make. It’s also very important for me to take personal time to do things that make me happy + protect my mental health.

Right now everyone is filled with hopes and dreams that slowly fizzle out mid February, but this year I’m going to make things happen for myself. I’m no longer wishing, I’m just doing.
 

DREAM IN HD ~ Rebrand

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DREAM IN HD is an online platform that shares the stories of doers who dare to see their dreams in high definition, even when their paths look unclear. I gave the website a full rebrand including logo design, supporting patterns, templates & fun quotes for social. 

This project was really fun to work on no only because the founder & Editor in Chief, Maricia was so great to work with, but because I was able to be apart of a mission I truly believe in. 

Check out the full rebrand below! And don't forget to visit DREAM IN HD's Instagram + Website.


LOGO DESIGN | Minimalism meets fashion. A straight forward sans serif with a playful interpretation of shades.

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COLOR PALETTE | Bold meets feminine — with daring pops of color.

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SUPPORTING PATTERNS | All about taking steps, fitting the peices together & pushing foward.

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INSTAGRAM ART DIRECTION |  Quote & feature templates + electric phrases to highlight the spirit of the brand.

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Putting in the Work

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Over the past few months I've been on a quest to figure out my illustration style, and I've finally landed in place that feels right to me. I love using monochromatic color palettes to create colorful human forms with big swoopy hair with expressions of strength and self-awareness. The women I draw are a reflection of who I hope to be: bold, resilient & Unfuckwittable.

I'm excited to add onto the world of these characters and continue to put in the work to refine my illustration style even further.