WOMEN OF ILLUSTRATION
An enthusiast of all things whimsical and silly, Tracie has been drawing cute, fuzzy animals since before she can remember. As a freelance illustrator from the Bay Area who specializes in children's books, she uses her art as an outlet for all the zany ideas that bounce around in her head all day, bringing them to life on her canvas.
Her background of teaching and caring for kids comes in to play in the colorful personalities of her characters, both human and animal alike. She finds herself most inspired by the many children and animals in her life, along with her adventures while living in big cities and traveling the world.
She is a graduate of the Academy of Art MFA program, and currently works as an Illustrator at a small children's book publishing studio in Concord, CA, in addition to her job at The Walt Disney Family Museum.
Tori Hunter is a digital painter born and raised in Oakland, California. When asked about her creative style, her response is usually “I’un even know,” bearing the Instagram handle, @iuneveno_art. Though Hunter cannot put a specific name to her style, it is likened to “black manga.” When describing her portfolio of works, Hunter says her recreations take “nostalgic or iconic characters from comics or twelve vision and make them Black.” Going beyond the normative perception of Black, Hunter says, “I try to bring all shades into my artwork, as well as skin conditions...such as #albinism and #vitiligo. That way every Black person can see themselves in my artwork and not feel shut out. Every person can be a superhero.”
Sandhya is professionally a digital artist who enjoys traditional art media in her private time.
Unlike her peers, Sandhya found ample familial support to pursue her passion. She found great advice and mentorship in the world of art, researched, took risks, and through some trial and error chalked out a nook for her in the competitive space of graphic art.