Work of Dope Art: Digital Artist Alexis Eke
November 19, 2017
Name: Alexis Eke
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Occupation: Digital Artist, Graphic Designer
Fun Fact: “Aside from art, I was really interested in toxicology and almost went to school for it instead of design.”
We chatted up with the talented Alexis Eke, a 19-year-old digital artist, (Yes….19 years old) to share her background story and showcase some of her Afrocentric aesthetic in today’s pop culture. We hope to see her masterpieces continue to flourish and expand into running her own business.
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MN: Jasmin and I think it’s great that you channel your artwork to POC in various hues, shapes, and sizes. What is the inspiration behind your art?
AE: Thank you! The inspiration behind my art is the lack of contemporary black art I’ve seen in my life. I want to create illustrations that black people can relate to aside from the typical Afrocentric art.
MN: Which art you created is your favorite?
AE: So far, my favorite piece is my “sunset to winter” illustration.
MN: Do you have any other artists that you admire?
AE: @Pollynor and @bape.ril3 were the two main artists that inspired me to start finding an art style. I love how they illustrate women in the art in a modern teenage world. I’ve been in love with their work for years.
“A major concern I have about the art industry is specifically the lack of black women represented in the art industry in Toronto. While in high school, I was never taught about black artists in Canada which I think is a problem.”
MN: What is the most fun part of drawing a new illustration?
AE: I think it would be adding the face details and experimenting with the background.
MN: What is the most dope thing you heard about your artwork?
AE: Honestly, every message I get about my work is inspiring to me. The most inspiring thing someone has said to me probably was saying that I was destined for greatness.
MN: What are some challenges you face as an artist? What concerns you the most about the art industry?
AE: Challenges I face as an artist is being consistent with my work. I’m always going through periods of art blocks or just simply being too busy, but I still manage to make time to create something if that means staying up all night. A major concern I have about the art industry is specifically the lack of black women represented in the art industry in Toronto. While in high school, I was never taught about black artists in Canada which I think is a problem.
MN: What is one inspiring quote you live by?
AE: I don’t really have one, but I quote I do like this one by Albert Einstein; “Imagination is more important than knowledge.“
MN: What are your long-term goals?
AE: My long-term goals are to make my art into a brand and turning that into my own company.
MN: Do you have any other hobbies outside of drawing?
AE: I actually really enjoy doing hair, like doing braid ups, box braids etc.
MN: If you can describe your artwork in 3 words, what would it be?
AE: Warm, expressive, & melanated.