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Vertex Week: the Painted in Colour team discuss diversity in sci-fi and fantasy art

The Painted in Colour team discuss diversity in sci-fi and fantasy art

In this Vertex Week 2022 exclusive episode of the Painted in Color podcast, the team discusses diversity in sci-fi and fantasy art. The panel of artists – Mia Araujo, Lauren Brown, Esther Wu and Eric Wilkerson – debate where the industry is now and how they are working to increase underrepresentation in the illustration, games, and animation sectors.

Painted in Color (opens in new tab) first aired on YouTube in 2020 and its team has since fostered an inclusive community of artists dedicated to amplifying the voices of underrepresented artists. The team covers everything from discovering your style to time management and achieving a healthy work-life balance.

You'll also enjoy Erik Ly's tutorial where he reveals how to perfect your digital illustration in Photoshop

Did you enjoy the Painted in Color team's discussion? Then take a look at Ekundayo's amazing Vertex Week graffiti portrait painting walkthrough, in which he heads into the Hawaiian jungle to create a unique piece of pop art. You'll also enjoy Erik Ly's tutorial where he reveals how to perfect your digital illustration in Photoshop.

Our Vertex Week contributors are using the latest digital and traditional art tools to create their fantastic works of art. Take a look at our guide to the best drawing tablets if you want to emulate their art. Or, if like Ekundayo, you're a trad painter, take a look at our guide to the best art easels.

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Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & Design at Creative Bloq. Ian is the former editor of many leading magazines, including digital art focused ImagineFX and 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. Ian launched the magazine X360 in 2005 and has relaunched many others. In his early career Ian wrote for music and film magazines, including Uncut, SFX, and assisted on The Idler. With over 25 years' experience in both print and online journalism, Ian has worked on many leading video game and digital art brands. With a passion for video games and art, Ian combines his loves to bring the latest news on NFTs, video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq. In his spare time he doodles in Corel Painter, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.