By utilizing colors and escapism to get away from the exhaustion of day to day grind and toxic work environments, I try to focus on creating escapism and carving out a space in the world through colors and comics that focus on voices that are often silenced – to give a second of being able to pause and just exist – that’s what I try to do with my art, as chaotic and colorful as it may be, to give a minute to rest from the turbulent rollercoaster that is life / the current political dumpster fire that is the world right now.
I’m a former art student who likes to experiment with character design and likes to do fanart. I’ve been drawing digitally for about 4 years and hope to find a career in the art community. In addition to my original content and fanart, I also sell digital commissions.
I’m James Berri– Genderfluid (he/him), Asexual, and Pan!
Most of my works focus on varying styles. This can range from simplistic and cartoony on default– to adapting to most any style I’m attempting to blend with at the time to suit the mood. I like to focus on comics (both world building and story-telling), character design, and illustration as a whole! Most of my more recent works involve fanart but, I like to show heavily in the original field as well!! I have several projects on the back-burner and each fueled with a fiery passion to show them to the world.
With each of my characters and interpretations, I like to put a piece of myself in them to show how much one can change over the course of several years regarding one’s self.
I struggled a lot with my identity, who I am, and how I would doubt myself if any of these things were questioned or if I felt different about things later on. I didn’t have the chance to see people going through similar situations and doubts until much later in my life so, showing myself through my characters is used as an outlet and as a way to show others that you can explore yourself– it’s okay to have changes happen regarding this type of thing. Along with this, I try my best to showcase all sorts in my works– be they from LGBT and delving further into the QIA and +.
A lot of my personal art-focused interests involve the concept of dreams, dimensional travel, and most things that tend to tie to escapism. Love is also something I tend to show in my works and person in general, whether it be platonic or romantic. Having emotional bonds and exploring healthy dynamics is something I really love to draw. I feel it gives both me as the artist and the consumer a good boost of positivity that helps with the sad times!
Having someone or something to relate to and support you goes a long way– My main goal is to send off positive vibes and messages through most of my works, designs, and stories to people of all ages and identities! Which I think everyone, especially the LGBT community, needs with all the tragic representation we have in media.
I’m a graphic designer, illustrator AND comic book colorist. My personal works can be quite eclectic. Heavily inspired by anime of the 90s-2000s, gothic works, and full of textured linework and bright vibrant colors.
Pronouns: They/them and He/him
Janell Ja’rae Thiessen, also known as Phoninskis/Phoney online, is a non-binary artist. They focus on Visual Development, Character Design, and Illustration; but they’re also heavily interested in Graphic Design, Story-Boarding, Animation, and Story-telling. You can view their work on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram!
They’re also interested in developing fictional worlds and oddball characters, looking for ways to integrate life-experiences and hardships that make characters realistic, relatable, diverse, and three-dimensional. They have a soft-spot for turning character tropes inside out, old-school video games, the ‘70s/’80s, monsters, and funky music.
PeachyMars is a graphic artist. You can find their work on their portfolio page here. They describe themselves as a non-binary full-time illustrator of Puerto Rican descent, and they are looking to connect with other trans artists. To contact them, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To describe my work, I feel that my art style is a combination of both western cartoons and anime. I enjoy drawing monsters and fictional creatures, including those that are anthropomorphic/furry. My characters and art are body positive and LGBT friendly, and a number of my characters are trans, LGB, or a combination. I focus on making my stories wholesome and happy, as I feel that many LGBT characters in media don’t get enough happy endings or positive representation. I want to change that for the better and show the world that LGBT folks are just like everyone else, with our own stories and experiences, all deserving of love and appreciation. This also applies in my body positivity.
My art is very important to me and I put my heart and soul into what I do. My main character is nonbinary and often changes their presentation, reflecting my own experience with being nonbinary and genderfluid. I enjoy portraying monsters & aliens most often in my work because I feel like they exist outside the human experience and limitations that society often expects of us, such as gender roles and the gender binary. It is an extremely fun dynamic and set of ideas to explore for me, and has also helped me cope with my identity and love it.
Olive Rae Brinker is a comic artist and the creator of Rae the Doe, an ongoing series of comics about a transgender deer and her daily adventures with her skunk girlfriend Mimi, among other friends!
Rae the Doe is a slice of life style comic with a heavy focus on the transgender experience, mental health, and puns. Rae the Doe uses a simplistic style to convey its message, focusing heavily on dialogue. The tone of the comic is overwhelmingly positive.
On April 4th, Ms. Brinker published her first comic anthology, Rae the Doe Gets Booked, which is available for purchase here.