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The Incredibly Talented Black Creative We're Celebrating this Month is:

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Brittany Lewis

Tell us about you?

I am a Memphis based, multi-hyphenate creative, owner of BLewisArts, a studio where I create works that bridge the gap in positive representation of the diaspora. I specialize in both Graphic Design and Illustration and I work primarily with publishers and indie authors to help them tell authentic stories through the diverse perspectives. I love art in all its forms and I enjoy advocating for the freedom to express oneself through art.

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What are some of your favorite tools or applications you use, or can do without?

I love the Affinity Suite: Designer, Photo and Publisher for all my graphic design needs. For digital illustration, Clip Studio Paint is a gem and was an easy transition from painting in Photoshop. It's super robust and works beautifully. I create on a Huion pen display which gives me that pen to paper feel that I love and appreciate.

What type of of work do you most enjoy?

As someone who does both Graphic Design and Illustration, anytime I can combine the two disciplines is a good time. For me this usually manifests itself as working on illustrating & designing book covers and interior layouts, but also the occasional poster design and t-shirt design. I love combining illustration and design.

Which project left the biggest impact on you as a designer/creative?

My project the "Cosmic Gateways Tarot" has by far had the biggest impact on my journey as a creative. It has forced me to be open and vulnerable in my art and it's allowed me to create the art that I want to see. I have learned so much about myself which has helped me address my own shortcomings and insecurities not just with my art but in life in general and I think it resonates with people who feel the same. It's definitely my dream project and I'm grateful to be able to work on it.

What advice do you have for younger or less experienced AA/BLK designers?

First thing: Be yourself in your work. Don't focus on the things you think will appeal to the masses but create from your own authentic perspective and if you don't know what that is yet, then think about what you want to see and create that. There's an audience for literally everything so be true to you. Secondly, study business. Whether you're going into business for yourself or working for a company, it's super important to understand the business of design. Learn about contracts, licensing, pay, this will go so far in the long run.

What would you say is the best way to take advantage of the AAGD Network?

The biggest advantage of the AAGD is the ability to network with other creatives who have the unique understanding of what it is to be black in creative and business spaces. It's like nothing I've ever been a part of and it's truly like meeting up with your cousins.

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in what you do?

Study to master your craft and find your unique voice. Figure out your 'WHY' so that when motivation fails, when you don't get the recognition you deserve, or when things don't move as fast as you'd like, you're grounded in why you choose to create which helps us keep going.

If you had a special message written on your wrist, what would it be?

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Brittany Lewis,
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