feature: the vivid illustrations of boston portrait artist velicia waymer

July 6, 2015

Explore the mesmerising work of artist Velicia Waymer. Waymer, Hailing from Boston (Massachusetts), is known for her vivid fashion illustrations and celebrity portraiture. In an interview with Urban Bush Babes, the artist – who attended Pratt Institute in New York and New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University in Boston – states: “I grew up around all types of creatives; artists, musicians and actors. It wasn’t strange to walk past our house in the summertime and through the wide opened windows hear a piano recital or a tuba playing. These people were joyful when they were playing, dancing or singing. You can’t help but want more of that. When I was 15 I hurt my knee in dance class and had a chance to explore other avenues in the arts. Eventually I ended up drawing and decided that I wanted to explore fashion design.” In regards to the creative process, she added: “A piece can take me hours or days. I may finish it in one evening if things are “flowing” or I may scrap it if it seems to labored or overdone. I love it when my pieces are quickly done but I also like the meditative quality of something that takes longer.” Check out her creations below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor