feature: check out artist lakendra huckaby’s dope illustrations and sketches of badass black femmes

February 8, 2016

A little afro-futurism, a little anime, lots of black girl magic. Currently based in Durham, NC LaKendra Huckaby, a graphic/web designer and illustration artist harnesses her life experiences and emotion to gain inspiration for the work that she creates. Many of her drawings are of femme characters and re-imagined portraits of other female artists and performers she admires, like Zendaya as Kida from Atlantis and Medusa-esque portrait of Lion Babe’s Jillian Hervey. Check out some of my favorites and follow LaKendra on Instagram to see even more!.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Zendaya as Kida from Atlantis – WIP

Zendaya as Kida from Atlantis – completed

IG caption: “Don’t tell her she’s pretty for a dark girl. Dark skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious masterpiece created by God himself.”

Lion Babe’s Jillian Hervey

IG caption: “Dedicated to all those people who told me I wasn’t allowed to like anime because I was a female and I was black.”

*Erin White is AFROPUNK’s editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at