To celebrate Women's History Month, here are some of the fem-powering female creatives absolutely killing it on Envato...
It's officially Women's History Month, so what better time to celebrate all the wonderful creative women out there making an impact on the world?
From female artists, illustrators and photographers to graphic designers and UX/UI designers, the Envato community is made up of some seriously incredible female creatives. So, to celebrate Women's History Month 2021, we thought we’d introduce you to the leading ladies creating content – including Procreate brushes, illustration, fonts and more – on Envato Elements and Market.
Ready to be fem-powered? Keep reading to collect some pearls of wisdom from these amazing women working in the creative industries…
Envato Author Webvilla – also known as Beata Pijanowska – is a freelance designer living in Poland. Passionate about graphics, design and collaborating with people around the world, she specializes in romantic floral and watercolor illustrations as well as website and mobile templates, which she shares on her Instagram account and her website. You may know her high-quality work on Envato Elements, but we wanted to acquaint you with the creative lady behind her creations.
Starting out designing web pages, Beata complemented her technical web design skills with delicate hand-painted illustrations, predominantly featuring watercolors. Now, her impressive Envato portfolio demonstrates the diversity of her skillset, consisting of both romantic watercolor floral arrangements and vector website illustrations. While she’s already a successful creative in her own right, Webvilla is always looking to other female artists for inspiration.
“Emilia Dziubak is in my opinion the best illustrator of children's books, including magical moments, and she has a stunning technical style,” Beata says. “Patrycja Fabicka does great, funny illustrations for children's books and is the best colorist. From Envato, I admire Masastarus – she is an incredible fresh artist and her illustrations are so innovative, I could look at them all day!”
Passionate about learning and evolving as an artist, Beata also has this advice for other women wanting to pursue a creative career: “It’s nothing very inventive, but it’s very effective: never stop learning. New techniques, new programs, new approaches in graphic design. And when it comes to what you shouldn’t do – don’t compare yourself to others, because you’ll always find someone better than you.”
Envato Author NassyArt is well known on Elements and Market for her gorgeous line art and watercolor illustrations. Brought to life by artist Anastasia Smiyan – an illustrator & graphic designer from Kiev, Ukraine working under the name NassyArt – she loves experimenting with materials and textures to add an aesthetic touch to all of her creative projects. Anastasia shares her stunning work on platforms such as Envato, Behance and Instagram to name a few.
Since childhood, Anastasia always loved drawing and working with her hands – whether it be sculpting, embroidering, painting or decorating. After attending design college, her close friend – who worked as a freelancer on Envato Elements – recommended she give Envato a go. And the rest is history!
“I always wanted to make the world more visually beautiful and aesthetic, and that’s why I decided to become an artist,” says Anastasia. “Other artists inspire me most: there is nothing better than finding a mentor, as they help you develop skills faster and better.”
As a woman who has worked in art and design for many years, Anastasia had these words of wisdom for other women looking to do the same: “It’s important to focus on your strengths and develop skills – perseverance, patience and hard work, the ability to bring ideas and projects to life. My main rule is to do everything possible that I can do today, don’t put off my dreams and go to my goal from that moment. Keep calm and never give up!”
Combining realistic drawings with watercolor and touch of mysticism, Ukraine-based Envato Author Kaleriia Tverdokhlib produces elegant, enchanting creations for both Elements and Market. A professional illustrator and certified painter specializing in botanical illustration, portraits, architecture and abstract painting, Kaleriia is passionate about drawing women and girls of all shapes and sizes, and loves celebrating the female form.
“I really love to draw women,” she says. “They fit the overall picture of bright colors and plant patterns better than anything else. I adore the styles of other nations — Eastern, African, Northern, Asian — I draw stylish and strong modern women.”
Drawing inspiration from other artists and creators, Kaleriia has nothing but respect and admiration for her fellow creators and Envato authors.
“There are many ladies in the Envato community who inspire me a lot and whom I sincerely admire. Frankie Lee Mwah has stunning, bright, juicy collages with a recognizable style. I also love the modern, trendy and passionate collections from NassyArt. She confidently and vividly paints with watercolors, creates good vector illustrations, line art, textures and more. I also really love the work of Nadispasibenko – she has the most beautiful watercolors, the most airy and fresh style. Her work is complex and at the same time picturesque in its lightness, she is a master of her craft.”
As a professional artist and illustrator herself, Kaleriia’s advice for other aspiring artists is to just keep going and pushing towards their dream.
"Winston Churchill said, ‘Success is not final. Failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.’ If you love what you do, there should be no barriers for you. Turning any frustration (and there are always many on the way to success) into an incentive to improve your abilities is the main principle.”
Since childhood, Envato author EvgeniyaPorechenskay was always fond of anything creative. Constantly inventing, sewing and creating, she eventually discovered a fierce passion for photography. Now, the Spain-based creative has built a vast portfolio featuring her unique and recognizable photographs – particularly her pastel color palettes and artistic compositions.
A connoisseur of unique yet perfectly commercial photographs, Eugenia’s work on Envato Elements is all about creating deliberately commercial images perfect for promoting goods and services. Snapping hundreds of photographs that say “pay attention to me, I am bright!”, her main goal is to create recognizable, aesthetically pleasing work that sells – and that’s exactly what she’s doing on Envato.
“I love art. But my job and mission is commercial art,” she explains. “The meaning of my work is to surpass and surprise myself in every new photo session, to make each new project a way to enjoy it myself”
But behind every successful creative is a trail of challenges – and Eugenia is no exception.
“I started my work based on industry trends, looked at what was on the top and thought imitating these photos could be successful. This was my main mistake,” she reveals. “I am still inspired by the works of successful authors, but now all my work is my personal opinion and style. Don't be afraid to experiment, and don't be afraid to be unique. Do what you really like and then you will be successful.”
Elements Author Frimages – also known as Franzi – is a talented artist, illustrator, and world traveler currently living in Berlin, Germany. Working as a full-time freelance illustrator since 2015, Franzi draws inspiration from her love of travelling, frequently basing her work around foreign cities, maps and the diversity of people from around the world.
“My aim is to create art that is useful to others, art that makes books look more beautiful, blog posts more interesting, and stories more exciting,” Franzi says. “I love travelling, therefore cities, maps and the diversity of people around the world are my favorite topics.”
Her advice to other female designers and artists just starting out, is to never give up.
“I've seen extremely talented women who have tried working as freelancers, but they gave up too easily and quickly,” explains Franzi. “Believe in yourself and don't compare yourself to all the other brilliant artists out there – everyone has something unique to give, and so do you.”
A_Slowik – aka Aleksandra Slowik – always knew that art was her calling. Starting her creative journey at the age of 11, the Russian artist studied art at both school and university, giving her the tools to carve out a career for herself as an artist and illustrator. Drawing inspiration from esotericism and meditation, Aleksandra now specializes in sacred geometry, and magical symbols – making her one of the most unique and mystical authors on Envato Elements and Market.
“My portfolio at Envato consists of sacred geometry and brushes for Procreate,” Aleksandra says. “I get all my symbols and drawings through meditation. I try to make something unique and high-quality for people, so that they can enjoy and expand their opportunities.”
As an empowered female artist, Aleksandra had these words of wisdom for her fellow female creators: “The advice I give to all female artists is this: my beloved women, there is nothing more beautiful than your inner unique world. Do not betray yourself for the sake of fashion, do not imitate, do not go for money. Do not make yourself unhappy. Happiness is in the original expression of oneself. Don't be afraid of anything!”
Envato author Pixel Colours – aka Bec Ralec – is a talented designer and founder of Pixel Colors Design Studio based in Costa Rica. Focused on creating graphic design elements that are simple to use and accessible to everyone, Pixel Colours provides clients with high quality and useful design products to make their projects stand out.
Bec specializes in chic design elements and hand-drawn fonts, and her Envato portfolio is overflowing with gorgeous, romantic typography and quaint handwritten fonts for any project or occasion. With a style that’s simple, modern and feminine, her work is both classic and totally aligned with what’s trending in design right now.
“I have loved art since I was a child,” Bec reveals. “When I was 13 I got a DOS computer without any programs, and spent hours trying to draw with just paint and text. Years later, I started studying graphic design, got a real computer, and fell in love with design forever. I love working with colors and creating fonts, illustrations and digital art.”
As a professional graphic designer and business owner, Bec’s greatest advice to other designers is – practice makes perfect.
“Practice is your best teacher; you will improve and learn from every single project you do. We are not perfect, so instead of trying to perfect every little detail, finish that project and move to the next. I admire every designer's work as I know the hours and even months that it takes to complete a project and the love and effort that is behind each product.”
Indonesian-based designer and Envato Author Telllu is known for creating colorful, punchy graphics for Elements and Market featuring beautiful watercolors and lettering. Founded by Ingga Endita Nafasyah, Telllu not only produces digital assets, but also hosts creative community workshops in Indonesia.
Although Ingga has an educational background in graphic design, at the beginning of her career she spent most of her time doing craft projects rather than dabbling in digital. She then began creating fonts and digital assets as second line products, which led her to join the Envato community. Since then, Ingga’s extensive Envato portfolio has grown to be quite diverse, now including fonts, simple drawings, doodles, line art and flat illustrations.
“I position myself as the user when creating an item,” she explains. “I always make sure that everything is user-friendly, well organised and customizable. My favourite item to create is line art, as you can use it in logos, artwork, printed design, branding – the list goes on.”
As a designer who has worked hard to get where she is today, this is Ingga’s advice for other aspiring designers or digital artists wanting to achieve their dream:
“Keep exploring, always feed your curiosity and stop trying to be someone else. Selling digital assets is not just about creating something good – it’s about ingenuity, consistency, good packaging, good branding, and so much more. I think Nadi Spasibenko is a creator that does all of this very well.”
For more creative inspiration, check out our blog on Top 10 Female Designers to Follow on Instagram, 10 Incredible Indigenous Designers to Follow on Instagram, or our top Graphic Design Trends for 2021, as well as loads more creative Q&As in our Community Stories section.