In Digital Color.

explorations of a creative technologist in digital color

Cover Image for About The Artist:  Featuring two portraits illustrated by Monica. The one on the left features a Black woman with natural hair wearing a magenta beret and overalls along with a purple striped shirt and gold hoop earrings looking straight ahead over an abstract background. The one on the right features a Black woman with her natural hair pulled up while wearing a purple shirt and having her hands up dancing with musical notes appearing over an abstract background, in the background the names of various musical artists including Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Anita Baker, Luther Vandross, etc. appear.

Hi, I'm Monica. I am the woman and creative technologist behind In Digital Color. I enjoy exploring my intersecting identities through visual art in a digital world and think there's always room for Black girl magic.

Monica Powell
Monica Powell

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  • Happy Self Care Sunday! I hope you find some time to check-in or recharge a bit over the weekend. I’ve been busy 🐝 but I spent some time relaxing while drawing this cozy work in progress.
  • Have a magical World Art Day and remember to embrace your light! ✨

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. 
— Marianne Williamson

On this World Art Day I’m thankful for this artistic journey that I’m on.  Rediscovering my inner artist has been one of the best things to happen to me recently. 

  • I’m overdue for a new houseplant (and might have a history of over-watering succulents 😅). Tell me about your favorite plants! Any recommendations for beginners?🌵🪴

  • Spring is a season for new beginnings as the world around us springs awake 🌱🌺🌸🌻. What new changes are you welcoming? I’ve been exploring different mediums (acrylic, marker, pencil sketches) and creating more art (but sharing a bit less - for now!). 

  • “You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” - Maya Angelou

This Maya Angelou quote has resonated with me for a while and as I look ahead to the next chapter in my life this quote is even more salient. Last year was a challenging year but I managed to learn a lot about myself and what I’m capable of through creativity and other outlets. I’m looking forward to continuing to grow as a woman and artist.
  • Have a vibrant day! 💙I really enjoyed experimenting with colors for this piece. I think creating with markers this week has helped me look at my digital color palette differently. I’m excited to see how working across different mediums influences my process. 


  • There’s a shade of bold for everyone. 

  • Inspired by @sailorjubs   💫to try something different. I started on paper with markers and then did some finishing touches in Procreate. 

  • Wow. It’s been almost a year since everything changed. I’ve been spending recent days reflecting as my second quarantine Birthday quickly approaches. Art was always something I’ve wanted to explore further and a few months ago I decided to “just do it”. Art was a great election week distraction and one of my few hobbies that isn’t strictly related to tech and software development. Art, and learning more about myself and the craft in the process, has given me something to look forward to that isn’t dependent on an unpredictable climate. And when the pandemic is declared over and we can start to collectively heal, I hope art will be right there with me. 

  • Happy International Women’s Day. Other women continue to inspire, empower and help shape my art, career journey and womanhood. 

“One of the greatest gifts anybody can give is the inspiration to develop courage. If people feel comfortable enough to develop some courage, then they can do anything they really want to do — why, they can devise their own lives.” — Maya Angelou

I am forever indebted to the women who’ve helped me develop courage. 

I’m still sorting out the background but wanted to have the courage to share this work in progress.
  • $whoami  a computer command that can be run to learn more about the current user. 
$selfportrait  a glimpse of me through my own eyes.
  • I’ve been noticing the days are getting longer and Daylight Savings Time starts in just under two weeks which means even more sun is almost here ☀️ . I’m looking forward to the season changing. Summer is my favorite season but Spring is a close second. What’s your favorite season or seasonal tradition?