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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  • There is always light,
If only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.

— National Youth Poet Laureate @amandascgorman inaugural poem was a powerful way to ring in
  • A few short months ago I wouldn’t have considered myself an artist but everyday I am feeling more and more like an artist. 

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare." 
- Audre Lorde 

Happy MLK Weekend!
  • It’s finally Friday after a looooong imPEACHment week. How will you be recharging over MLK weekend?
  • I listened to some jams while working on this piece and was reminded I need to put together a new playlist for my creative flow. The list of artists is abridged as I ran out of space but I had to include my top artist Whitney Houston. She is usually my  or  most listened to artist as each year wraps up.
What type of music inspires you?
  • Perfection is the enemy of done. I’m kicking off the week sharing this work (in progress?).

Last year, I started reading Atomic Habits by James Clear and learned that small but consistent habits are wins that build up over time. I’ve managed to create some form of art everyday of 2021 so far and am looking forward to seeing how my art practice evolves over the coming months.
  • Vivid red seems like a fitting color to sum up this ridiculous week. 

I’ve been enjoying the challenge of learning how to get more comfortable drawing faces. I’m considering participating in the  to draw 100 faces in 10 days. Have you completed any fun challenges, art or otherwise recently?
  • I wanted to share this piece on the first Monday of the year as despite the shadows windows symbolize opportunities and fresh starts. I’m starting 2021 with a healthy dose of optimism for the growth that’s ahead and hoping it’s an overall better year than 2020. Thank you to the 100-and-something of you who are going on this journey with me. 

What’s your favorite way to jump back into the week after a long weekend? I try to kick off my morning routine of breakfast and tea.
  • It’s finally (almost) time to ring in 2020 🎉 and I thank God for that! This year has been a challenging and troubling one in so many different ways. I am looking forward to the year ahead and recently discussed with a friend, one of my intentions of incorporating more movement into my life. I am excited to flesh out what that means for me but it’s not just restricted to physical activity but also bringing in new creative energy and finding new active ways to recharge. 

What intentions are you setting for the year ahead? What type of energy do you want to be surrounded with?

If you’re looking for ways to be more grounded, incorporate more self care and affirmations  into your regular mental model, and learn more about yourself I recommend checking out @alex_elle. I’ve been following her for a while and am currently working through her latest book “After the Rain: Gentle Reminders for Healing, Courage, and Self-Love” and it has already spoken to me in various ways. 

Wishing everyone a brighter 2021 and a safe New Year’s Eve.
  • I love being out and about in the warmer months but this is an ode to the cozy loving homebody in me. I’ve been starting my mornings with tea as part of my daily routine.

What’s your favorite way to recharge?

I may be quieter this week as the year winds down while I take some time to rest and reflect on the longest month of March ever. 2020 taught me to throw my own expectations out the window and extend grace to myself. Hopefully you can spend more time this week engaging in activities that energize you.
  • Happy Holidays! Can you believe it’s Christmas Eve?! 🎄🎁 I need to start prepping cookies for Santa ASAP 🎅🏾. I hope you are able to continue (or create new) holiday traditions despite the year 2020 has been. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? 

Side note: I had a lot of fun playing with the glitter brush from the free brush pack that Procreate released for the holidays.
  • Even though I didn’t get any additional superpowers on the 21st, (stay)cation mode is almost fully activated 😎. I was hoping to wake up magically knowing how to intricately braid. I’m looking forward to having time to recharge and create art ahead of the new year after what has felt like the longest March ever. What’s something you’re looking forward to as the year winds down?

This piece was inspired by a reference on Pinterest and my desire to be somewhere significantly warmer than where I am currently. 

Swipe for the time-lapse of my drawing process (and witness some of my indecision 😂)