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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  • Wishing us all brighter days. I hardly ever wear yellow but somehow it keeps finding its way into my illustrations. Originally this dress was supposed to be more of a green (swipe to see 👗) but I ended up going in the direction of a more vibrant yellow.
  • Hope you had some time to soak in a little extra self care over the holiday weekend ☕️🫖. This is my take on the  Self Care prompt. 

What’s your favorite form of self care? I’m always looking for new ways to slow down for a moment.
  • One of my fave things to do pre-pandemic was peruse the shelves @strandbookstore to find a new book to get lost in. These days I’ve been preordering books online (which has been a real treat for future me) and checking out digital books from the library. I am currently listening to Little Fires Everywhere 🔥 after watching the Hulu version last year. 

What books are you currently reading or looking forward to reading in the upcoming year? Bonus if you have any audiobook recommendations I can listen to during my morning routine.
  • Wishing you a lovely, long weekend. 💕

This ended up being my first experiment with animation in Procreate. I’m currently participating in a workshop on animating on the web with SVGs. I’m looking forward to  combining my tech skills with art and seeing more movement incorporated in my art and life as that was one of the intentions I set at the beginning of the year.
  • Years ago as I was transitioning to natural hair I remember admiring a woman with a marvelous frohawk.  I thought that a frohawk would be my go to style once I was fully natural but my favorite go-to ended up being wearing my hair in a big puff.
  • Joy. Imperfect lines, beaming smile. 
Wishing you and yours some much needed .
  • For some reason I don’t usually listen to music while I draw but I decided to switch it up when I was working on this piece a few weeks ago and the pose started to take on a life of its own. 

I love throwback music.
  • Warmer days are still on my mind between the snowstorms. I wanted to test sharing my first reel ✨.
  • My latest  is an unbothered  woman. I’ve been spending more time drawing for myself which has been a shift for me as I work on not only developing a voice as an artist but learning more about myself in the process. 

Swipe to see the final image (so far!) and my initial sketch.
  • Kicking of  with a remix of this gorgeous lady (and still wishing I was someplace warmer post-snowstorm). How are you celebrating this month?
  • Thank God It’s Monday. I’m ready to kick this week’s butt.
  • 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