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Publishing Art: Charcoal & the City of Grit

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SERVICES

Art & Print Design

CREDITS

Randall Owens, Grit City Magazine

CLIENT

Sierra, Grit City Magazine

YEAR

2023

Embracing the grit of Tacoma

Grit City Magazine is a local magazine that explores the gritty tales of Tacoma, WA since 2017. In 2023, I was invited to be the featured artist of the 20th issues and instructed to make it about Tacoma. Although I love Tacoma, I have always had a bittersweet relationship with it. However, I wanted to capture all the emotions of coming home in one piece that I call the Grit City Groupie. One of my favorite facts about this published piece is that all of her tattoos are from real local Tacoma people and made by local artist. The poem that accompanies this piece brings it all together and captures the complexities 

FINAL ARTWORK LOCATED IN GRIT CITY MAG OFFICE TACOMA, WA

WERK WERK

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“From finely balanced graphic design to rough charcoal drawings, I haven’t yet found something that Elexia is bad at. I intend to keep looking but I don’t anticipate finding it anytime soon.”

 

Sierra Hartman, Founder of Grit City Magazine

Continuing my art career

The original is in GCM's Tacoma office. Copies are available on their site, alongside my feature article. You can purchase your own copy of Grit City's Magazine HC20 at gritcitymag.com

Having my work recognized as the featured artist was pivotal professionally and creatively. I am now officially a published artist. I aim to continue incorporating narrative art across client projects and personal explorations. Authentic perspectives resonate, even amidst doubt. There are always more gritty stories waiting to emerge through my hands.

ALTERNATIVE COCEPTS

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