• Tyronecia Moore

Since the beginning of quarantine, I've been giving myself monthly challenges as a way to not only stay motivated but to constantly be pursuing growth. So far, I've been alternating between acquiring soft and hard skills. April was dedicated to meditating for 30 consecutive days. (My longest streak is now 38 days within the Calm app. Ayyyyyeeee!) In May, I focused on increasing my efficiency in Adobe Illustrator using Skillshare videos. And June has been geared towards proactive adaptability + flexibility, which for me means saying yes more often than no and allowing space for more spontaneity and less rigidity.

The illustrations below are a result of my last week in May.

Personally, it didn't feel like enough to simply watch a million Skillshare videos and apply the tips when necessary. I needed a project that would show what I've learned, but also feel complete. Sooo...I chose to refresh an old passion project of mine! The perfect way for me to show an evolution in my skillset and just a good place to start.

Tyler the Creator 2.0

Original Illustration from 2018

My intent was to refine and edit the original illustrations into simple, pleasing shapes that could be easily reflected and repeated. This direction allowed me to create virtually symmetrical portraits in less than a few hours each. If you're a Skillshare subscriber, I'd recommend starting with any Hayden Aube course, specifically "Give the Pen Tool a Day Off".

During this project, I also got to experiment with pattern-making and gradients. DKNG's "Mastering Illustrator: 10 Tips & Tricks to Speed Up Your Workflow" is pretty clutch for improving these two skills.

Tracee Ellis Ross

Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino

The additional illustrations below were just pure color play. Fidgeting with overlays and dabbling in blending modes. It's amazing how much color can change the mood and feel of your work! Which colorway is your favorite??? Honestly, I'm drawn to the first and third options. They're so rich in tone!

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  • Tyronecia Moore

Hoping This Heals You is a public and visual form of journaling for me. It was birthed from the need to "catch" my fleeting thoughts and "release" my ruminating ones.

For two years, I had been collecting piles of multi-colored sticky notes of varying sizes filled with epiphanies and positive self-talk. Hoarding them for days when I was feeling beyond low and would need a little help lifting my spirits. Eventually, I could no longer keep these thoughts to myself and would feel the need to share them. I shared them as a way to connect to others, to temporarily relieve others of their pain by providing joy, remind them that they are seen, and motivate them to continue doing their absolute best. Because life is fucking hard and no one should feel as if they are fumbling through it alone.

Uncomplicated and easy to digest, my intent was to share messages that would hit you quickly, then linger. I wanted to share messages that required small actions. Actions that could be done in real-time. Baby steps.

Overall, this project has indirectly been a continuous lesson in developing my empathy and compassion. And I'm happy that my willingness to be vulnerable has brought me here.

Be sure to join the @hopingthishealsyou community on Instagram for more inspo. Take care!

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  • Tyronecia Moore

Updated: Apr 14, 2020

There's a certain attitude that those of wealth carry as they move through the world. A certain amount of confidence that is emitted when you lack a scarcity mindset. That's the energy I wanted Cynthea to bring to shoot. The loose theme for this shoot was "Old Money vs. New Money".

Fortunately, Cynthea did not need much direction from me in order to possess this energy. Cynthea already gives off a self-assured sense of poise. You can actively see it through the fire in her eyes and the power in her stance.

With this style shoot, I wanted to challenge myself in the realm of color. I'm naturally drawn to rich and vibrant hues, colors that demand to be seen. I ventured in the opposite direction with this shoot, choosing to stick with an overall muted and neutral color palette, introducing a limited number of pastel hues. Through this color story, I was able to show the level of sophistication that can be achieved with varying tones, light materials + subtle textures. My goal was to communicate a confident and simultaneously carefree sense of class that young black women can ascribe to have (if they so choose to).

With every wardrobe change, I could sense Cynthea's energy level up. Each look making her feel more powerful than the next. It also could have been the music that I was playing. Cocky + cheeky hype songs ONLY on this shoot. So a little Megan Thee Stallion...and a lot of Rico Nasty!

Such a beautiful friendship has blossomed since this shoot! Now Cynthea and I get together every month for what's called our Manifestation Meetup where we discuss our goals for the year. It's an intentional moment for us to check-in, celebrate our milestones and hold each other accountable every step of the way. I can't wait to see what we accomplish by the end of 2020!

Be sure to follow Cynthea on Instagram @lacedincyn and through her business, Brunch for the Soul.

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