—Race in America is so emotional and raw. I wanted to have the conversation people have been violently resistant to having and is so necessary. I wanted to cultivate a space to have discussions about race; specifically blackness but struggled to engage in the conversation in and outside of the black community. I wanted to get at the deeper construct of blackness.
Creator of trading races and trading rappers
Artists have a unique position when they share their craft with the world. You expose yourself in a way that is simultaneously uncomfortable and exciting, which often leads to unexpected discoveries.
Head illustration artist for Trading races
Line & Paper is the Santa Cruz-based creative studio of Stephanie Rapisardo.
With a life-long passion for design, a background in Fine Arts, and inspiration from 15 years in the field of Early Child Education, I’m interested in the ways creative expression informs the human experience. It's through the creative process that I find personal and interpersonal relationships truly thrive. My mission is to use this space as a venue for inspiration and for connecting with others through creativity.
Whether a collaborative project or commissioned piece, I look forward to hearing from you, sharing my services, and working together to make your vision come alive.
About My Work
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t designing, drawing or creating with my hands. Interpreting the world through art has always been a natural language for me and I find this work endlessly rewarding. As my art and creative interests will continue to evolve, I find that my portraits allow me to experience the most meaningful personal and interpersonal relationships.
Art and design have always guided and influenced my life, but it was my career in Early Childhood Education that really sparked my passion for portrait work. Primarily influenced by Art’s therapeutic benefits and the Reggio Emilia Philosophy, the classroom became a setting where I was able to teach and advocate for children using a more creative approach. When children are encouraged to learn by doing in a beautiful environment that honors their competency, those children thrive. My portraits attempt to capture this, a moment in time where that child’s true self is exposed.
As I continue to create portraits for clients of all ages, I am most intrigued by the tangible process of each drawing. While I think about the person, their story, and my corresponding marks, I am completely in the moment. I’m excited by the idea that photo-realistic work asks the viewer to maintain engagement with the drawing as they question and interpret what they see.
Artists have a unique position when they share their craft with the world. You expose yourself in a way that is simultaneously uncomfortable and exciting, which often leads to unexpected discoveries. What motivates me the most is the change I feel when I make something. Every time I create, I learn something new, I refine my technique, and I push myself harder. It’s the one passion that forces me to grow and allows me to be me.
illustration artist for Trading races
Roberto Espinell is an illustrator, musician and videographer based in New York City. He currently works for Saint Patrick’s Cathedral as their Audio-Visual Technician and the vocalist for Brooklyn-based metal band, Ashes Within.
In between getting hit by cars on his bike, he enjoys riding said bike around the city, drawing monsters to pass the time and trying to find his house keys so he can finally get to work.
He’s currently working on a sticker-based street art series, working on the newest Ashes Within single and continuing to help the Trading Races team with their card editing and layout.
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