Thursday, August 31, 2017

Faith Arts Village Orlando (FAVO)

I went to Faith Arts Village Orlando (221 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, Florida 32801).  FAVO happens on the first Friday of each month. I like to sketch the event because the dusk light is a challenge to capture. There is usually an outdoor musical act that performs in the parking lot where tables are set up for patrons who order food from several food trucks.

Gallery 251 presented artist, Nadya Nickels, a young multimedia artist based in the Orlando, FL area. Before school, Nadya was an illustrator for since then she’s started painting murals in Orlando and began working with digital media and design. Recently she graduated with a bachelor of digital arts and design.

Her work mostly centers around people and mainly painted portraits. Her preferred medium is watercolor as it requires the painter to have control over the paint, but also a willingness to adapt and go with the flow of watercolor.

"I’ve been developing my craft and working in my field for the past five years as a freelancer. Initially, I started my career in high school by building my brand “eclectic weirdo.” I created a series of illustrations; To highlight diversity, show that we are all multidimensional and shouldn’t limit ourselves to stereotypes. This concept was picked up by Afropunk. I then began creating weekly illustrations for their online magazine. I am now a studio artist for Full Sail's game design department. My strongest quality is my empathetic nature, and this translates into my work. I strongly admire activists and people who inspire others. There’s a ton of work that needs to be done in this world, and I feel the best way I can contribute is through design."

-Nadya Nickels

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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