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Professional Artist Spotlight: Leilani Joy

Nicole Gentry, Staff Writer

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There is no denying that social media has affected the art world; it has been said that there isn’t better time to be an artist than here and now. San Francisco based artist Leilani Joy would have to agree. She began her Youtube channel, Art NuVogue with Leilani Joy (, in 2010 with videos focusing around fashion design. An Academy of Art University graduate, Leilani Joy has said in her videos that almost all of her commissions have come through that channel. With over 46,000 subscribers as of November 2015, we have watched her subject matter and style evolve over the past 5 years.

One of the unique aspects of her videos that set her apart from other artists on Youtube, is that she shows many different phases of the piece in addition to her speed paints. She often begins her 12 minute or so long videos by showing other artists’ artwork that inspired her. She makes sure to include initial sketches and color comps in the final video along with numerous tips and tricks for aspiring artists.

Leaning more toward an illustrator than a true fine artist, Leilani Joy works with acrylic on masonite board and often depicts women in a more graphic and design oriented style versus a realistic style. As part of the Bad Apple Artist Collective group created on Facebook  (, she creates and auctions off a themed piece once a month. Popular themes in the past have been Alice in Wonderland, Spirit Animals, and Folklore.

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In addition to creating pieces for the Bad Apple Collective, Leilani Joy has been featured by Walt Disney Studios’ Wondergroud Gallery in Anaheim, California in both 2014 and 2015. Renditions of Maleficent, the Red Queen, Tinker Bell, and Snow White’s Evil Queen have all been displayed in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney.

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Leilani Joy is an amazing example of a very successful freelance artist. I can honestly say I look forward to every new video she posts and love and admire her artwork with a passion rivaling her own. You can check out very affordable prints and pinback buttons of her artwork at her Etsy store ( or just browse her website at

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