Art is my LIFE, my PASSION, my DREAM
Courtney P. Lovett received her BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Courtney utilizes her artistic skillset for a variety of mediums and artistic disciplines, including illustration, character design, animation, graphic design, and motion graphics. She has collaborated with authors and illustrated children’s books, created logos and product designs for small businesses.
However, her heart is with illustration, character design, and visual storytelling. As a Black American and a native of the DC, Maryland, Virginia area, her work reflects her heritage and upbringing by featuring predominantly Black characters drawing from her own Black experiences. This is most evident in her webcomic series The Smiths - a collection of short stories that chronicles the everyday life of a Black upper-middle class family who values love, family and faith. For her, The Smiths adds to today's cultural shift of creating diverse and relatable stories from perspectives and cultures that are often underrepresented or misrepresented in art and media. Courtney values authentic representation and its potential to reach beyond race, gender, class, religion, and status by highlighting diversity in thoughts, interests, and personalities among individuals within their perspective cultures.
She gathers much visual inspiration from the iconic creations of Disney who originally motivated her to become an artist. She also draws influence from unique styles of creators such as Aaron McGruder, Bryan Konietzko, and the children’s book author and illustrator Vashti Harrison. Additionally she is inspired by filmmakers such as Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, Issa Rae, Shonda Rhimes, Lin-Manuel Miranda Damien Chazelle, and many more. Her work references fantasy, sci-fi, superhero and anime influences.
When Courtney is not creating stories, she is teaching part-time as a digital art instructor at More Than Conquerors (MTC) Art Studios. You can also find her spending time with her loved ones, catching up on her favorite shows and movies, enjoying a good book, or practicing in her sketchbook.