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Just Some Badass Up & Coming Artists

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by: YEGA ( YAY-GAH ) | work here

Tonight it’s all about you guys !! And YOUR creativity.

I’ve been wanting to do something like this on The Skinny Confidential for a long-ass time. Basically the gist of my idea ( it came to me in the shower, HA! ) is to showcase what you guys love to create. Some of you are artists, some are bloggers/vloggers, some are graphic designers, some are entrepreneurs, ETC. & I want to share your work with TSC Community. This is a place to inspire.

Anyway, today’s the first installment of this “creative spaces” idea. Today’s theme is up & coming artists— each of them designed a very Skinny Confidential-ish piece. & honestly WOWZA, I can’t believe how amazing these phenomenally talented artists are, I was just shocked! They killed it. A bunch of these pieces are going in my office. All their bios/contact info is below.

Oh! If you are a creative, please share what you do so I can plan the next creative feature on TSC. Want to hear about what you guys do, what drives you, your passions…you get it. Leave your websites, Instagrams, whatever below too. You guys always support me, I would love to help in any way to support you =).

Ok, enjoy! First up, the bubblegum pic above:

+ Bio: Meet Yega— she’s a fashion and beauty artist based in Leicester, U.K. Having always drawn fashion figures from early childhood, she is endlessly fascinated by the human form. She finds beautiful fabric, people watching, and African art particularly inspiring. Her home studio is her creative space.

Susan Zienty portrait of Lauryn Evarts

Susan Zienty Art The Skinny Confidential

by: Susan Zienty | work here

+ Bio: Susan’s a student at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco working towards receiving her BFA in Fashion Design with a focus in women’s wear. She is motivated to pursue a career in design because of her drive to make a statement in the fashion industry and to improve the way women perceive and adorn their figures. Her clothing is a fusion between two contradicting qualities, marrying chaotic design elements with simplistic silhouettes. The clothing she designs is functional with an emphasis on comfort and simplicity while containing expressionistic elements that catch the eye and challenge the norm.

Brittany Morganti artwork of Lauryn Evarts founder of The Skinny Confidential

by: Brittany Morganti | work here

+ Bio: Brittany’s a “fashion forecaster;” her many talents include fashion design/illustration and fashion blogging. She graduated from Marist College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in fashion design, & currently, she is a freelance assistant designer and illustrator for several fashion coloring books to be published in the next year. Brittany considers herself to be a “fashion extraordinaire” because she has the ability to predict upcoming fashion trends.

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by: Kim Malachowski | work here

+ Bio: Best known for her whimsical fashion illustrations and unique Watercolor and Wine workshops, is the creative mind behind Laguna Beach based Ladyfolk Studio. Kim originally attended school in New York for ballet but an injury caused her to return home to California, where she switched majors and graduated with a degree in Illustration and Design from the Laguna College of Art and Design. Her goal throughout school, interning, and jobs, was always to be self-employed and after putting in long hours designing for brands such as Pottery Barn, she is happy to be working for herself now. Many things including fashion and travel inspire Kim, and her work is often described as p­ainterly, experimental, sketchy, intuitive, and colorful.

The Skinny Confidential Inspired Pillow by Nisha Ingram

by: Nisha Btesh | work here

+ Bio: With a degree in textile design and her first women’s ready-to-wear collection having already walked the runways at New York Fashion Week, Nisha Btesh, 25, has returned home to San Diego to establish a vibrant housewares brand that will showcase her original boutique textiles for bed, body, and home. Her namesake line, Nisha Btesh Living, designs hand painted and screen printed textiles to create a tangible expression of you within your home, energizing intimate spaces through bold color and print. Speaking to who she is as both a woman and an artist, Nisha Btesh donates 1% of all Nisha Btesh Living product sales to support community-based efforts to educate our youth, empower victims, and end domestic violence.
{ PC | pillow }

Ellie Benuska portrait of Lauryn Evarts

by: Ellie Benuska | work here

+ Bio: Ellie Benuska is a fashion illustrator hailing from Los Angeles. Armed with both an education in all things fashion, from a career at Vogue Magazine and a degree in Fine Arts from USC, she set out to merge her two passions. Art and fashion meet in her depictions of fashion’s elite, including Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner, and Daria Werbowy. Since launching her illustration career in 2015, Ellie’s breezy watercolors and rich oil paintings have made appearances on and


by: Melanie Ingram | work here

+ Bio: Melanie Ingram is a consistent student of the arts. Graduating from the University of Delaware with a degree in Visual Communication, challenging new methods is key to her artistic development. She combining both of her passions – fitness and fashion – allowing her to express a realistic touch in every piece. Melanie is her art, and her art reflects herself.

Kelcey Vossen The Skinny Confidential

by: Kelcey Vossen | work here

+ Bio: Originally from a small city in the Canadian prairies, Kelcey Vossen first began exploring the world of illustration after a professor at Parsons School of Design in New York City suggested publicly displaying fashion sketches she had completed in elective classes. Although posting to social media first began as a hobby, it quickly grew into a small side business as members of the creative community expressed interest in and admired her whimsical fashion caricature illustration style. Inspired by fashion brands, photography, editorials, and marketing campaigns, Kelcey is often commissioned for lifestyle blog branding projects; her work can be seen on, D-Bag Dating, ELLE Canada, & Marysia social media, in addition to small campaigns for Lunya Sleepwear and Negative Underwear.

Jason Naylor art for The Skinny Confidential

by: Jason Naylor | work here

+ Bio: Jason Naylor is an artist, illustrator, and designer based in Brooklyn. He believes that his art is driven by his subconscious, and his philosophy is that kindness is the key to success. His clients range from Xbox to Rihanna to MAC to Rolling Stone and he likes to hide messages of positivity within the zany world of his art.

I hope you guys enjoyed all of these up & coming artists. Insane, right?

Happy Sunday, x lauryn



  1. This is an awesome idea to showcase some really great artists. Thank you for doing this! I build furniture – my company is called Sun Devil Woodwork. We just recently got the website and blog live, which I have you to thank for just getting it up even though it’s not perfect. I have a lot of really great ideas for it, but I’m taking it slow and trying to learn as much as I can from others, such as yourself, as I constantly work on it. At the moment I’m focusing on a consistent once a week post, until I have more material and I can post more frequently than that.

    1. That is AWESOME Ally!! Send all of your info to so I can reach out in the future : ) xx

  2. This is a really cool post. I’m looking forward to more about upcoming artists.

  3. OMG yes, Lauryn, this post makes my heart so happy. Susan Zienty is a friend of mine (we actually met in Brandy Melville which is def comfort and simplicity based) and her work is just phenomenal. Seriously incredible & she has such an incredible eye for fashion & style and it shows in her illustration. Thank you so much for showing your support! It is amazing how talented everyone is and I am all about supporting up and coming talent! I am loving the Yega’s bubble gum picture and Jason Naylor’s work… in fact, I just love them all (did I read something about wine & watercolour? yes please!). Thank you so much again for sharing! x Shannon

  4. Wow – how totally cool to see a feature on artists!! Thank you so much!

    I’m an abstract artist/painter – I work in acrylics/mixed media or in oil+cold wax – on cavas or wood panel.

    1. Wow that sounds beautiful!! Send an email to so I can get in touch with future opportunities. xx

  5. this may be one of my favorite posts ever.

    I love love seeing street art, and artists doing their thing. It’s crazy because I can’t relate or know what the feeling of having a complete vision and creating it with your hands on paper!

    I love all of these – this was such a great read and such a great share!


    1. Aw thanks Krista!! This feature was SO fun I can’t wait to share more talented artists with you guys : ) xx

  6. Thank you for featuring these amazing creatives! it was through you that I found Kelcey Vossen, and she helped me out with work for my blog and is now a friend! So happy to support badass creative women like you and all of the artists featured here.

  7. I love this feature!! All the artists you showcased are so talented!

    I’m in the process of creating some new products and would love to share them with you when they’re available 🙂 In the meantime, I’ve been working on my photography for Instagram (@laurenliveshealthy) and blog ( and figuring out how to create my own style and merge my DSLR photos with on-the-go iPhone shots. It’s interesting and fun – and harder than people think!

  8. This is the BEST, most wonderful, thoughtful, smart INSANELY RAD post I’ve ever read! Such a beautiful idea. PLEASE do more like this!!! xxx

  9. what an amazing post!! holy cow…you’re so cool. This post is awesome, i love how you love to support other people! XO


  10. Love this post Lauryn! I was just thinking to myself today that it’s a shame so many people in my life just haven’t had time to get “into” art. All it takes is a little understanding of the principles of design to enjoy the amazing creations all around us! Posts like this are great for getting the word out there 🙂

    1. Art is so fun and can be anything you want! Absolutely love getting to share all these artists with everyone. Thanks Jill! xx

  11. Amazing that you did this!!! So few bloggers pay attention to art & I love discovering new (and affordable!!!) talent. Will definitely be looking into works from all of the above xx

  12. All of this work is so beautiful…and UNIQUE. Really cool that you are sharing these. I am also so jealous that you have so many beautiful and personally designed things for your life. More posts like this please 🙂

  13. Love the pieces featured here! Thanks for sharing.

    I’m an artist working in Santa Barbara, CA and would love to do a TSC-themed piece 🙂

    1. Thanks for sharing Amanda!! Send an email to so I have your information : )) xx

  14. Hi Lauryn! My bf and I recently started a vlog. Lil vids that show a mix of our NorCal adventures & mundane, every day activities sharing a tiny studio apartment in San Francisco with 2 pets 🙂 Check us out!

    1. AH that is so cute!! Thanks for sharing Alie! Send an email to so I have your information : )) xx

  15. Hey love! I am loving this idea! I, myself, love featuring other artists on my blog as well, and I would love to interview you if I ever got the chance! I know you mentioned that you could take a look at what we do and make it part of these posts, and would love to be featured as well! My name is Jenifer and I am from New Mexico, although, I might be moving pretty soon to Austin, TX. I am a blogger and a student at the college in my town named NMSU. I am majoring in Psychology and minoring in Journalism, and want to open up a tea shop within these next couple of years where I can also practice life-coaching. Let me know if you need anymore details, and I would love to answer any questions you might have. (Also, where did you get equipment to start podcasting, and what equipment would you recommend?) Thank you so much! Love ya! -xox Jeni

    1. Wow I love your story and your goals Jeni!! Send an email to support@theskinnyconfidential with your info so I can be in touch with future opportunities! We used the H6 Zoom with Rode Link lavalier : ) xx

  16. WOW! How cool to see all this artwork! I loved seeing them all, and what a rad honor to be a part of such a group of talent! Thanks Lauryn for including me 🙂 I posted a video of the making of on my insta… check it out here —> Its always fun to be part of a group show! Congrats to all of the artists on their success, and everyone keep up the good work!

  17. Oh come on now Lauryn! Why do you have to do this to me? Here I am UNFOLLOWING a ton of people as I”m overwhelmed by the digital space and now you’re giving me all these NEW people to follow. These individuals are INCREDIBLE and I will definitely be supporting their work. Love love love!

    I love seeing people grow into themselves creatively. I started a YouTube channel back in 2008 and it was a way for me to share things with the world while I was 3,000+ miles from my family, married to a man in the military. Just this past year I realized that I have a MAGNIFICENT vision for both my YouTube channel and Blog so I am diving ALL IN to creating higher quality content that I am passionate about and proud of! I think this realization came after following so many incredible, artistic individuals who inspire me with their work every day!

    1. That is AWESOME Tara!! I can’t wait to check out your blog and youtube channel : )) Send your info to and if we have future opportunities I will be in touch. xx

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