NaturalBorn Studios Creative Publishing
The Hidden America Hardcover Book demonstrates how artist Lakeem Wilson gives activism a visual voice.
"The vision behind my Hidden America Book was to Capture The Culture from my personal lenses and illustrate hidden histories of America through the traditional medium of painting."
Lakeem's artwork serves as a powerful agent in affecting positive social change on issues encompassing social justice, power, visual literacy, and urban black culture. Organized by Natural Studios Creative Publishing, this book gives art collectors, thought leaders, and social art communities a unique insight to Lakeem's current painting catalogue and life biography. The themes shown in this book open up dialogue within the contemporary art world and cultural narratives of today.
I create sequence and concept designs with a production team in mind. My Storyboards serves the purpose of helping authors / writers, creative groups and teams to produce a vision for how their commercial, short film, graphic novels, children books, or creative concepts can come to life through sequential illustrations. The Storyboards I produce give clarity the ways that background and characters can function together for optimal story telling. The Character Design process gives me the freedom to produce personal and client based characters that includes dynamic action scenes, and expressive, unique personalities. My characters are created in a manner that can easily be edited and modified by creative teams and pipe line productions.
I use creative softwares such as Photoshop, Animate CC, Storyboard Pro, as well as traditional hand drawing to map out storyboards and panels for a narrative I want to tell. From there I explore worlds and backgrounds that will set the tone for the story, and then I design characters to live in these worlds. I use a Huion Cintique Drawing tablet to execute my character design and storyboard projects.
Art has given me knowledge of self. I extract the wisdom from my life experiences and embed them uniquely into each painting, illustration, and drawing that I create. My understanding of the world is reflected in the concepts of my creative process. When I immerse myself in culture, it brings me a freedom of expression that connects me to an unlimited source. I’ve grown to realize that I have the power to evoke change through my art, and help bring clarity to how people see the world. My creative voice allows me to bring a sense of equilibrium to activism and cultural empowerment. My influence and determination stems from my cultural roots growing up in South Dallas, Texas, an urban environment that against all odds showed me how even negative circumstances can produce a powerful will to be the change you want to see.
Early community mentors, family members and teachers motivated me to hone my creative gifts and continue traveling in a good orderly direction. I constantly analyze and destroy bad habits and unproductive mindsets in order to build on my innate skills and abilities as an artist, illustrator, and entrepreneur. I am the founder of NaturalBorn Studios, a full service creative brand that allows me to help individuals and companies bring their artistic endeavors to life. Art is the common denominator, and my ultimate goal is to create an impact and legacy so that my art can live in a never ending cipher.