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Meet Ke’Ari Brooks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ke’Ari Brooks.

Ke’Ari, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always considered myself to be a creative person – whether it was through dancing or art, I always loved having a creative outlet. Back in 2018, after graduating from the University of Southern California, I decided to move to San Diego and take a job position doing graphic design. Outside of doing yearbook in high school, this was my first real taste in this industry. I completely fell in love with the work I was doing. Inspired by the work I was doing at my job, I decided to learn how to illustrate on my computer. Now we’re here in 2020, and I’ve launched a graphic design and art business.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Learning a new skill is always challenging. Even when I started my job in San Diego, I had very little knowledge of Adobe Suite outside of Lightroom. So, everything I know now is self-taught. A lot of it started off with trial and error, and even now, it’s a lot of that. I’m still experimenting with new techniques and defining my style, but I find joy in learning new things, so I’m always looking for ways to spice up my art. I watch a lot of tutorials as well.

Please tell us more about your art.
There are two aspects of my business: graphic design services and art.

My graphic design services include the creation of websites, logos, flyers, multi-page documents such as presentations or reports, and more. I also sell art prints on my website and offer commissions. My work samples can be found on my website, kearibrooks.com, and on my Instagram, @artbykearibrooks.

Many of the clients I’ve worked with are small business owners and are People of Color. I am most proud of this because as a small business owner myself, I know how difficult it can be to get started. So, I love that I can help others who are in a similar position that I was in. I love to bring people’s ideas to life, and once they see their finished products, it really offers them the motivation they need to keep pushing through. I enjoy being able to say that I played a part in another small, POC-owned business getting started.

In regards to my art, I aim to inspire those who look like me by highlighting the beauty of Black people. All of my collections have a message behind them. I’ve done a collection promoting positive body image and honoring Black woman. My latest collection encourages people to practice self-care and to take care of themselves during these uncertain times.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
One of my favorite memories is crocheting with my grandma. She taught me how to crochet, and we would always create blankets together. As I got older, I turned this skill into a side hustle and started crocheting tops and bottoms.

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