Meet the Artist behind our Special Edition Pi Day Tee
PlumTwenty: What would you tell a young artist to focus on if they had an interest in art?
T’Andre: To the young artists out there, keep drawing! The only way to improve, is to keep doing what you love!
PlumTwenty: What are your favorite tools to create art?
T’Andre: I enjoy using my colored pencils, markers and pens as well as paint when I’m drawing in my sketchbook, and digitally I enjoy using my iPad with my apple pencil in Procreate.
PlumTwenty: What do you love about creating artwork for diverse rising girls in entrepreneurship?
T’Andre: Growing up I rarely saw images and characters that looked like me and my friends, so I made it my goal to be that representation in the art world. I want girls to know they matter and their ideas are valuable.
PlumTwenty: Do you have any entrepreneurship goals and where?
T’Andre: I am working towards creating my own merchandise line with the illustrations I create for my online shop so that people can participate in my work throughout their life! Everything from stickers to bags to coffee mugs!
PlumTwenty: What do you think is impactful/special about Plum2.0?
T’Andre: I appreciate Plum20’s goal in working to encourage women like us into entrepreneurship. We are often taught we can do anything we put our minds to but having a support system to back us when there are not too many like us in the room, is a game changer! I hope every girl of color that comes across this brand this is encouraged to follow her dreams!
PlumTwenty: What makes you an amazing artist that’s unique?
T’Andre: I try to incorporate natural hair in most pieces I create, for great representation and to show how diverse it can be! Whether big puffs or bantu knots or locked up, I want people to look at my work and appreciate the curls that come out of their head! There are so many beautiful ways to rock natural hair, I intend to show them all!
PlumTwenty: When did you know you wanted to create art?
T’Andre: Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve known I’ve wanted to become an artist! It became therapy for me as I faced several medical complications throughout my childhood. Picking up a marker or crayon always made me feel better both physically and mentally and this brought me through some tough times. I thank God for giving me this gift!
PlumTwenty: How did you decide that you would be an illustrator instead of other mediums?
T’Andre: The thing I like about being an illustrator is the story telling! My goal for all of my art is for my audience to automatically see the story I am creating and to let their imagination run wild!
PlumTwenty: What's your goal in five years
T’Andre: It’s always been a dream of mine to work in animation, as black girl representation both onscreen and behind the scenes are not as prevalent as I would hope it would be. In 5 years I hope to have a hand in creating many characters that will represent all types of cultures for animated movies, different shows and across everyone’s screens.
PlumTwenty: Go check her out on Insta …. T’Andre: @tandres_art!SInce this was a special Edition shirt, we have put it back into the vault but don't worry we'll have it again March 2022!
Thanks so much T’Andre for making our Pi Day way more bossup than we could have imagined.