NoelleRx is the artistic signature of Candice Tavares, one of a new breed of illustrators who are creating digitally, reaching clients and building an audience using social media. Sharing powerful messages about racial equality, family and human love through her art, her illustrations are clear and direct, realistic and intimate.
Based in the District-Maryland-Virginia urban area between Baltimore and Washington, DC, NoelleRx is inspired by African American culture, images of the Harlem Renaissance, African American hair, human relationships and love. She often tackles difficult issues in her artwork but does so in a powerful and positive way.
From individual portraits to artwork for brands, clients love the way she captures the moment and the emotion in each piece she creates for them.
Starting off with a selection of reference images, NoelleRx draws and paints with Procreate on her iPad. She uses a restrained colour palette, working on the flesh tones and building up the layers until her subjects look just right. She’s careful about her background tones, setting the scene and providing enough contrast between foreground and background.
NoelleRx creates images that are often warm, rich and emotive. Experimenting with forms and using blocks of colour as a basis for her compositions, her work has an abstract feel, but she conveys plenty of feeling through the facial expressions and body language of her subjects.