The Underdog team discovered UK illustrator Eunice Adeyi at exactly the right moment—when we needed someone to create the art for our new board game, HerStory. We're still in awe of the amazing job she did creating the images of 100+ women in the game in just a few months.
Eunice is well on her way to making a name for herself in the art industry. Learn more about her below, and be sure to check her out on Instagram.
How did you get started with art?
Like most people, I discovered art around the time I was in kindergarten and nursery. I enjoyed those colouring book exercises and enjoyed drawing in my spare time. One of my favourite things to do back then was to trace or draw Disney princesses on my backpack. Then, in my teenage years, I started focusing on architectural drawings in hopes of getting an architecture degree. During this time, I drew less and less until I was 19, when I discovered digital art and my artistic passion began to grow again.
What format do you create in?
As of now, my favourite medium is digital, preferably on my iPad. However, I occasionally draw in my sketchbook. (Here are some samples of her work, below. Credit: Instagram @eunicify.art)
What technique did you use to create the art in HerStory?
Every drawing was created on my iPad 2019 using my favourite program for art, Procreate.
What made this a challenging project?
Female portraits tend to be my favourite thing to draw, so this project was a blast. The most challenging thing for me was the very tight deadline. This restricted optimal creative and absolute perfection. A big shoutout to Cristina Arctor from ThunderGryph, who worked with Underdog on the visual elements of the game. She was a huge support in helping me get the project done and complete by the deadline.
What made this an exciting project for you?
The characters for sure. The project was offered to me very close to the time I decided to become a full-time freelance illustrator. The project was right up my alley, and it was an opening to a new phase in my career. (Here are some examples, below, of her artwork from the game.)
You have an online class for art. Tell us more about it and how to take it.
I have a course available on Domestika, which is currently one of the biggest online platforms for art and design courses. The course gives insight into my creative process and is a beginner's guide to creating and rendering characters.
What's the best way to follow what you're doing on social media?
I'm on almost all platforms, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Pinterest, and sometimes I post on Artstation and Facebook. All by the same handle, Eunicify.art. However, I am most active on Instagram and Pinterest. (Here's a collection of Eunice's work below. Credit: Instagram @eunicify.art)
What did you enjoy about working on this project?
Definitely the concept of the game. I like that it features a lot of strong, influential women from many generations and cultural backgrounds. My female characters are often described as confident and powerful, yet still feminine. It is often what I gravitate to when I'm drawing, so I was glad that I could showcase that with these powerful groups of women as well.
Do you have a favorite woman from the game that you illustrated?
Hmmm. That would be like asking me to pick my favourite child. However, I would say that it was nice drawing women I knew before the project, like Dolly Parton, Harriet Tubman, Joan of Arc, and a few others. Joan of Arc was especially tricky because it was my first attempt at drawing armor. (Here's the Joan of Arc card, below, from the game.)
Any other projects we should know about?
I'm currently working on a few book covers, but I don't think I should say more than that. The second book sleeve art I did for Fairyloot is now out, so I'm pretty excited to receive my copy. I do personal side projects on a regular basis, too.
Please check out more of Eunice Adeyi's work from HerStory on the HerStory website.
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