A Stroke of Whimsy with Bianca Urbanowicz

The Jupiter-based artist combines vibrant colors and textures to create rich images full of whimsy

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Elsa. Courtesy of Bianca Urbanowicz
Elsa. Courtesy of Bianca Urbanowicz

Seeing the extensive portfolio Jupiter artist Bianca Urbanowicz has compiled at such a young age, one would assume the 26-year-old has always had an affinity for the arts—but that is not the case. “I hated drawing,” she says of her early years. “My father would bring back sketchbooks from his travels, and I would just draw blobs.” 

Golden Hour. Courtesy of Bianca Urbanowicz
Golden Hour. Courtesy of Bianca Urbanowicz

Those blobs eventually became horses, a figure she discovered she enjoyed drawing, and Urbanowicz hasn’t stopped honing her craft since. The Ringling College of Art and Design graduate now creates character designs for animation and children’s book illustrations, as well as caricatures and tattoo designs, using a unique multimedia process. “I was looking for a particular texture and couldn’t find it, so I created an artistic ‘sin,’” she says. What she’s describing is her method of first using watercolor or marker and then going over the designs in colored pencil. 

Urbanowicz combines vibrant colors and textures to create rich images full of whimsy. In one piece, a manatee hugs a small child. In another, a quizzical fox peeks out through a sea of tall grass. The artist says she finds inspiration all around her, including unexpected places like the color of leaves or “someone’s crazy hair or outfit.” 

Her work is currently on display at The Lokomotive coffee shop in Jupiter, and she hopes to launch a YouTube channel sometime this year. “I would love to do tutorials and have in-depth conversations with people,” she says.  

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