Debra Cartwright is a New York based illustrator focused on depicting the beauty and spirit of the African American woman—something quite lacking in the mainstream of fashion illustration. She studied Art History, Studio Art and Graphic Design at University of Virginia and Parsons School of Design. Brooklyn based, she is influenced by social issues, beauty standards and the media’s influence on the perception of beauty.
After working as a graphic designer in marketing departments at Condé Nast and Time Inc, she broke into full time freelance illustration last year. Her clients have included HBOs Insecure, Ebony, McDonalds, Essence, and Harper Collins.