Born in 1989 in Fontana California, young artist Darren Jay Downing has been creating since he can remember. Darren expresses gratitude for his supportive parents during his youth when his inspiration came from cartoons, Lego's and skateboarding. Together with his brother Donovan Downing, Darren's current work is composed of detailed colored pencil portraits of his favorite rappers. Among them are legends like Tupac and current artists like A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar. His composition of black and white illustrations against bright, colorful backgrounds makes this series stand out. Darren reminds us to never let anyone tell you what to do when it comes to your work. Be sure to keep an eye out for this emerging and notable artist.