Your Friendly Neighborhood Art Nerds: Mitzimaru (FLORIDA EDITION!)

Artist Feature


Mitzimaru, AKA Staci Durden is a freelance artist/illustrator from Northern Florida. Her works boast myriads of bright and ethereal color combos– her themes mostly whimsical and airy in nature. She’s just recently broken out into the world, but she’s been drawing ever since I’ve known her! (so like, since she was 12.) She describes herself as a 20-something with an interest for video games, cats, anime, and girls with gravity-defying hair (if it wasn’t already obvious).

Staci’s go-to art supply is her neon yellow Gelly Roll gel pen– for that extra pop of color. When it comes to food, she’s all about the tuna subs. But let’s get down to some deep, nerdy inquiries.

Who/What inspires your work? Why?

I’d say my biggest inspiration is probably all the cool female characters I grew up with like the Sailor Scouts, Zelda, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Sango from Inuyasha! They were all so strong and graceful and I like to think my art represents that a little. I also pull a lot of inspiration from other artists that I know personally and those I follow on Instagram. 
Do you have any advice for those who want to “learn how to art” but don’t know where to start?
Just draw what you’re into and stick to it; along the way you’ll learn everything you need to know! And don’t be afraid to experiment!

Be sure to check out her Instagram Page for more of her amazing work!

She is also currently selling on her Redbubble and is making her way to table at local conventions in the North Florida area!

Want to support her directly? Hit up her ko-fi!

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