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Shared Language Graphics

In the fall of 2020, Shenandoah University P.R.I.D.E. (President's Representatives for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity) Initiative commissioned me to create six illustrated presentation graphics intended for educational use across the university’s campus, and to other university and community-affiliated groups. These illustrations portray the concepts of 'Diversity', 'Inclusion', 'Inequality', 'Equality', 'Equity', and 'Justice' utilizing Shenandoah icons, mascots, and branding.


Through Shenandoah-inspired imagery such as the hill-valley swoosh, the dual stars, and the Sarah’s Glen pavilion, in addition to the bug-like characters created to mimic the Shenandoah ‘Buzzy the Hornet’ mascot, I was able to create a series of illustrations that communicated these complicated definitions in a well-designed and clear fashion.

Below, I'm happy to share the extensive illustration timelapse process for the bridge images as well as all final graphics.

Working on projects with messages of justice and equity for all is what inspires me to my core. It is always a pleasure to work with the inclusive departments of Shenandoah University, including P.R.I.D.E., the Mosaic Center for Diversity, and other similar institutions.

These images are for Shenandoah University use and Leah Sayles portfolio use ONLY. Any individuals found utilizing these images will be subject to copyright infringement.



Thank you to everyone who has taken time to read this artist journal, and who continues to support my work by following me on any of my social media ( IG | Tw | FB ), subscribing to my monthly newsletter, and/or supporting me through Patreon or my web shop.


For more information about my process, or to inquire with an illustration project, visit my website or contact me at artforsayles [at] gmail [dot] com.

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