Student of the Week: Jessica Mercado

Jessica is a New Jersey grown illustrator who enjoys delving into the relationships between people, whether they are positive and platonic, or negative and destructive. She uses lighting, color, and composition to create mood and meaning between her characters’ interactions. Jessica’s goal is to make her audience feel distinctive emotions through the understanding of what her characters are experiencing. Using her Wacom Cintiq, ink, watercolor, or silkscreen, this artist digs deep to create a story that enables the audience to be immersed in her fantastical worlds.

You can see more of her work at To contact her write at or follow her on Instagram @jessmerco!

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