Illustrator Alberto Cerriteno and His Digital and Analog Prowess

Fine artists sometimes dabble in digital art, and digital artists sometimes dabble in fine art. Unfortunately for those crossover artists, however, most of them are either only good on one or the other. It’s quite difficult to excel in both the paintbrush and the mouse, it seems.

Good thing illustrator Alberto Cerriteno is adept at both. Residing in Portland, Cerriteno combines the best of street art with rich textures lifted from aspects of his Mexican heritage. As a result, his pieces are equally commercial as they are not; they are cute and chock full of personality, yet feel perfectly at home gracing the cover of a magazine.

His painted pieces are whispy and emotional, while his digital pieces are sweetly assembled to the point of looking as though they were collaged with pieces from dozens of publications. Still others are a combination of both analog and digital, and they draw strengths from both.

But enough yapping. Look on for some samples of his work, and visit his website to see more.

Ink and watercolor come together with digital treatment in The Cloud, The Boy, The Stars & The Umbrella.

alberto cerriteno
A totally digital piece, Fishing With Love!

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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