Arts & Culture

Illustrator Ashleigh Sharmaine Puts A Nostalgic Twist On Iconic Movies And TV Shows

From Martin to Rugrats, artist Ashleigh Sharmaine is reimagining well-known TV shows and movies with influence from the ‘90s era.


In a recent interview with BET, Sharmaine described the three key ingredients that her art is comprised of: nostalgia, crossovers, and concept mash-ups. With her character crossover illustrations, the artist strives to switch the actors with a cartoon character that “best suits their personality, characteristics, or appearance.” When designing her mockups, the process can take less than an hour for a more simplistic creation, while taking a few hours or even days for her most detailed designs.


So, what inspired Ashleigh to become an artist? “I’ve always been into arts and crafts ever since I can remember. Cartoons are what I first started drawing as a child, so I just stuck to them and it’s been working ever since,” Sharmaine told BET. In the future, she hopes to push her art into new avenues and create a larger platform for her brand. With such a positive response to her artwork and with multiple celebrity supporters, Ashleigh is well on her way to turning her childhood dream into a reality.

To connect with Ashleigh and learn more about her work, visit
Instagram: @ashleighsharmaine

Ayanna Nicole

Hi! I’m Ayanna, a 26-year-old writer and artist. Although I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with two degrees in art and psychology, I’ve had a passion for writing for as long as I can remember. By following my dreams and utilizing my creativity, I designed Jaro Magazine with the ultimate intention of bringing more positive stories in the black community to the forefront, while also highlighting our versatile and vibrant culture through Jaro’s four modes: film, books, art, and music. I’m into spirituality, nature walks, music festivals, poetry, traveling without a destination in mind, painting, and discussing everything out of the ordinary with other curious minds. Also, I'm an INFP!

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