Lulu Staff Picks: Artists

Looking for some beautiful, artistic books to inspire or maybe as a gift (the holidays are right around the corner)? Look no further!

In today’s Staff Picks, we feature two books brilliantly created and laid out to highlight photography and illustration. Get ready to get inspired!

Vek Neal

Our first artist today is Vek Neal. Based out of Atlanta, Neal is most well known for his Neon Portrait shots.

His most recent book, Vekking, grew out of a challenge Neal set for himself. Originally focused on drawing and painting, Neal shifted to photography and hasn’t looked back!

The book is built around lighting and different aspects of lighting.

Interestingly, Neal used strangers for all of his models–he went up to complete strangers and asked them to model for his photography.

Learn a little more about Vek Neal from our Facebook Live featuring interview questions and answers:

You can also find Vek Neal and more of his work on his website –

Connect with Neal on Social Media too:



Aaron Maybin

Our second artist is the illustrator Aaron Maybin.

Even though Maybin grew up making art, starting before he could even speak, he found success out of college as a professional athlete.

But he needed to follow his passion and shifted his priorities to his art and activism, starting with his book Art Activism.

His most recent book, Colors of the City, is a meditation on the people and places that inspire him.

Check out our recent Facebook Live for a more in depth look at Aaron Maybin’s newest book:

To learn more about Aaron Maybin, visit his website –

Connect with Maybin on Social Media too:




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