Ajuan Mance
California College of the Arts, United States

Fostering diversity and representation through art.

Ajuan Mance’s passion for making an impact was first inspired by their musician-educator parents and New York City’s 1980s counterculture. Today, as a writer and artist, Mance uses Apple technology to create artwork that counters negative representations of Black people with “positive, liberating images” of Black lives and experiences in their communities. Mance furthers their mission of expression for race, gender, and identity as an educator.

Using iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, Mance leads MFA students through a journey of self-exploration and experimentation that brings together meaningful, personal stories with digital art. With Notability and Adobe apps on iPad, Mance teaches students how to create compelling narratives, 2D and 3D animations, and character illustrations for powerful web comics that express diversity and build portfolios for the future.

iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Apple technology powers Mance’s digital art canvas. iPad’s versatility makes it perfect for illustrating, presenting, and teaching — while Apple Pencil’s precision and natural feel enable Mance to seamlessly instruct how to draw and paint inspirational characters with the Adobe Fresco app.

“iPad has made access to digital art and animation a reality for creators and artists to play, explore, and find their voice.”
Ajuan Mance Adjunct Professor, Illustration Program and Comics MFA, California College of the Arts


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