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Literary Witches | A Celebration of Women Writers Wielding Magic Through Words

Literary Witches illustrated by Katy Horan

Vir­ginia Woolf

As Hal­loween bar­rels towards us (and I still don’t have a cos­tume…), there’s one recent­ly released book that is in keep­ing with the spooky month, but won’t scare you; it will make you cel­e­brate the tal­ents of women! Called Lit­er­ary Witch­es, it’s a col­lab­o­ra­tion between writer Taisia Kitaiska­ia and illus­tra­tor Katy Horan (pre­vi­ous­ly). “Lit­er­ary Witch­es came from the idea that to write or cre­ate art is to con­jure,” Katy tells me in an email, “so it fol­lows that female writ­ers are witch­es wield­ing their par­tic­u­lar brand of mag­ick.”

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Decorative Illustrations of Florals, Fashion, and Friendship by Holly Maguire

Decorative illustration by Hollly Maguire

Illus­tra­tor Hol­ly Maguire cre­ates intri­cate styl­ized por­traits full of col­or, fun fash­ions, and my favorite—flow­ers. Pro­duced using gouache paint, they have a dec­o­ra­tive aes­thet­ic with themes that empha­size tran­quil­i­ty and close friend­ship. Cit­ing the likes of botan­i­cal gar­dens, street fash­ion, and mid-cen­tu­ry children’s illus­tra­tion as influ­ences, she tells love print stu­dio, “I like to use lots of green mixed with bright pops of col­or in my work. I’m very inspired by nature and tex­tiles and I think this comes across a lot in my work too.”

Hol­ly sells her work through her Etsy shop.

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Illustrated Books, Painting

Retro-Inspired Book Covers Illustrate Imaginary Titles You’ll Want to Read

Book painting by Anna Hoyle

Illus­tra­tor Anna Hoyle is a col­lec­tor of “words, phras­es, and objects,” and she trans­lates her pas­sion into an ongo­ing series of book paint­ings. But these aren’t ordi­nary texts, though. They are gouache por­traits of fic­ti­tious books with sil­ly names that are inspired by a mid-cen­tu­ry aes­thet­ic. Some resem­ble children’s books of yes­ter­year, while oth­ers are remind me of pro­lif­ic illus­tra­tors and design­ers like Dick Bruna.

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Cross-Sectioned Illustrations of Hundreds of Creatures Living Under the Sea

Ocean Illustration by Lucie Brunellière

Last year, I dis­cov­ered the work of Lucie Brunel­lière and her illus­trat­ed pub­li­ca­tion, The Very Jung­ly Jun­gle Book. The col­or­ful pages are, in fact, very jungly—there are more than 50+ ani­mals hid­den with­in! Now, she’s released a sim­i­lar­ly busy book called The Great Div­ing. In it, we go under the sea in dig­i­tal ocean illus­tra­tions, where we meet giant whales, friend­ly sea tur­tles, col­or­ful schools of fish, and more. They inhab­it dif­fer­ent types of under­wa­ter land­scapes, from the deep dark depths of the ocean to frigid waters punc­tu­at­ed with glac­i­ers.

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Delicate Ink Illustrations Inspired by the Oddities of Western Literature

Surreal illustrations by Sanae Sugimoto

Illus­tra­tor Sanae Sug­i­mo­to grew up around the sea and moun­tains of Tot­tori, Japan. After attend­ing art school in Kyoto, she made that her per­ma­nent home in a stu­dio armed with rich Sumi and a vibrant orange-red­dish ink. Her sur­re­al illus­tra­tions each tell a story—ones with the likes of larg­er-than-life dogs and friend­ly but­ter­flies.

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Stylish Characters Strut Their Stuff in Fashions You’ll Want to Wear

Kimberlie Wong digital illustrations

If I could sum up Kim­ber­lie Wong’s illus­tra­tion in an image, it would be the tran­quil mon­key sit­ting on a surf­board amidst a pink abyss (below). “I was born and raised on the island of Oahu,” the recent Art Cen­ter grad tells me in an email, “and that has inspired my aes­thet­ic which is warm, whim­si­cal, and uses a lim­it­ed col­or palette.” Con­tin­u­ing, “I love to include nature, usu­al­ly a trop­i­cal feel with ani­mals.”
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88 Artists ‘Look Up’ at the Same Time to Create Brilliant Portraits of One Sky

One Sky Illustrations

Women Who Draw con­tin­ues to be one of my favorite things on the inter­net. It’s an open direc­to­ry for female (and female-iden­ti­fy­ing) illus­tra­tors, and it increas­es the vis­i­bil­i­ty of women work­ing in illus­tra­tion, arts, and cartooning—with empha­sis placed illus­tra­tors of col­or, LBTQ+, and oth­er minor­i­ty groups.

That’s a long-wind­ed way of intro­duc­ing their new col­lab­o­ra­tive project that recent­ly appeared on Top­ic. Called One Sky, co-founders Wendy Mac­Naughton and Julia Roth­man gave 88 artists one sim­ple instruc­tion: look up at August 13, 2017 at exact­ly 12:00PM East­ern Stan­dard Time. The select­ed artists then drew and paint­ed what they saw.

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