Unless you were in an isolation chamber this past weekend, you probably heard and/or participated in a Women’s March. I was fortunate to be able to make it to the main Washington, DC event (Baltimore is just an hour train ride away). It was incredible! The streets were full of people marching for the equality of all women, while also protesting Donald Drumpf’s disgusting attitudes and actions towards women.
Erin Robinson, better known as Brooklyn Dolly, creates gorgeous portraits in a smattering of mediums. Look closely at her dreamy imagery and you’ll find watercolor, ink, charcoal, stenciling, collage, as well as digital work. Together, their layers are visually rich and celebrate Erin’s subjects—the “feminine shape and the many shades and coifs of Brooklyn.”
Erin sells her work through the Brooklyn Dolly Etsy shop.
During the winter, without fail, I dream of the flowers in spring. (There’s only so much gray I can take—especially in the concrete jungle.) A woman (and mom) named Vicki—one half of the shop Sister Golden—has created floral art that’s the perfect escape from the dreariness. Using succulents, dried leaves, and fresh blooms, she arranges them into exquisite portraits of women. One of her most popular pieces features Frida Kahlo cleverly drawn using stems and sticks. They’re a great substitute for a pen or paintbrush!
These pieces, and more, are available through the Sister Golden shop.
Svabhu Kohli created some of my favorite illustrations this year, with his intricately detailed nature images celebrating the world’s splendor. Full of color and texture, these compositions beg you to study them for a long time. These particular pieces are a riff on his Ocean piece of 2015—the sea creatures are the focal point framed by a beautiful floral landscapes.
One of my fondest memories growing up was playing soccer (better known as fútbol). I was enthralled by the fact that you had to control a wild bouncing ball with just your feet. It soon became a big part of my social life with games and tournaments during three seasons of the year. (I still have scars on my knees from indoor soccer turf!)
In her first children’s book called Fútbol!, author and illustrator Taleen Keldijan has captured the spirit of the game that’s enjoyed around the world. Through activities like coloring, puzzles, and drawing, kids ages four to nine can learn about soccer, exercise their imagination, and be introduced to other cultures. That’s an aspect I really like about this book—its inclusivity, and showcasing how different places celebrate the fúbtol.
Illustrator Mark Conlan‘s engaging and playful work revolves around finding and being found. One of my favorites from him is called Unexpected Discoveries, in which he describes, “This little four part series is all about being able to find certain things that you never knew existed. Its just a mater of shinning light on to the subject. Maybe then you can truly see a whole new world.”
I saw my new favorite thing on the internet yesterday, and it’s called Women Who Draw. The site is an “open directory of female professional illustrators”—specifically, it is trans-inclusive and encompasses women, trans and gender non-conforming illustrators.
As you scroll through the website, you see a plethora of different artistic approaches, in addition to women of different races/ethnicities, religions, locations, and sexual orientations. Clicking on any of individual characteristics will filter the illustrators who identify with it.
Needless to say, I love this project. It’s a fantastic resource—especially if you’re looking to hire a woman illustrator—and encourages other art directors, etc, to do the same. And if you just wanna browse, it’s a great way to effortlessly discover new and exciting image makers.
If you’re female-identifying illustrator, join today!
At the end of November, writer Amy Rose Spiegel shared daily affirmations—mantras to help you start your day. Illustrated by Noa Snir, the short sentences are reminders to trust yourself, love yourself, and not to be afraid of what it is you want. Bookmark these mantras to look at whenever you need a mental boost. One of my favorites is “Trusting your own thoughts is the highest form of prayer.”
Gemma Capdevila turns the world topsy-turvey in her colorful collage illustrations. They often showcase both land and sea, in flattened, halved views that are a less scary version of the Upside Down. In this parallel place, it’s as if there are people living above and below the water in the same way. The homes look identical whether they reach the sky or deeper into cerulean blue. Which side would you choose?
Instagrammers, you can also follow her work that way!