flattered to find myself on this list that the incredible Julie Dillon compiled, but mainly reblogging because I want to help her spread the word about these great female artists! take a look, there is a lot of lovely art here.
I have been wanting to assemble a huge post of some of the amazing women artists out there, because it seems like too often they get overlooked when it comes to being honored and recognized. This year, I was incredibly honored to be nominated for a Hugo award in the Best Professional Artist category, but I was a little shocked to find out there hadn’t been another woman nominated in that category since Rowena Morrill in 1986. That’s more than a little ridiculous, considering there are so many women artists out there, they are all amazing, and they all need more visibility and recognition. I encourage you to browse through and visit their websites, and please reblog and add more artists to the list! I know this is NOWHERE near comprehensive and that are tons more artists out there.
This list mostly covers mostly professional illustrators and scifi/fantasy artists. I know I’m missing out on a ton of talented people in comics, animation, fine art, and people who do primarily fan work, but I don’t know quite as much about those areas so they aren’t as well represented here; my apologies.
(The tags got cut off; I guess there’s a limit now? As such I wasn’t able to tag every single artist included.)
EDIT: Added more artists!
Click the “read more” to check out the art! Warning: This list is HUGE, and very image intensive!
My 2014 calendar is now up for sale, but if you prefer some of my older calendars - each featuring close-ups from a variety of artwork that I created that year - then you can purchase those for the year 2014 too! The front and back covers have been modified - with the year number removed - and they are currently being printed for 2014. Check them out in my Deviantart prints shop!
allright, a quick update on the Romwe art theft! let me start by saying that the artwork is of disney characters, and i cannot ask any kind of financial compensation for the sweater sales. if i did, i would essentially be making money off of disney’s characters, which is illegal.
Romwe contacted me this morning (not as a reply to my initial e-mail to them, but in response to the social media attention). after explaining that they removed the item from their store, they state the following: “We know your art from deviantart, from which we could not find any proper contact information (we only got this address from one customer who knew you just now.). So we only leave a note there for you. Unfortunately, it seems you haven’t noticed it. So this whole thing should somehow be a misunderstanding.”
here’s where it gets pretty darn hilarious. they DID send me a deviantart note about the image… two days ago, on November 19th. however, i was notified of the sweater on November 18th. so basically they were already selling the sweater before ever contacting me. not to mention that “proper contact information” is plastered all over my deviantart front page. so apparently these folks think you can negotiate the sale of a copyright AFTER you printed out a whole line of sweaters with the artwork plastered all over it. classy…
They further go on to say: “We never intend to stolen any talented artist’s work. Instead, we treasure and respect it. And about that painting on our sweatshirt, we use it because it’s fabulous and so match with that collection.” So basically their way of “treasuring and respecting” artwork is by plastering it all over their “fabulous” sweater collection without permission, compensation, or credit.
I’ve experienced plenty of art theft in the past, and always was able to talk things through afterwards. even the most scumbaggy art thieves would admit they were wrong and just remove the item. but Romwe’s response is just a gigantic insult to my intelligence and shows that either they have no idea what they’re doing, or they know perfectly well what they’re doing which makes it even worse. it’s too bad, i actually thought they were a great store before this happened, but now i’ve changed my mind. if i were you guys i would not spend your money on this shady business.
they still have lots of illegal disney stuff in their sweater collection by the way, hopefully disney will find it and get their due compensation.
another clothing art theft story i can add to my list. the popular online clothing store Romwe has decided to steal my artwork without permission for a new sweater design. (it’s a re-coloring of my original artwork which can be seen here.) just so you know: i’m not making a penny off of this! please do NOT buy this item, and if you can/feel like it, spread the word about what jerks Romwe are :(
so, i just reported two items on etsy for featuring stolen artwork, namely some disney fanart that i drew a few years ago. they were iphone cases with my drawings of ariel on them, and were being sold by stores that appeared to be located in china. this happens way too often and honestly, i’ve become somewhat desensitized to seeing my disney fanart being exploited and sold in some form or other. one of the reasons i stopped drawing disney fanart was because the drawings kept popping up on wallpaper sites, illegal merchandise or even justin bieber’s instagram, and it became too much to keep up with. it’s just made me a lot less enthusiastic about paying homage to some of my favorite animation characters.
anyways, the reason i bring this up is because i wanted to share something with you all, that probably a lot of you already know but maybe some of you don’t. it’s actually illegal to sell merchandise of copyrighted characters that are not your own. this means that companies which are not affiliated with disney are not allowed to sell artwork featuring the princesses or any other disney character for that matter. i don’t sell prints of my disney fanart for this very reason.
i think this is important for people to know because if you ever stumble upon, say, an etsy store that sells iphone cases featuring the disney princesses, you can rest assured that these cases are being sold illegally. more importantly, the artwork on these cases are usually stolen from artists like myself, who are trying to make a name for themselves by promoting their work online. these companies are not only ripping off gigantic corporations like disney, but also individual artists who DO respect intellectual property laws by not selling the disney fanart they make!
i just wanted to put this out there for those who weren’t aware of these intellectual property laws. it took me a while to learn about these myself. by the way, this is not an attack on those artists who do sell their own disney fanart in some form or other, which some artists choose to do. it’s a warning to avoid dubious online stores - like those etsy iphone case stores - that exploit and rip off the fanartists! thanks for reading :)
i got to know Koffie&Ik, a lovely coffee place in Utrecht, because it’s run by a friend-of-a-friend who has a serious passion for coffee. After lots of research and planning, Robbie set up his own coffee bar/lunch room with great coffee and homemade food. we’ve been talking about putting some canvas prints of my digital work up on the walls for a while now, and after a collaborative selection process, they’re finally up! if you’re ever in Utrecht, try to drop by, it’s really a nice place with products that have been selected and prepared with care. also the canvasses will be up for sale for those who are interested and live in the area!
a portrait of one of my best friends, menah, for her birthday. i tried to portray her the way i know her best: carrying lots of things, always finding a way to do some kind of creative work together with anything else she’s doing, and taking careful and elegant steps anywhere she goes :)
i can’t not share this! my mind is blown by this amazing animated graphic novel. this is honestly the only time i’ve regretted not having an iPad! website for this project can be found here, check it out!
a portrait of my boyfriends’ brothers’ girlfriend (even though none of us are married i informally refer to her as my sister-in-law), for the front of her birthday card! she’s one of the kindest people i know. we were recently talking about how annoying it is when people tell you to smile which is why i added the sub-text :)
for those who didn’t see my previous post: for this book, over 100 different artists will be contributing their own unique version of the ideal male/female. the goal is to have a book with many different interpretations and stylistic approaches to the same theme, intended as reference material for other artists. i think it’s a great concept and i’m so flattered to be working on this alongside so many awesome and accomplished artists!
my mom recently scanned in a bunch of old family photos and i felt compelled to draw some of them! “opa+oma” means grandpa+grandma in dutch. apparently giant ears run in the family, although me and my sisters didn’t inherit that trait! and apparently my great great grandparents were kind of scary looking. but i’m sure they were super nice people in real life.