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!
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 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!
Allright, so I told you guys I’d be doing another online-store-plug for a close friend of mine! This time it’s for my friend Marisa Manso (my best pal since I was 15), a painter living in New York who also makes beautiful handmade silver jewelry which she sells through her new online shop Metal and Myth. It’s lovely, unique, one-of-a-kind stuff with a lovely handmade touch and the person who makes them is amazing, awesome, wonderful, talented etc etc. Not only is she a great artist and jewelry maker but she also knows how to strike a pose, don’t you think? Check out her store or facebook, it’s absolutely worth it! I’m now the proud owner of these two rings  but there’s a lot more to choose from!
a shameless plug for a friend of mine, odile van der stap - known to some of you perhaps as jumei on deviantart! she recently started up a webshop, Moineau, from which i purchased this lovely bicycle necklace (as a dutchie, biking is practically my religion). i love how the delicate, stylish and tasteful aesthetic you can find in her art translates into the things she offers through the webshop, and i’m really proud of her for setting it up and really going for it, so that’s why i feel i must share it with all of you. check her shop out: facebook | website !
she is actually one of two of my good friends to recently start up a web shop, so expect another plug coming up soon, haha. i’ll do my best to post up some art in the meantime as well ;) but now i must get back to my rabid, deeply unhealthy addiction to The Wire. long live TV show marathoning!
honestly this is one of the reasons i kinda stopped drawing disney fanart - people seem to think that if it’s fanart, it’s somehow stock art that can be posted anywhere or modified/traced without credit. not that i mind having my art spread around but jeez, just a link to my site or something..??!!
quite a few people asked. my instagram username is loisvb but i don’t really use it at all actually, since i heard some strange things about them taking the rights to anything you upload. i just use the filters from the app and skip the whole uploading part. but if you want to add me go ahead, i might use it sometime in the future :)
ok, so i found out that almost no one was getting my latest deviation in their message centers on deviantart. i found that odd considering that i had 120,000+ waters on there. i double check my watchers count.. and discover that i ony have 572 watchers all of a sudden! what the actual fuck? anyone else ever had this problem? either there’s a huge glitch on the site or i did something to chase away 119,000+ followers overnight hahah.
i really want to plug a close friends’ website right now. not because she asked or anything like that, but because i am just so in awe of her work. i’ve considered her a good friend for a while now, and she recently asked my boyfriend arjen to give her site a bit of an overhaul and they launched it yesterday. what started as just me casually checking out her work to test the functionality of the site and compliment arjen’s coding work became hours of exploring her art and, in a way, her life and emotions. so with that, i want to encourage you guys to visit her website and just browse around when you have the time - i promise it will be worth it. i particularly recommend checking out her graduation project, a project about secrets and trust, which is just so beautiful. no words!
UGH. i logged into my google analytics page (for those who don’t know, it’s a google tool that lets you track visitors and gather statistics for your website with a simple tracking code) and all of my stats were completely messed up by some brazillian website about a folk singer. so after doing some research, i discovered that the asshole amateur ‘web designer’ who made the site copy/pasted a bunch of source code from loish.net into that site, including my google analytics tracking code!! they also direct-linked a bunch of my css pages. seriously what is wrong with people? is it really that hard to just upload your own css file?! so after translating a bunch of portuguese text and trying to find out who was in charge, i e-mailed them and kindly asked them to change it, but they never replied and didn’t do a thing about it. jerks.
so yeah, the analytics thing was solved by making a filter but all of my stats from before the filter are permanently marred by this site. so now it looks like more than half of my visitors are from brazil and the top google search that leads to my site is “luiz gonzaga morreu de que” >___> as for the other issue, their css for ie6 is a file that is hosted on my server. that gives me a fair amount of power over their design. i was considering turning the site’s background image to something obscene, but decided against it (i’m not that evil) and now if you visit the site in exporer 6 the background image is a huge red announcement that the css is stolen. and based on their analytics, they get quite a few visitors with ie6, so HAH! in your face, shady stolen website.
seriously though why are people so lazy and shitty? as if there aren’t other, easier options for web design that don’t involve copy/pasting a random artist’s portfolio site source code. >:(
edit - hah! i found another direct-linked css file that they have linked on their main page. BIG MISTAKE! their index page now looks like this:
I have this old sketchbook lying around from 2001, around the time I started drawing the kind of stuff I do today. Before that, I drew a lot of stuff from reference but found that whenever I started drawing from imagination, it was such a huge struggle. I just didn’t know where to start. I knew how things looked but had no idea how to translate this onto a sheet of paper without the help of solid reference material. And most importantly I had no clue what my style was. I didn’t have a drawing technique that helped me to just put something on paper, so most of what I drew around then was kind of weird, random and fragmented.
Every now and then I would dig up this sketchbook and draw the picture again, next to the old one, to see how my approach had changed. Although I initially started doing this just to show how much better the drawing would look if I did it again, it’s become more about seeing how comfortable I’ve become with drawing in general. I can now sketch with so much more ease than I did before and I don’t get stuck as often as I used to.
But there are still tons of things that I just don’t know how to draw. I like to stay in my comfort zone and when I challenge myself to draw something totally different, I feel like I’m back to square one on everything. I feel just like I did in 2001 when I was drawing these weird random poses and unfinished faces. So I guess I’m posting this as a reminder to myself and others that if you stick with it, you’ll grow past that phase, even if you feel like you’re not getting anywhere!