I’ve loved art ever since I started drawing for the first time. Apparently I drew a bunch of my masterpieces upside down as a kid, which either means that I was a secret genius or just a kid who drew upside down. Either way, I stuck with it and always took art classes throughout my school years. While I still draw sketches every now and then, I’m feeling pretty rusty. But if there’s anything that makes me want to jump back into the art world, it is the awesome illustrations I see around the internet, especially the ones done by awesome young women.
From socially conscious to full on teen angst, these 7 artists are mixing fun aesthetics with messages that are super relateable. That’s why they’re some of our favorites to watch right now. Check ’em out, check out their art and give ’em some love.
Aprill HogueThe minute I saw April's art I fell in love. Her pieces are super colorful and spotlights the beauty and diversity of women of color. Also, can we take a second to appreciate this pink fro? I think that I have a new hair goal. Art: Artworks By Aprill Tumblr: Aprillshowers
Taylor RuthI've seen Taylor Ruth's art reblogged so much on my Tumblr dash that I had to finally check her out. What I like about her comics is that they engage with the unglamorous reality of being a teenage girl while also celebrating the little things--friendship, falling in love with music, young love--that make these years so formative. Also, Taylor just seems like a pretty cool chick with great taste in music, so check her out Art/Tumblr: Hanging Rock Comics
Rima DeerBeauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and Rima's art makes that loud in clear with her depiction of beautiful women with large frames, curves and lovely lumps of fat are so important and so powerful. The media doesn't tell us that our love handles and cellulite is beautiful, but Rima's art definitely does. Art/Tumblr: Rima Deer Art
Suzy ExI saw Suzy's art featured in Bitch Magazine and Rookie Mag and I was surprised to find so many relatable pieces in her portfolio, like the one pictured here. She also has a series called Riot Grrrl Problems which I definitely suggest checking out. Art/Flickr: Suzy Ex
Hanna KThis is going to sound a little weird, but there's something about Hanna K's art that feels...comforting? I don't know, there's a funny kind of warmth about her drawings that just makes me really happy. Like I'm in an...art cocoon. Just check out her art and stop listening to me create awful similes. Tumblr/Art: Hanna K Draws
Natali KoromotoIf you like pastels and cuteness you're going to love Natali's art. I rarely look at drawings and think, "Wow, I want that outfit." And yet, I look at Natali's art and I end up suffering some some ridiculous amounts of envy. For a cartoon. I really need figure out my priorities. Art/Tumblr: NataliKoromoto Art
Gurl's Own Comic ArtistsWe have some awesome gals drawing comics for us every week. If you haven't checked them out lately, um, please do that. You won't regret it. A couple of our own, Heather and Holly, have their own sites as well. Check 'em out! Heather: Art: Miss Heather Twitter: HeatherJKWilson Holly: Art: Welcome To Shylow
Is there a young, female artist that you’ve discovered online that you want the world to know about? Who is your favorite at the moment? Tell us in the comments!