Women Artists

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By juliedillon
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The other day, I attempted to put together a huge list of some professional and semi-pro women artists over on my tumblr,  because it seems like too often women 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 who are all amazing, who offer unique points of view and design solutions, and who need more visibility and recognition. While putting this list together, I was really excited to find tons of new artists I'd never heard of before. 

Click here to see over 70+ artists I've assembled so far.  It's very image intensive, so be warned. ;) 

Also feel free to suggest or mention more artists, either here or on the tumblr link. :) 

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ElissyFrosty777's avatar
ElissyFrosty777Professional Digital Artist
Here are more very talented and successful female artists =):

Michelle Hoefener  (League of Legends)

Jessica Oyhenart Ball  (League of Legends)

Ayami Kojima  (Castlevania)

Benita Winckler

Terese Nielsen

Olivia De Berardinis

Christy Grandjean

Aurore Demilly (Pixie)

Kyla Sturgeon  (Pie-IX)

Rose Besch

Clamp  (Chobits, Card Captor Sakura, etc.)
    Satsuki Igarashi
    Nanase Ohkawa
    Tsubaki Nekoi

Chiho Saito  (Revolutionary Girl Utena Manga)

Hiromu Arakawa  (Full Metal Alchemist)

Sophie Campbell  (Wet Moon)

Ms,Shatia Hamilton (Fungus Grotto)

Rann (Poison Cage)




Nicole Dubois

Josephine Wall

Sue Dawe
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CorvidCatastropheStudent Digital Artist
Adding this for future reference! <3
rambuncto's avatar
hello!  i love your list and have a few favorites of mine as potential adds, in case anyone needs more proof.  most of the women linked below are animation / comic / illustration artists:

miss paty - misspaty.tumblr.com/
tara mcpherson - www.taramcpherson.com/
nic ter horst - instagram.com/nicterhorst
melissa ballesteros - melivillosa.deviantart.com/
erin hunting - erinhunting.com/
faith erin hicks - www.faitherinhicks.com/index.p…
fawn veerasunthorn - fawnv.tumblr.com/
anna cattish - www.annacattish.com/
laura muller - laumii.tumblr.com/
colleen coover - colleencoover.tumblr.com/
lauren faust - fyre-flye.deviantart.com/
kali fontecchio - kalikazoo.blogspot.com/
marlo meekins - marlomeekins.blogspot.com/
vera brosgol - verabee.com/art
becky dreistadt - pocketowl.deviantart.com/galle…
alina chau - alinanimation.blogspot.com/
brittney lee - britsketch.blogspot.com/
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anotherwandererProfessional Digital Artist
I'm not sure if this project is still going on, but are some i know about on dA:
And i'm not trying to imply that i'm as good as some of those on your list, but am i a horrible person if i also suggest myself? :XD:
Hubby-N-Dad's avatar
wow, been gone a while, like 18 months a while.... anyway, hope this endeavor went well!
Vithrirshound's avatar
Thanks for this brilliant list. One artist I would def put on it is Jackie Morris www.jackiemorris.co.uk/
Among tons of other things, she did the covers for the Robin Hobb books, plus the illustrations in the new novella.
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caradecunha2Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool.......  

If I remember correctly the owner of this gallery is a woman. altalamatox.deviantart.com/gal… and I definetly think she should be in the list! :3
MorchellaElata's avatar
I really appreciate how you're drawing attention to the important contributions of women artists. Your artwork is fantastic and so is your commitment to female artists!
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fydbacProfessional General Artist
Thanks for sharing such an inspiring list! And congratulations on the nomination!

They seriously have not nominated a woman since 1986? Yeah, beyond ridiculous even...
MoDrawzz's avatar
MoDrawzzHobbyist Digital Artist
Great post. A lot of inspiring people here.
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anastasiyacemeteryHobbyist Digital Artist
For true art you have to... how to tell in English... to send in ass all society and its opinions and to be ready not to have any recognition. Society is tasteless, be careful if it loves you
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MoDrawzzHobbyist Digital Artist
I agree. Send the society in your ass and only make art for art sake (and also to make a living of course). Good comment.
krukof2's avatar
Thanks a lot  
very interesting .
The good is that  lot of these incredible artists are famous , and some  real stars since the 80's.
IAstartov's avatar
Congratulations on nomination! It's really strange, since I saw many awesome women artists. Some things are hard to change, sadly.
Thanks for the list!
jamajamama's avatar
It's good to see that there are people trying their best to promote recognition of (female) artists. One of the reasons why it even came to this situation, I believe, is the pressure males still seem to receive in the western world to be successful at what they do, while women tend to be told that they just have to find a successful partner/aren't even motivated in the same way. I might be wrong, though.
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ARCrebsProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks for compiling this list. It's great to see so many fantastic female artists. This is something I've noticed as well even when working with and going to school with male artists. Sometimes I just wasn't taken seriously if I wasn't making something cute and fluffy. 
Here's another artist that I personally love. Her stuff is so amazing, and I can only wish to be as good as her some day. :iconeventrue: I did not see her on the list, unless I accidentally overlooked her! Though she has a lot of views and followers, it saddens me that it isn't as much as some of the male counterparts involved in the art in Legend of the Cryptids, and I personally think hers blows many of the others away. Not dogging on anyone's talents, of course. 

Congrats on the Hugo award! You deserve it. :)
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VexcelHobbyist General Artist
I knew that women artists tend to be less recognized but I didn't know it was this bad O.o
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ceruleanviiProfessional Digital Artist
Also wanted to add... not really in defense of the other poster, but in terms of subject matter... I teach a digital illustration course and so many of the women in the class want to go into children's book illustration. I've only had males interested in concept art. As far as sci-fi/fantasy art, I think there probably are more men artists in the field than women, just because the women gravitate towards childrens books, greeting card illustration, etc. HOWEVER... I found it very hard to believe that Hugo Award judges have only been able to find two worthy female nominees in the past twenty-odd years. There are obviously lots of competent female illustrators based on your list alone. What could be the reason other than sexism? Perhaps the judges were all male? If that's the case they need to open it up. Not to bag on all men, but when it comes to judging art, I've found them to be a lot more close-minded than women when it comes to what they deem "acceptable" subject matter, especially in the concept/sci fi/fantasy areas.
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Well, that brings up the question.. are the women drawn to children's book illustration and men drawn to concept art because those styles inherently appeal specifically to one gender, or is it that men and women are encouraged and socialized in different ways and that specific styles of art are considered acceptable and appropriate for each gender? It's probably a little of both. There's also the matter of, why are children's books and greeting card illustration considered lesser quality than concept art? One could make the argument that concept art often appears to showcase more technical skill, but children's book illustration still requires composition, design, style, etc, as well as storytelling and variety  (how many concept art pieces have you seen posted that are the same rehashed themes over and over?). Not just children's book illustration, but anything overly decorative or ornate or feminine in it's approach or style or intended audience. (I remember the CA.org people not dealing well with your beautifully rendered work because several of the paintings didn't cater specifically to the usual straight male gaze). I've been thinking about this a lot in particular - why more typically feminine, decorative, or female-gaze art is generally considered less serious or impressive, that sometimes women aren't considered "good" unless they are indistinguishable from their male counterparts instead of being allowed and respected for their own viewpoint (that isn't to say their viewpoint has to be feminine! It's just that when it is, it doesn't hold the same weight). And yeeeaaahhh art awards in general need to open up and look at a broader range of artists and art. The more women  that are showcased and spotlighted, the more beginner artists can see that women can have a place in any corner of the art world if they work hard enough at it. (same goes for POC)  Anyway, sorry to ramble on like that. My thoughts on all this still are sometimes a little confused and convoluted X) 
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Gold-SevenProfessional Traditional Artist
Julie, you sum up so many things that are on my mind on and off - just today, my hubby and I were talking about this exact thing, that activities, things, styles etc associated with women hold less worth than those associated with men. 

I'm quite proud to be raising a boy and a girl who are less indoctrinated in these things, because we constantly try to create a balance and offer encouragement for both of them to explore whatever they like. We had a great scene yesterday. In the library, my daughter put two Batman books on the librarian's desk. The librarian stared at her. "You read that?" - "Yes," my daughter said. - "Normally, it's the boys who take out those," the librarian said. - "I like Batman," was my daughter's reply. "I have a knight's castle at home. And my brother plays with Filly horses, too." 

If only we could raise more kids like that... 
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ceruleanviiProfessional Digital Artist
You make some great points here, Julie. I think I recall reading studies of young children where girls were definitely attracted to "girly" toys and boys gravitated towards the more "boyish" ones. So maybe some of it is ingrained in our gender... But nature, nurture, that's not what's important. The simple fact is what you point out - women's work is not valued by our male dominated society. Nurses, teachers, moms who stay at home, women artists - all their contributions are held in less esteem than work done by men. Is that because men call all the shots? Do we as women follow along just to "fit in"?

That CA review where I was ridiculed for my subject matter - yeah I was blindsided by that I'll admit. But it opened my eyes to a lot of things. The main one being that if I wanted to be a succesful professional artist I'd have to stop doing what I love, female centric art, and make what appealed more to the male gaze. So I decided not to ever go pro. It's more fun this way, even if my audience is limited. I guess the patriarchy won one there.

Why does the feminine viewpoint hold less weight? Because women hold less weight in our society. If a man was to appreciate a female-centric piece of art, he would be acknowledging he has a feminine side... Which is the worst thing for a man in our world, because feminine is associated with weakness. Why is that? Because we show emotion? Hell, women are strong, in a way men either don't understand or refuse to. We nurture life, give birth which is the most intense thing a human can experience, we are fiercely loyal to our children and would fight to the death to protect them. How is that weak?

A lot of this is so deeply ingrained in our culture, in our history, that I think any change will be slow to happen. But I have meant to say congratulations to you on the nomination! You are perhaps the first step in a much needed change over at the Hugo awards. You have shown that a woman can compete with the men. Hopefully next year there will be more women among the nominees. We can hope, right?
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Gold-SevenProfessional Traditional Artist
Fantastic discussion here, both of you. Thanks for that. 
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ceruleanviiProfessional Digital Artist
Very inspiring.
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