I've started a blog post to write down my thoughts as 2016 was coming to a close. I wrote it and rewrote and deleted it and started it again maybe 10 times. I can't seem to put into words how I feel and what my take on this new year is. I have a few super exciting projects coming down the pipeline and I'm looking forward to be sharing those, but the current climate in the US and around the world has been very difficult to navigate in the last few months for me as a woman, an immigrant and a believer in social justice and values of equality, love and decency. My energy has been spent mostly trying to get involved, find how to express my voice and lending my support to those in need while keeping a sense of enthusiasm. It is not easy, and many of my nights have been sleepless, full of worry, anger and anxiety. It takes me a lot to keep working on my art and believe in the purpose of my journey.
But let's not be *all* gloom, here is a good news: I made it onto @thewomenwhodraw directory! I'm so happy to be in the company of such great artists! Yayyy! I've been finding and following a bunch of these ladies and their work on various social media, and it's been inspiring to see what all these beautiful, strong and loud artists are doing.
The Women Who Draw directory is "an open directory of female* professional illustrators, artists and cartoonists who take freelance work. It was created by a group of women artists in an effort to increase the visibility of female illustrators, with an emphasis on female illustrators of color, LBTQ+, and other minority groups of female illustrators. We hope this directory will be used by publishers, art directors and editors to find less visible illustrators, and encourage them to work with these illustrators more frequently.
All women* professional illustrators are encouraged to participate. Simply follow the directions on the JOIN page. We realize that the categories for identification are but a fraction of the ways we self-identify, but these four seem to be a good start at capturing the diversity that exists within the female illustrator community.
*Women Who Draw is trans-inclusive and includes women, trans and gender non-conforming illustrators.
WWD is a labor of love and the site is advertising free. You can help WWD maintain the site and continue to improve is usefulness to artists, art directors and others by contribution on the SUPPORT page."