As we embark on the new year, we're sharing a series of stories about the artists, musicians, writers, entrepreneurs and more who are poised to do big things in 2017.
"I've always been somebody who does a lot of collaborations," says Julia Rothman, co-founder of the new website Women Who Draw. "This just seems like a natural extension of that: 'How do we all come together and do this thing we want to achieve?"
Rothman and co-founder Wendy MacNaughton are both well-known illustrators who weren't satisfied with the amount of women who were getting hired for jobs at major publications. So they created Women Who Draw, which effectively eliminates any excuse art directors may have for not having diverse rosters of contributors.
Wendy MacNaughton and Julia Rothman, co-founders of Women Who Draw.
It only launched a couple of weeks ago, and already some of the women featured on the site have scored great gigs as a result. "I saw somebody on Instagram had written, 'I just got a job for the New York Times for the first time, and I got it through Women Who Draw,'" says MacNaughton. "That was my Christmas present. It just warmed my whole body."
For those of us lacking a need to hire illustrators? Visiting the site is one of the most pleasurable mental vacations a person can take.
Below, Sweet editors share some of their favorite artists they discovered via Women Who Draw.