Women Artists Will Rule the Internet This Year

Thanks to this new website that supports them.

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.

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Leah Reena Goren

East Coast (US), Jewish

Picked By: Rebecca Deczynski, editorial assistant, @rebeccadecz

Why I Love It: Goren's use of bright fuschia makes every illustration glow with good vibes.

To See More: leahgoren.com.

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Avalon Nuovo

West Coast (US), Europe

Picked By: Nicola Dall'Asen, editorial intern, @nikkidallasen

Why I Love It: Even in quick sketches, Nuovo conveys deep emotion with strategic blurring and color placement alone.

To See More: avalonnuovo.com.

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Priscilla Weidlein

East Coast (US)

Picked By: Chanel Parks, beauty editor, @chanelinezp

Why I Love It: Personally, I love looking at lush fruits and plants, and Weidlein feeds into that aesthetic need by incorporating various types of beautiful vegetation in her illustrations—whether it makes sense or not!

To See More: priscillaweidlein.com.

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Lauren Tamaki

East Coast (US), Asian/American, Middle Eastern, Multiracial, Canada

Picked By: Mallory Rice, deputy editor, @mallory-rice

Why I Love It: OK, I'm totally cheating! I know Lauren! We used to work together (and sit next to each other) at the fashion brand Kate Spade Saturday (RIP). I've always been so impressed with her fashion drawings—they're romantic and chic and yet there's still this very "Lauren" quality to them that makes her subjects look like kooky, cool, original people you'd actually want to be friends with.

To See More: laurentamaki.com.

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Frances Marin

West Coast (US)

Picked by: Stefan Marolachakis, senior editor, @stefanmymind

Why I Love It: Whether she's creating a portrait of Sade or a still life of an El Camino against a desert backdrop, Marin infuses all of her work with a magic realism I find entrancing.

To See More: francesmarin.com.

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Shannon Taylor

West Coast (US)

Picked By: Nora Menken, administrative assistant, @noralily

Why I Love It: I love the way she combines unexpected images as if it were mixed-media, with both intricate details and dense colors.

To See More: shannondtaylor.com

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Sara Andreasson

Atheist, Europe

Picked By: Ryan Duffin, assistant photo editor, @ryanduffin

Why I Love It: She knows how to choose a perfect color palette and this piece reminds me of a contemporary Matisse cutout.

To See More: saraandreasson.se.

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Grace Helmer

Atheist, Europe

Picked By: Rebecca Bates, senior editor, @re.beccabates

Why I Love It: At once painterly and cartoon-like—a bit like Alex Katz if everyone in Alex Katz's paintings were on an anti-anxiety.

To See More: gracehelmer.co.uk.

For more, visit womenwhodraw.com.

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