New Membership Submissions Open! 9/1/2018 to 1/2/2019!

Are You Interested in Being A Part Of Girls Drawin Girls?

New Membership Submissions Open Now Until January 2nd, 2019!

If you would like to join the ranks of the leading international group of women artists, animators, comic creators, and all around amazing ladies. Please submit 3-5 pieces of your own original art and a $5 submission fee to:

PayPal: GirlsDrawinGirls@gmail.com

If you are selected, the $5 submission fee will go toward your membership dues and it is required upon submission. Of the 3 art pieces that you submit, please include at least one of the pieces be of a female.

Wondering What Kind of Art You Should Send?

We are looking for new members that demonstrate an understanding of anatomy, form, and convey a sense of their own personal style. Don’t be shy! We have members of many different skill levels and career types.

The Group is about empowering and supporting one another as we continue to pursue our artistic journey and goals!

 

Artist Spotlight: Asher Benson Talks Rudicorn Series & Speaking Up!

Where are you from / currently live?

AB: I’m from Wilmington, DE and I currently live in Laveen, AZ

Could you give us a brief overview of your art background (when you first became interested in art, education, work history, etc…) we just need a couple sentences, doesn’t have to be full bio. 

AB: I always loved art and grew up in a household that didn’t hold me back from it. I was fortunate. I went to Cab Calloway School of Art in Wilmington, DE and then went on to Delaware College of Art and Design, and finished my Fine Art Bachelors degree at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. I’m currently in school for a Master in Toy Design. 

Describe some of the jobs you have done professionally how they have helped develop your artistic skills.

AB: I was relentless with Mattel, and finally was given the chance to take the test for Monster High some years ago. This really showed me the level of organization they required from their artists, and helped to make transitioning between various companies easier. I’ve worked on Polly Pocket and Disney Princess concept work for Hasbro, and Hairdorables rendering is my most recent work for Just Play. There are others, but I think these shaped my process the most.

Is it challenging to find your personal identity as an artist?

AB: It is extremely difficult. Most people feel they have to relate to something or put your work into a category they’re familiar with in order to approach you at conventions. And perspective clients, seem to also put you into one category. I can say that years ago, I was turned down for work from Hasbro, because someone on the team thought my work was too “edgy”. Sometimes you have to speak up, and other times, you just have to simply smile and nod.

What do you find is your biggest struggle as an artist?

AB: One of my biggest struggles is finding a platform for my work. Living in Arizona, I’m not very close to many conventions or areas where I can show what I can do all year round. I’ve also attempted to try for jobs that I would absolutely love, but they’re out of state, and no  matter how willing you are to move quickly, they’ll usually pick the person local to the area around them.

I’m not someone who can take that leap of faith and just hope that a position comes around in order to pay my bills, so I do the best I can to travel out of state to platforms where I can reach new groups of people.

What is the inspiration behind your “Rudicorn” series?

AB: I think my inspiration behind the Rudicorns, is that I’ve always tried to be as pleasant and understanding as I can when conversing with anyone, but I also find that there are ones that take advantage of it.  In “polite society”, you still have to get along with everyone, even if you’re annoyed about something and you just want to give them a piece of your mind.

This was an outlet for me to be snarky and to just let some of those frustrations go. I tried to come up with a set of unicorns at the time that were the all around kind and filled with love types, but the longer I looked at them…I really wondered if that’s how they’d act. I said to myself at 3am…”You wouldn’t be kind. You’d be awful…pretty awful!!” And tagline was born along with my Rudicorns brand.

Have you ever experienced self doubt or lack of confidence as an artist?  If so, how do you overcome it?

AB: That’s my constant. I’m always second guessing myself and the decisions I make, and to be brutally honest, I’m my worst critic! But I know that I can be as weepy and sad about circumstances, but I can’t stop moving forward. Even at my worst, I gave myself a few days to attend my pity party, and then I burned that place down to the ground as I left. If I stay in my disappointment, and self loathing, what gets done?! Who will fight my fights for me? Does anything ever change if I refuse to change? I

n order to get some of that negativity out of my head, I keep busy….VERY busy. I plan the next project, maybe several. I plan for my next convention, or I apply for that job I really want, I just throw as many well placed balls in the air as possible that I know…and that’s the key…know that I can handle when they all start coming down. Hope for the best, plan for the worst.

Do you think it is common or artistic types of people to experience self doubt?

AB: I think anyone experiences self doubt at some time in their lives. If they say they haven’t, then they’d be lying. It’s normal. You want to have the best possible outcome, but there’s no cheat sheet to life, so some of those decisions and outcomes are going to be hard on you.

Have you always wanted to be an artist?

AB: Yes, I’ve always wanted to be an artist. I started out wanting to be an animator, which is why I have a Fine Arts degree in Animation, but I quickly found my love in concept designs and I was fortunate to have family that supported my ambition and goals.

Is there a type of art that you‘ve always wanted to learn? 

AB: I always wanted to learn 3D imagery. I’m in school partially because of that now.

Who is the most influential woman artist for you?

AB: Honestly my biggest influence is my mother. She used to draw and still likes to joke that I “sucked it out of her”, but those little doodles she used to do for me where significant and irreplaceable parts of my childhood.

You don’t have to be the most talented, or the top artist of your field to be influential. It’s how you carry yourself, the care you show in your work, and how you develop relationships with others around you. Even making my favorite Disney princess, I don’t think she truly understood how that shaped my path. So, thanks Kathy. You’re my biggest influence and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Based on your professional experiences, do you have any advice for aspiring young women artists?

AB: Stop apologizing and speak up!

I struggle with this, and never realized how many times I’ve said, “I’m sorry” to people I’ve done nothing to… I’ve even said I’m sorry to inanimate objects! It was built into me, and I feel like this makes me come off as shy and more easier to push around. I never raised my voice as a kid, and this followed me through high school and college.

It still hinders me at work, and I find that I have to exert extra effort to be heard because again, it was a habit I learned to commit to when I was little. You don’t have to fade into the background, you’re allowed to have a voice and you’re allowed to reach for the same goals as everyone else around you. So speak up and stop apologizing for going for what you want.

Thanks Asher for bringing up some really good points! Please show her some love in the comment section below!

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you have to use extra energy to make yourself heard?

Speaking up for yourself as an Artist and as a woman in the professional world can be challenging for some.

If you find that a habit of not speaking up is causing you to experience negative interactions professionally; like being undermined or ignored and therefore are not being respected. Don’t be afraid to take the time to find ways or seek help for overcoming habits that you feel are not helping you advance in your personal life, career, and abilities.

Remember that confidence comes with strong actions! It’s okay to naturally be a quiet or reserved person, but in the end the amount of work that you put into a project should demonstrate your strengths and abilities.

Once you find your voice, don’t be afraid to use it and show people that you are a boss babe that is confident in your abilities and deserve respect and recognition for your hard work!

GDG & Gallery Girls Team Up for Speakeasy Life Drawing

Girls Drawing Girls & The Gallery Girls are teaming up for a one-night Drawing Extravaganza!

Join the members and Founder of Girls Drawin’ Girls along with the lovely and inspiring women of Gallery Girls for one night of decadence and creativity.

 

“THE SPEAKEASY”
With multiple Models, Art, Drinks, Live Music, & More!

WHEN:

Saturday, August 18th, 2018
8:00 to Midnight

WHERE:

Nelson Creative Space
13133 Saticoy Street
North Hollywood, CA

ADMISSION:

$5 entry
$20 entry with life drawing

We are encouraging dressing up! Tap into your inner flapper or bootlegger for a discount!

$3 entry with costume
$15 entry with costume and life drawing

MODELS – Marissa Gomez, Johnathan Cripple & Jennifer Fabos Patton

LIVE MUSIC – Marissa Gomez and Guitarist & More

Come and draw amazing models!Drink and Socialize in the Speakeasy Lounge. Look and Buy Great Art to support women artists!

Independent Shorts Awards Features GDG Member: Leslie Abney!

GDG Member Leslie Abney featured on the Independent Shorts Awards

Leslie Abney teamed up with Tonya Kay on an amazing filming project to complete the storyboards for the short entitled, “The Ascension of Ava Delaine.” This 5 minute short film was shot entirely on drone, in one single take. Wow!

Leslie storyboarded not only an Official Selection at the Independent Shorts Awards, but also an Honorable Mention win at Hollywood New Director’s Film Fest, a Semi-Finalist at Los Angeles Cinefest and an Official Selection at Female Filmmakers Film Fest!

The Ascension of Ava Deliane,” is a short film project that reveals the bold efforts of a woman transitioning into a more secure, confident, sexual, and progressively more valuable woman as she ages. The filming project is the Directorial debut of Tonya Kay, and was lead by a diverse team and crew that strove to break boundaries and helped to increase the representation of women and minorities. This female-led and female-centered project had a crew where 80% were female and 30% were People of Color.

Other Team members included Andria Chamberlin who served as the Cinematographer/Drone operator, Writer and Co-Producer Shaula Evans, and Sound Designer Jaimie Billings; who all contributed their skills and experience on this fantastic and impressive film project!

Congratulations Leslie, Tonya, Andria, Shaula, and Jaimie! We here at GDG can’t wait to see you soar high again!

“Don’t dream it, be it!”

-Melody Severns

Girls Drawin’ Girls Booth & Panel at San Diego Comic Con 2018

Girls Drawin’ Girls will be at Booth #5628. Our Booth will be in the aisle that is just behind the Marvel, Boom! Studios, and Sideshow Collectibles Booths in the Exhibit Hall. Look for the Banners mounted above to find what aisle number you are on and where to find us!

Stop by Our Booth to Meet the following Artists for Comic Con Exclusive Signings.

Leen Isabel – Wed 7/18 3pm to 9pm & Sat 9:00am to 10:30am 

Liz Climo Signing – Sat 7/21 5pm to 6pm

Liz will be signing a Special GDG Themed Print

Remember to Support Women Artists At San Diego Comic Con 2018! 

 

Also, Be Sure to Come to Our Panel! 

Pinup From A Woman’s Perspective on Fri 7/20 at 7:30pm to 8:30pm in Room 24ABC.

Panelists include Melody Severns (GDG founder and Simpsons artist), Noelle Raffaele (WB director of DC Girls), Aisling Harbert-Phillips (Deluxe special effects artist), and Leen Isabel (Pole Dancing Adventures). Since 2006, GirlsDrawinGirls has grown from just 18 local LA women to around 200 women artists from all over the world. They are all professionals in the animation, comics, video games, and film industry and have chosen to draw pinup art, which has been predominately male dominated, to showcase the art from a female point of view. By redefining the pinup, they are not only setting the focus on the diverse and talented women in the entertainment arts industry, they are also embracing their own take on their bodies and their sexuality on their terms.

GDG will also be hosting a Meet & Greet that is open to the public on Thursday 7/19/2018. Come try out Gigi’s Ale and meet the Founders and Artists involved with the Girls Drawin’ Girls Group! Support Women Artists and Small Businesses run and lead by such talented and ambitious independent women!

Comic Con 2018 Extravaganza at The Bell Marker Brewery

Join the Founders and Members of Girls Drawin’ Girls for a pint of Gigi’s Ale, At the Bell Marker Brewery at San Diego Comic Con 2018.

Girls Drawin’ Girls will be hosting an awesome 21+ event for their fans, Members, and the public at the Bell Marker Brewery  on Thursday 7/19/2018. GDG collaborated with the two time Medal Winner of the World Beer Cup and Gold Medal Winner of the Great American Beer Festival, Ignacio “Nacho” Cervates. To create our very own signature beer, Gigi’s Ale for Comic Con 2018!

There will be a special Artist signing area with the wonderful and talented Asher Benson, the Artist behind the beautiful label for Gigi’s Session Ale! Other amazing Artist’s Leen Isabel & Ashley Cooper will also participate in this very special and exclusive Artist signing for Girls Drawin’ Girls!

Food & Drink Specials, Gift Bags full of exclusive Comic Con swag.

Custom GDG Art Prints and Merchandise for sale and the GDG Looney Tunes Art Show.

Ticketed VIP Area where you can meet and network with GDG Members and other Industry Professionals.

Come try out Gigi’s Ale and meet the Founders and Artists involved with Girls Drawin’ Girls Group! Support Women Artists and Small Businesses run and lead by such talented and ambitious independent women!

Remember to also stop by and say “Hello” at our Booth #5628 at the Exhibit Hall inside of the San Diego Convention Center.

Also, be sure to come to our Panel Pinup From A Woman’s Perspective on Fri 7/20 at 7:30pm to 8:30pm in Room 24ABC.

Comic Con 2018 flyer

The Bell Marker Brewery & Kitchen

602 Broadway San Diego, CA 92101

DATE AND TIME

Thursday, July 19th, 7pm-12am

Private VIP Event from 7-9pm
VIP $30 ticket, includes:
  • Meet the artists and founders of GDG, and other great members of the Entertainment Industry at Comic Con 2018
  • Sips & Bites, including Gigi’s Session Ale!
  • Gift Bag w/ GDG Vol. 4 book and The Bell Marker swag bag

Artist Spotlight: Rosana Iarusso

Where are you from / currently live?

RI: I’m from and live in New York!

Could you give us a brief overview of your art background?

RI: I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil so art has always been a part of my life. I owe a lot to my elementary school art teacher, he actually taught us about perspective and proportions of the face very early on, so that was a tremendous help later down the line. 

I attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and earned my BFA in Illustration and took a bunch of CGMA/Schoolism character design classes. Currently, I’m working as a graphic designer and freelance character designer/illustrator. 

Describe some of the jobs you have done professionally how they have helped develop your artistic skills.

RI: I had a character design job for a music video where I had to come up with designs for a bunch of 1930s style characters.

It helped me learn how to draw and tackle a different art style than my own. (On top of helping me work on my turn around skills.)

What artist influences your style the most?

RI: There’s a bunch, so this is a tough one. I’d say the following list of artists are ones that I admire and look up to their work a lot whether they are still around or not: Mary Blair, Al Hirschfeld, Lorelay Bove, Amanda Jolly, Peter Emmerich, Liana Hee, Carter Goodrich, Tim Oreb, Ronald Searle and probably many many more.

What do you find is your biggest struggle as an artist?

RI: Right now one of my biggest struggles is holding myself back and figuring out where to start with some of my projects, coming up with ideas/concepts. Sometimes when I have a project in mind, I second guess myself, and the project becomes daunting and that makes it harder for me to start. 

It takes me a while to overcome this fear and I’m trying to get better at fixing this made up fear.

Where do you find your inspiration for your art?

RI: I could be inspired by anything and everything! I would say my art inspiration these days are very much inspired by fashion (especially 50s fashion), mid century modern items, people on the NYC streets, music and the seasons of the year.

Have you ever experienced self doubt or lack of confidence as an artist?  If so, how do you overcome it?

RI: Yes, a lot of the time I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. Usually, that means I need to take a minute/a break 

from what I’m doing and try something new. I tend to flip flop from digital art to painting something and most recently I’ve tried embroidery. So that and asking myself how can I switch up this drawing usually helps keep me from becoming stale and creating fresh work.

Have you always wanted to be an artist?

RI: Yes, I think so! When I was little I think I might have wanted to be an art teacher for a very brief moment!

Is there a type of art that you‘ve always wanted to learn?

RI: I would love to try sculpting one of my characters one of these days! Or lino cut and plein air looks fun!

Who is the most influential woman artist for you?

RI: Right now there are two. 

Mary Blair, her paintings and use of color are always so inspiring and definitely one of my good friends, Kristen Sgalambro, she creates amazing paper art and has this crazy drive & work ethic, I definitely look up to her a lot. 

Based on your professional experiences, do you have any advice for aspiring young women artists? 

RI: I’d say to keep drawing no matter if anyone (or yourself) tells you other wise, you can do it! 

Create things that you enjoy; your work will show if you’re having fun or not so try and remember to have fun while creating! 🙂 

Thanks for reading! Please leave a comment for Rosana! 

 

Past Events Archive

An archive of past Events that GDG’s has participated.

 

PAST EVENTS

June 2018     Pinup Art Show at Pinup Pole Show in Hollywood
March  2018     Eagle-Con

Oct 2017       Sony World Animation Celebration
July 2017      San Diego Comic-Con
June 2017     Pinup Art Show at Pinup Pole Show in Hollywood
May 2017     Book signing at Galerie Arludik in Paris, France
Mar 2017     Pinup Art Show at Pinup Pole Show in Hollywood
Oct 2016     New York Comic-Con

Aug 2016     Pinup Art Show at Pinup Pole Show in Hollywood
July 2016     San Diego Comic-Con
July 2016     San Diego Comic-Con Show at Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego
Feb 2016     Laluzapalooza at La Luz De Jesus Gallery
Oct 2015     New York Comic-Con
July 2015     “What’s Pinup, Doc?” 10th Anniversary Show at Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego
Jun 2015     “UCLA Animation Workshop” talk
Nov 2014     “The Empowerment of the Pin-Up” at the Wallance L Anderson Gallery in Boston
May 2014     Red Dot Auction at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
Apr 2014     “Soiree De Filles” Art Show at Gallery 1548 Los Angeles
Sept 2013      Book Signing at The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco
July 2013       San Diego Comic-Con 2013
June 2013     Pasadena Chalk Festival
May 2013       Gallery Show at Galerie Arludik in Paris, France
April 2013      C2E2 Comic Convention in Chicago
March 2013   “Motown March” Gallery Show
Feb 2013       “Muse-box” Gallery Show
Feb 2013       “Press Paws” Gallery Show at Gallery Nucleus in Pasadena
Oct 2012        “Highway Hotties” GDG Presents the Art of Natalie Zigal” Gallery Show at the Automobile Driving Museum
July 2012       San Diego Comic-Con 2012
July 2012       “GirlsDrawinONGirls” Gallery Show at Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena
June 2012     “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” Gallery Show at Mom’s Bar in Santa Monica
March 2012   “For the Love of Fromage” Gallery Show at Mom’s Bar in Santa Monica
July 2011       San Diego Comic-Con 2011
July 2011       “The Way Nature Made Her” Gallery Show at Vlad the Retailer
Oct 2010        New York Comic Con
Aug 2010       Book Signing at The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco
July 2010       NYC Gallery Show sponsored by Antagonist Art Movement
July 2010       San Diego Comic-Con 2010
June 2010     Pasadena Chalk Festival
Feb 2010       Vlad the Retailer Gallery, Silverlake, CA “Bitter / Sweet Valentine”
Dec 2009       Miss Scarlet in the Parlor, Echo Park, CA, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
Oct 2009        Hyaena Gallery, Burbank CA, “Halloween Show”
Sept 2009      The Hive Galley, Los Angeles, CA, Featured Artists
Aug 2009       Meltdown Gallery & Comics, Hollywood, CA “Girls of Summer”
July 2009       2009 San Diego Comic-Con, San Diego, CA
June 2009     16th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival, Pasadena CA
Mar 2009       Studio 806, Santa Monica, CA “The Studio 806 Show”
July 2008       2009 San Diego Comic-Con, San Diego, CA
June 2008     The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Vol II Premiere Show”
June 2008     15th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival, Pasadena CA
Dec 2007       Nordstrom at the Grove, Los Angeles, CA “Seychelles Art Show”
Nov 2007       FastFrame, Glendale, CA “Selected Vol I Gallery Show”
Oct 2007       The Castle Green, Pasadena, CA “Vol I Gallery Art Show”
July 2007       2009 San Diego Comic-Con, San Diego, CA
June 2007     14h Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival, Pasadena CA
(1st Place- Best Animation)
May 2007       “Star Wars” The Vader Project – Darth Vader Helmet by GDG in this touring show
Jan 2007       Pehrspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Vol I Premiere Show”