Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Esther McManus

Esther McManus is a printmaker who draws comics. Her screenprints and drawings have a strong sense of narrative, and her stories are inspired by woodlands, folklore, sorcery and the dreamscape. More of her work can be seen on her blog
The Mythical Creatures postcard book is the first Girls Who Draw collaboration which Esther has been involved in. The theme was actually inspired by her illustrations and the book would not have been complete without her. Hopefully Esther will contribute to more publications in the future.

Magical Mina Braun

Mina Braun is originally from Germany, where she studied at the Kassel Academy of Art. After moving to Scotland in 2003, she completed a BA and then a Master degree in illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art. Mina is passionate about drawing and printmaking. Her work is strongly motivated by visual storytelling and takes its inspiration from themes relating to childhood and nature, particularly from the transitional realm of folklore and fairy tales. Reflecting on the notion of entering a different world, her characters often appear to be in a dream-like state: sleeping, flying with closed eyes, or transforming into animals or trees. She currently works from her studio space in Morningside and the Edinburgh Printmakers, where she creates her screen prints.

Mina took part in the Girls Who Draw Magic Show exhibition at Solihull Gallery in 2011. She also created two drawings especially for the Magic zine and colouring book which was published to accompany the exhibition. But Mythical Creatures is the first Girls Who Draw postcard book which has featured Mina's illustrations. Her work is perfect for the theme and, as with Esther McManus, the book would not have been complete without Mina's contribution.

Lee May Foster-Wilson

Lee May Foster-Wilson is an artist and designer who sells her screen printed clothing, illustrated jewellery, accessories and home wares under her label Bonbi Forest. As well as drawing too many horses, cats and trees, she likes to explore the patterns, rhythms, narrative and the connection of people to nature in her paintings and drawings. She then turns her artwork into vibrant textile and jewellery designs for Bonbi Forest.

In the past Lee May has worked with Bat For Lashes, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip and Urban Outfitters and her jewellery and clothing has been seen in Grazia, Look, Marie Claire and The Independent amongst others.

The Mythical Creatures postcard book is the first Girls Who Draw collaboration Lee May has been involved in. She is known for her beautiful equestrian themed designs and her painting of Pegasus is instantly recognisable. Both Lee May and her Pegasus are an essential part of the Mythical Creatures themed book and future exhibitions.

Kristyna Baczynski

Kristyna Baczynski is an illustrator, comic book artist and designer of Yorkshire tongue and Ukrainian blood. She holds a First Class degree in Graphic Arts & Design, a Northern Design Award and was the Thought Bubble 2011 Artist In Residence. She works from her studio in Leeds, freelancing as a designer and illustrator as well as self-publishing comics and zines. 

Kristyna was the first choice for who should create the cover of the Mythical Creatures postcard book and she is going to be a hard act to follow. Her illustrations are beautiful and decorative, her hand drawn lettering is impeccable and she has a unique sense of design. She is also prolific and has created typographic banners aswell a series of repeat patterns for both the Mythical Creatures blog and the Girls Who Draw blog.


Yee Ting Kuit graduated with First Class honours from the BA (Hons) Illustration course at Falmouth College of Arts in 2006. She has been working freelance ever since on a broad range of projects for clients including the Guardian Weekend Magazine, Reed Learning, Tigerprint and Ignite Cornwall. Her work is influenced by pattern, texture, bold bright colours, typography and different printmaking techniques. 

Yee works on both illustrative and graphic design based commmissions and is responsible for the additional design of the Mythical Creatures postcard book including all the postcard backs! She also worked on both the Magic and Menagerie postcard books and has contributed illustrations to all four of the Girls Who Draw publications.

Last but not least...

Karoline is an illustrator who creates images by hand using drawing, painting, silk screen printing and Japanese Gocco printing. She sees her work as a craft and strives to maintain a handmade element which is what initially led her to explore printmaking. She now designs, makes and sells a range of multiples including greetings cards, small artists' books and prints. 
Collaboration and participation are also important elements of Karoline's creative practice; she shares her skills and ideas with others through a variety of projects including limited edition publications, exhibitions and workshops.

After meeting and working with Yee Ting Kuit, Karoline began to look at different ways they could collaborate in order to promote their illustration and in 2008 Karoline organised was the very first Girls Who Draw postcard book, entitled Misfits. She assembled a disparate group of female illustrators many of whom already made their own fanzines, comics and merchandise. One of these illustrators was Gemma Correll, who suggested the theme of Misfits. Together the group were able to publish a promotional postcard book featuring a selection of their own illustrations all based on Gemma's theme. Since then Karoline has gone on to co-ordinate three more Girls Who Draw postcard books, Menagerie, Magic and now Mythical Creatures. She co-ordinates group exhibitions to accompany the books and also works on limited edition fanzines and colouring books featuring her artwork and that of other female illustrators.