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The other day, I attempted to put together a huge list of some professional and semi-pro women artists over on my tumblr,  because it seems like too often women get overlooked when it comes to being honored and recognized. This year, I was incredibly honored to be nominated for a Hugo award in the Best Professional Artist category, but I was a little shocked to find out there hadn’t been another woman nominated in that category since Rowena Morrill in 1986. That’s more than a little ridiculous, considering there are so many women artists out there who are all amazing, who offer unique points of view and design solutions, and who need more visibility and recognition. While putting this list together, I was really excited to find tons of new artists I'd never heard of before. 

Click here to see over 70+ artists I've assembled so far.  It's very image intensive, so be warned. ;) 

Also feel free to suggest or mention more artists, either here or on the tumblr link. :) 

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rambuncto Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
hello!  i love your list and have a few favorites of mine as potential adds, in case anyone needs more proof.  most of the women linked below are animation / comic / illustration artists:

miss paty - misspaty.tumblr.com/
tara mcpherson - www.taramcpherson.com/
nic ter horst - instagram.com/nicterhorst
melissa ballesteros - melivillosa.deviantart.com/
erin hunting - erinhunting.com/
faith erin hicks - www.faitherinhicks.com/index.p…
fawn veerasunthorn - fawnv.tumblr.com/
anna cattish - www.annacattish.com/
laura muller - laumii.tumblr.com/
colleen coover - colleencoover.tumblr.com/
lauren faust - fyre-flye.deviantart.com/
kali fontecchio - kalikazoo.blogspot.com/
marlo meekins - marlomeekins.blogspot.com/
vera brosgol - verabee.com/art
becky dreistadt - pocketowl.deviantart.com/galle…
alina chau - alinanimation.blogspot.com/
brittney lee - britsketch.blogspot.com/
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anotherwanderer Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not sure if this project is still going on, but are some i know about on dA:
tincek-marincek.deviantart.com…
manadhiel.deviantart.com/
evniki.deviantart.com/
lmessecar.deviantart.com/
gunnerromantic.deviantart.com/…
calirezo.deviantart.com/
saimain.deviantart.com/
And i'm not trying to imply that i'm as good as some of those on your list, but am i a horrible person if i also suggest myself? :XD:
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Hubby-N-Dad Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
wow, been gone a while, like 18 months a while.... anyway, hope this endeavor went well!
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Vithrirshound Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Thanks for this brilliant list. One artist I would def put on it is Jackie Morris www.jackiemorris.co.uk/
Among tons of other things, she did the covers for the Robin Hobb books, plus the illustrations in the new novella.
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caradecunha2 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool.......  

If I remember correctly the owner of this gallery is a woman. altalamatox.deviantart.com/gal… and I definetly think she should be in the list! :3
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MorchellaElata Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
I really appreciate how you're drawing attention to the important contributions of women artists. Your artwork is fantastic and so is your commitment to female artists!
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fydbac Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for sharing such an inspiring list! And congratulations on the nomination!

They seriously have not nominated a woman since 1986? Yeah, beyond ridiculous even...
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MoDrawzz Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great post. A lot of inspiring people here.
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anastasiyacemetery Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For true art you have to... how to tell in English... to send in ass all society and its opinions and to be ready not to have any recognition. Society is tasteless, be careful if it loves you
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MoDrawzz Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree. Send the society in your ass and only make art for art sake (and also to make a living of course). Good comment.
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krukof2 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional
Thanks a lot  
very interesting .
The good is that  lot of these incredible artists are famous , and some  real stars since the 80's.
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IAstartov Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Congratulations on nomination! It's really strange, since I saw many awesome women artists. Some things are hard to change, sadly.
Thanks for the list!
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jamajamama Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
It's good to see that there are people trying their best to promote recognition of (female) artists. One of the reasons why it even came to this situation, I believe, is the pressure males still seem to receive in the western world to be successful at what they do, while women tend to be told that they just have to find a successful partner/aren't even motivated in the same way. I might be wrong, though.
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ARCrebs Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for compiling this list. It's great to see so many fantastic female artists. This is something I've noticed as well even when working with and going to school with male artists. Sometimes I just wasn't taken seriously if I wasn't making something cute and fluffy. 
Here's another artist that I personally love. Her stuff is so amazing, and I can only wish to be as good as her some day. :iconeventrue: I did not see her on the list, unless I accidentally overlooked her! Though she has a lot of views and followers, it saddens me that it isn't as much as some of the male counterparts involved in the art in Legend of the Cryptids, and I personally think hers blows many of the others away. Not dogging on anyone's talents, of course. 

Congrats on the Hugo award! You deserve it. :)
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EVentrue Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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Vexcel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew that women artists tend to be less recognized but I didn't know it was this bad O.o
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Also wanted to add... not really in defense of the other poster, but in terms of subject matter... I teach a digital illustration course and so many of the women in the class want to go into children's book illustration. I've only had males interested in concept art. As far as sci-fi/fantasy art, I think there probably are more men artists in the field than women, just because the women gravitate towards childrens books, greeting card illustration, etc. HOWEVER... I found it very hard to believe that Hugo Award judges have only been able to find two worthy female nominees in the past twenty-odd years. There are obviously lots of competent female illustrators based on your list alone. What could be the reason other than sexism? Perhaps the judges were all male? If that's the case they need to open it up. Not to bag on all men, but when it comes to judging art, I've found them to be a lot more close-minded than women when it comes to what they deem "acceptable" subject matter, especially in the concept/sci fi/fantasy areas.
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juliedillon Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Well, that brings up the question.. are the women drawn to children's book illustration and men drawn to concept art because those styles inherently appeal specifically to one gender, or is it that men and women are encouraged and socialized in different ways and that specific styles of art are considered acceptable and appropriate for each gender? It's probably a little of both. There's also the matter of, why are children's books and greeting card illustration considered lesser quality than concept art? One could make the argument that concept art often appears to showcase more technical skill, but children's book illustration still requires composition, design, style, etc, as well as storytelling and variety  (how many concept art pieces have you seen posted that are the same rehashed themes over and over?). Not just children's book illustration, but anything overly decorative or ornate or feminine in it's approach or style or intended audience. (I remember the CA.org people not dealing well with your beautifully rendered work because several of the paintings didn't cater specifically to the usual straight male gaze). I've been thinking about this a lot in particular - why more typically feminine, decorative, or female-gaze art is generally considered less serious or impressive, that sometimes women aren't considered "good" unless they are indistinguishable from their male counterparts instead of being allowed and respected for their own viewpoint (that isn't to say their viewpoint has to be feminine! It's just that when it is, it doesn't hold the same weight). And yeeeaaahhh art awards in general need to open up and look at a broader range of artists and art. The more women  that are showcased and spotlighted, the more beginner artists can see that women can have a place in any corner of the art world if they work hard enough at it. (same goes for POC)  Anyway, sorry to ramble on like that. My thoughts on all this still are sometimes a little confused and convoluted X) 
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Julie, you sum up so many things that are on my mind on and off - just today, my hubby and I were talking about this exact thing, that activities, things, styles etc associated with women hold less worth than those associated with men. 

I'm quite proud to be raising a boy and a girl who are less indoctrinated in these things, because we constantly try to create a balance and offer encouragement for both of them to explore whatever they like. We had a great scene yesterday. In the library, my daughter put two Batman books on the librarian's desk. The librarian stared at her. "You read that?" - "Yes," my daughter said. - "Normally, it's the boys who take out those," the librarian said. - "I like Batman," was my daughter's reply. "I have a knight's castle at home. And my brother plays with Filly horses, too." 

If only we could raise more kids like that... 
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You make some great points here, Julie. I think I recall reading studies of young children where girls were definitely attracted to "girly" toys and boys gravitated towards the more "boyish" ones. So maybe some of it is ingrained in our gender... But nature, nurture, that's not what's important. The simple fact is what you point out - women's work is not valued by our male dominated society. Nurses, teachers, moms who stay at home, women artists - all their contributions are held in less esteem than work done by men. Is that because men call all the shots? Do we as women follow along just to "fit in"?

That CA review where I was ridiculed for my subject matter - yeah I was blindsided by that I'll admit. But it opened my eyes to a lot of things. The main one being that if I wanted to be a succesful professional artist I'd have to stop doing what I love, female centric art, and make what appealed more to the male gaze. So I decided not to ever go pro. It's more fun this way, even if my audience is limited. I guess the patriarchy won one there.

Why does the feminine viewpoint hold less weight? Because women hold less weight in our society. If a man was to appreciate a female-centric piece of art, he would be acknowledging he has a feminine side... Which is the worst thing for a man in our world, because feminine is associated with weakness. Why is that? Because we show emotion? Hell, women are strong, in a way men either don't understand or refuse to. We nurture life, give birth which is the most intense thing a human can experience, we are fiercely loyal to our children and would fight to the death to protect them. How is that weak?

A lot of this is so deeply ingrained in our culture, in our history, that I think any change will be slow to happen. But I have meant to say congratulations to you on the nomination! You are perhaps the first step in a much needed change over at the Hugo awards. You have shown that a woman can compete with the men. Hopefully next year there will be more women among the nominees. We can hope, right?
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic discussion here, both of you. Thanks for that. 
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very inspiring.
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Finickii Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thank you so much for this list. It means a lot to me to have so many incredible women artists killing it in all these different art fields.

I'm acutely aware of my presence as a woman of color in a field aggressively defended by men, so this keeps my spirits up and my eyes on the prize when negativity gets too heavy.
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Stig-2k Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, there are some incredible artists on your list here.

I seem to be collecting inspirational artists at the moment, and your list has catapulted me into the stratosphere of artist collection, thank you! This will help and inspire me further - not to mention your work too, truly awe-struck by it. :)
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Rorke Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
That is so true-  I also find that I never get a chance to work for other women-- I always get hired by men.  I think I have only had one female contractor.  It saddens me that not a lot of us are representing.  When lets face it we can really wipe the floor with those boys.
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Anira Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
Quite some good artist in that list but I don't see Victoria Francés and she's amazing. ^_^
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memyone Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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Layhas Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Good Lord that's a list. Thanks for compiling it all! It's so beautiful! <3 Also, congrats on the nomination - it's well deserved! Although, I am a bit disheartened that the Hugo Awards hadn't bothered nominating a woman in over 25 years. There's no way you can look at a quarter of a century and tell me no woman was worth mentioning in this category. Wow. Just wow. But if they were going to break the cycle with someone, I'm glad it's you! CONGRATS!! :D
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thegryph Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! Some of these artists are definitely new to me; I've seen a big rise in gender parity in artsy nerddom over the last couple of years, so hopefully the recognition disparity will even out. Congrats on being nominated!
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Loved this, thank you.  I'd love to see Jaw Cooper included too.
Thanks so much for putting this together!  Super inspiring!
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AnnaHollinrake Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I got the ImagineFX 100 favourite artists feature and realised there were four women in it.  I checked several times, it was pretty shocking.  I mean, really?  There are so many awesome lady artists out there!
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hakepe Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I got the same feature and was amazed and saddened by the very same thing. There are so many amazing female artists out there, why are they not represented better? Are men better at pushing themselfs foreward, networking and marketing their skills? Should women together start to make a bigger noice in the field of art, if we are not heard or appreciated otherwise? It would seem that despite equality it is still very much a man's world, is it? Maybe we should create our own institutions and start to give out our own trophys to amazing female artists :) There is power in numbers, you put 100 women in a room together and they will change the world. Maybe we need a society of female artist, a support network to help us all push forward in the industry.
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silvermoonnw Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
That was an awesome list. And I have to say I've had the pleasure of meeting several artists who were mentioned there in person.
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milyKnight Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013   Digital Artist
I am surprised to hear there haven't been any other women nominated for the category in such a long time, especially considering all the amazing female artists out there that are continuously creating and sharing with us their magnificent works of art. Thank you for sharing the list... I was excited to find a great number of new and incredible artist :love: Also, congratulations on being nominated for the Hugo award! :heart:
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Canadian-Rainwater Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Wow, really? No other women artists?! I'm amazed, since most people I stumble across on DA or who watch me seem to be girls with such a passion and drive for art!

Oh, and congratulations on the Hugo award! :D
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juliedillon Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
I know; most of the artists I follow on dA and tumblr are women, it's really strange that there isn't more representation. :/

Oh, also, I didn't win, I was just nominated. But it's still an honor! 
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BluTiger07 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
That is epic and congratulations! 
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Lucis7 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
wow this list is a real treasure! I would like to suggest a personal favorite artist/mangaka deejuusan.deviantart.com/
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Silverstar3 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Its really great to see so many talented artists lined up like this. Great job on your nomination as well. Sure looks like you've worked hard for the recognition! As a fellow female professional artist, I toast to the many who've made it their lives to do the work they love. Cheers!
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Charongoyle Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS LIST! 
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mechacharibdys Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh my god, the Hugos are a big incesty mess.

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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
AND congratulations on your award nomination!
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, fantastic list. Thank you for sharing that with us, and taking that on in the first place. Going to go reblog it now :heart: 

Also, any chance I can get my name on there? 

I'd also like to suggest Brianna Cherry Garcia briannacherrygarcia.tumblr.com… , Megan Rose Gedris rosalarian.com/ , Christine Larsen thelarsenproject.com/ and Anna Christenson  www.annaeatspaint.com/ 

Thanks!
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Elandria Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Magnificent collection! :la:  Also, massive congrats on being nominated for the Hugo award!!!

Incidentally I was equally as taken aback that there were only 4 women listed in IFX mags 100 best fantasy artists collection. Really quite shocking considering the huge amount of ridiculously talented ladies we have inspiring us all every day!
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Nadiaenis Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I take the chance to thank you for this list. i loved it on tumblr and am checking every now and then to see if something has changed. you addressed an issue i am also thinking about quite often and it is good to see a collection of the artists i know, or not yet know, all together. It showcases all the different styles, tastes and topics female artists can have. and it is especially good to be linked to people that ask me why i can actually although i am female (what happens ever y now and then on conventions)
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avihai-okenolo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool. Checking it up right now and will do so later on.
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sillysarasue Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh I will definitely be sharing this :)
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xothique Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013   Artisan Crafter
That's a fabulous post - and congratulations on the award! I'd like to suggest Linda Ravenscroft and Josephine Wall, for your list.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful post. I wonder sometimes whether women just aren't as proactive as guys at promoting themselves? I know it's something I struggle with personally. But it's hugely inspiring to see so many amazing female artists in one place!
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transatlanticalien Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
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