Women Who Draw is an open directory of female* professional illustrators, artists and cartoonists who take freelance work. It was created by a group of women artists in an effort to increase the visibility of female illustrators, with an emphasis on female illustrators of color, LBTQ+, and other minority groups of female illustrators. We hope this directory will be used by publishers, art directors and editors to find less visible illustrators, and encourage them to work with these illustrators more frequently.

All women* professional illustrators are encouraged to participate. Simply follow the directions on the JOIN page. We realize that the categories for identification are but a fraction of the ways we self-identify, but these four seem to be a good start at capturing the diversity that exists within the female illustrator community.

*Women Who Draw is trans-inclusive and includes women, trans and gender non-conforming illustrators.

WWD is a labor of love and the site is advertising free. You can help WWD maintain the site and continue to improve is usefulness to artists, art directors and others by contribution on the SUPPORT page.

WWD is a work in progress. If you have any suggestions or input, please write to [email protected]

Also check out the Cartoonists of Color Database and the Queer Cartoonists Database.

Thanks to Vogue magazine for this article about the origin of Women Who Draw. And this article from the BBC and this feature from the Huffington Post. Also to Slate, Bust, Allure, SwissMissBoingBoing and so many others for help spreading the word.