Female Illustrators

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 1 Gerda Wegener

Gerda Wegener
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: March 15, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hammelev, Denmark
Died: July 28, 1940

Gerda Wegener was a Danish painter and illustrator. She began painting as a young girl and received her training at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. As a painter, she often depicted confident and elegant women performing a variety of activities in her works. She also painted fashion illustrations and what was labeled “lesbian erotica.” 

 2 Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rasht, Iran

Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novelist, illustrator, cartoonist, children's book author, and film director. Satrapi achieved international recognition in the early-2000s after releasing her critically acclaimed graphic novels. She is best known for writing and directing an animated biographical drama film titled Persepolis, which received nominations at prestigious award ceremonies, such as the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globes.

 3 Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: June 27, 2001
Finnish author Tove Jansson was the woman behind the phenomenally successful children’s books and comics on the fictional white hippo-like creatures she called Moomins. While the Moomins books have been translated into more than 50 languages, Jansson’s literary works also include several other novels and short stories.

 4 Lisa Frank

Lisa Frank
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: April 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States

 5 Lisa Hanawalt

Lisa Hanawalt
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Famous As: Cartoonists
Birthdate: June 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States

 6 Djuna Barnes

Djuna Barnes
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 12, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Storm King Mountain, New York, United States
Died: June 18, 1982

 7 Judith Kerr

Judith Kerr
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Famous As: Writer and illustrator whose books sold more than 10 million copies around the world
Birthdate: June 14, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 22, 2019
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 8 Jan Berenstain

Jan Berenstain
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 26, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 24, 2012

 9 Lauren Tsai

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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: February 11, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States

 10 Tasha Tudor

Tasha Tudor
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: August 28, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 18, 2008

 11 Natalie Babbitt

Natalie Babbitt
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: October 31, 2016

 12 Lena Anderson

Lena Anderson
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Famous As: Illustrator, Writer
Birthdate: May 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Internationally renowned children’s book author and illustrator Lena Anderson began working in the publishing industry at age 16 and first gained fame with her book Linnea in Monet's Garden, which was one of her many collaborations with author Christina Björk. She is known for creating her much-loved character Maja.

 13 Jessie Willcox Smith

Jessie Willcox Smith
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: September 6, 1863
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 3, 1935

 14 Margret Rey

Margret Rey
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 16, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: December 21, 1996

 15 Leonor Fini

Leonor Fini
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 30, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: January 18, 1996

 16 Anna Dewdney

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Famous As: Author, illustrator
Birthdate: December 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: September 3, 2016

 17 Kseniya Simonova

Kseniya Simonova
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yevpatoria, Ukraine

 18 Julie Bell

Julie Bell
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Famous As: Artist, Illustrator
Birthdate: October 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas, United States

 19 Kenojuak Ashevak

Kenojuak Ashevak
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 3, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ikerrasak camp, Nunavut, Canada
Died: January 8, 2013

Kenojuak Ashevak is a Canadian artist best known as an important exponent of modern Inuit art. Ashevak, who is credited with inspiring several Inuit people to take up art, has been honored with several prestigious awards including an induction into Canada's Walk of Fame.

 20 Renée French

Renée French
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Famous As: Comics writer who won the Inkpot Award at San Diego Comic-Con in 2007 for the graphic novel The Ticking
Birthdate: 1963 AD
Birthplace: United States

 21 Jan Brett

Jan Brett
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: December 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Norwell, Massachusetts, United States

 22 M.M. Kaye

M.M. Kaye
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 21, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shimla, India
Died: January 29, 2004

 23 Beryl Cook

Beryl Cook
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: September 10, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Egham, Surrey, England
Died: May 28, 2008

 24 Rose O'Neill

Rose O'Neill
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: June 25, 1874
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 6, 1944

 25 Virginia Lee Burton

Virginia Lee Burton
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: August 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newton Centre, Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 15, 1968

 26 Tonke Dragt

Tonke Dragt
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Famous As: Writer, Illustrator
Birthdate: November 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

Born in the Dutch East Indies, Tonke Dragt was 12 when she was interned at a Japanese prisoners’ camp, where she began writing using a pseudonym. She later moved to the Netherlands and emerged as one of the best authors of children's books, including The Letter for the King.         

 27 Bhanu Athaiya

Bhanu Athaiya
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Famous As: Costume designer
Birthdate: April 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kolhapur, Kolhapur State, India
Died: October 15, 2020

Legendary Indian costume designer Bhanu Athaiya won India its first Oscar for her work in Gandhi. Throughout her illustrious career, she had worked with legendary directors such as Yash Chopra and Raj Kapoor. Initially a fashion magazine illustrator, she was also interested in painting but later chose fashion designing instead.

 28 Grace Lin

Grace Lin
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Hartford, New York, United States

 29 Toyen

Toyen
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 21, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: November 9, 1980

 30 Elsa Beskow

Elsa Beskow
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 11, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: June 30, 1953

Also known as Sweden's Beatrix Potter, Swedish children’s author Elsa Beskow is best remembered for her iconic books such as Children of the Forest and Pelle's New Suit. Elves, goblins, and farm animals often appeared as characters in her books. The Elsa Beskow Award was named in her honor.

 31 Louise Fitzhugh

Louise Fitzhugh
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Famous As: Writer, illustrator
Birthdate: October 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: November 19, 1974

 32 Monir Farmanfarmaian

Monir Farmanfarmaian
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Famous As: Iranian artist
Birthdate: December 16, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Qazvin, Persia
Died: April 20, 2019

 33 Wanda Gág

Wanda Gág
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: March 11, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Ulm, Minnesota, United States
Died: June 27, 1946

 34 Barbara Cooney

Barbara Cooney
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 10, 2000

 35 Susanne Wenger

Susanne Wenger
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Famous As: Artist, illustrator, comics artist
Birthdate: July 4, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Graz, Austria
Died: January 12, 2009

 36 Sybil Wettasinghe

Sybil Wettasinghe
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 31, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Galle, Sri Lanka
Died: July 1, 2020

 37 Trina Schart Hyman

Trina Schart Hyman
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: April 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 19, 2004

 38 Mary Anna Hallock Foote

Mary Anna Hallock Foote
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 9, 1847
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Milton, New York, United States
Died: June 25, 1938

 39 Kathleen Hale

Kathleen Hale
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: May 24, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: January 26, 2000

 40 Katherine Plunket

Katherine Plunket
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Famous As: Aristocrat
Birthdate: November 22, 1820
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kilsaran, County Louth, Ireland
Died: October 14, 1932

At the time of her death at age 111, Katherine Plunket became Ireland’s oldest person to have ever existed. Born into Irish aristocracy, Plunket was the granddaughter of the first Baron Plunket. She was also well-traveled and was known for her botanical illustrations, collected in Wild Flowers from Nature.

 41 Dale Messick

Dale Messick
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Famous As: Comic-strip artist
Birthdate: April 11, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
Died: April 5, 2005

 42 Neysa McMein

Neysa McMein
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: January 24, 1888
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Quincy, Illinois, United States
Died: May 12, 1949

 43 Minna Sundberg

Minna Sundberg
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Famous As: Illustrator and Cartoonist
Birthdate: January 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sweden

 44 Lisa Aisato

Lisa Aisato
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Famous As: Visual artist, illustrator and author of picture books
Birthdate: July 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kolbotn, Norway

Lisa Aisato is a Norwegian visual artist, author of picture books, and illustrator. She is best known for her book Odd er et egg which was adapted into an award-winning animated short film titled Odd is an Egg. Lisa Aisato also contributes as an illustrator to newspapers and other authors. In 2019, she was honored with the Norwegian Booksellers' Prize.

 45 Svetlana Makarovič

Svetlana Makarovič
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Maribor, Slovenia

 46 Charlotte Dean

Charlotte Dean
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Famous As: Illustrator, Visual Artist
Birthdate: September 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: California

 47 Maria Martin

Maria Martin
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 6, 1796
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 18, 1863

 48 Lucy Fitch Perkins

Lucy Fitch Perkins
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: July 12, 1865
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: United States
Died: March 18, 1937

 49 Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux

Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux
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Famous As: Artist and writer
Birthdate: March 20, 1894
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 8, 1996

 50 Alice Barber Stephens

Alice Barber Stephens
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 1, 1858
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: near Salem, New Jersey, United States
Died: July 13, 1932