50 Beautiful Feminine Illustrations and Artworks

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and so is the quality of femininity. Exploring this for many artists takes on a diversity of themes. From exploring the pleasures of being a girl to a simple childhood memory, each artist embodies this message in its own unique way and choice of medium.

The collection of renderings selected in this episode of the Monday Inspiration series, 50 beautiful and creative feminine illustrations is sure to please your feminine side. And if your feminine side is non existent — beautiful women have always been and remain an excellent inspiration.

Please notice: this showcase was supposed to present unusual styles, ideas and approaches to the illustration of a woman — not just some beautiful illustrations. Some examples are very funny, the other ones are very sad. Hopefully, everybody will find something new and interesting for himself / herself. At the bottom of the article you’ll find further sources to explore feminine illustrations on the Web and find artists that exude girly.

Beautiful Feminine Illustrations and Artworks

This post showcases different styles, different ideas, different approaches to the illustration of a girl and a woman. Some examples are very funny, the other ones are very sad. Hopefully, every reader will find something new and interesting for himself / herself.

stella im hultberg
Always…. 12″x16″ (18″x22″ framed). oil and ink on tea-stained paper.

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - stella im hultberg

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - stella im hultberg

Kattaca
La Esencia de Klimt

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Kattaca

June Leeloo

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - June Leeloo

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - June Leeloo

Amy Sol

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Amy Sol

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Amy Sol

cinderella_web
Hi Fructose.

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - cinderella_web

Cecilia Carlstedt

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Cecilia Carlstedt

Wyanne Thompsom

Mark Sarmel

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Mark Sarmel

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Mark Sarmel

Emilie Dionne
These very sensual renderings have sweetness and moxie all over it.

Audrey Kawasaki

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Audrey Kawasaki

Tavish

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Tavish

Olga Ert

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Olga Ert

Esther Kirby
Cherry Blossoms.

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Esther Kirby

Alisa Astrouskaya

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Alisa Astrouskaya

James Jean
Artists run the gamut in terms of style, approach, and output. There are those who suffer to produce work while others create with relative ease. And then there are those who gush with creativity, ideas spilling from their minds like blood rushes to the heart. James Jean is this type of artist.

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - James Jean

Poorsailor

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Poorsailor

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Veronica Navarro

L Filipe dos Santos

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Poorsailor

Laura Su
Laura’s very couture illustrations feel like they belong inside a fashion magazine.

Kathy Jeffords
Inside jokes that everyone gets.

Very Distinctive Pieces – Experimental View on Women

Anomalies

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Anomalies

Jinyoung Shin

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Jinyoung Shin

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Jinyoung Shin

noINKling
Elephant rains on girl.

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - noINKling

Cute Illustrated Girl Characters

Marisa Bogg

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Marisa Bogg

Lyubov Dubina

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Lyubov Dubina

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Lyubov Dubina

Lorena Alvarez
The Princess and the Pea.

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Lorena Alvarez

Multiple Peresonalities

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Multiple Peresonalities

Luke Feldman

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Luke Feldman

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Luke Feldman

mar hernández

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - mar hernández

Julie West
A girl with 2 birds.

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Julie West

Boboniaa

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Boboniaa

Pau Morgan
Girl from another planet.

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Pau Morgan

Martina Flor Arce

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Martina Flor Arce

sweetimaginations
Never Lose Sight of Your Dreams

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - sweetimaginations

Mar Hernández
Eva

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Mar Hernández

Carambatack
Sabrina.

Showcase of Feminine Illustrations - Carambatack

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  1. 1

    very beautiful work great work

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  2. 2

    Very Cool Illustrations!!!

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    Maneesh Prabhalayam

    July 28, 2008 1:23 am

    Really Beautiful!!!

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  4. 4

    seen better over at DA…

    but these are ok.. i guess

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  5. 5

    Don’t forget Daniel Egnéus.
    Starting from here – http://www.danielegneus.com – you can easily reach his world apart and his beautiful girlz

    take care

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  6. 6

    Killer article!
    I’m in troubble: after this I want start drawing again, but I must/want study JSF too! I don’t have time to do both at the same time… oooh… God.

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  7. 7

    lovely!

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  8. 8

    Disappointing article. Not the best from Smashing :(

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  9. 9

    great collection!

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  10. 10

    don’t leave out Joe Sorren. I suspect many of these fine illustrators were influenced by him.
    http://joesorren.com/

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  11. 11

    Nice work guys.

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  12. 12

    Oooohhh my iphone is gonna love these new backgrounds ;)

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  13. 13

    so cute ^________^

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  14. 14

    where do you get all these from ??…man, amazing..

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  15. 15

    Great to see Audrey Kawasaki on the list. I’m a fan of her work!

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  16. 16

    It continues to depress me that only skinny and/or anorexic women are considered “beautiful and inspiring”. At least there are a few healthy beautiful children.

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    i really love these artworks!!! very inspiring! it makes me wanna start drawing again. thanks a lot for sharing!

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    Like eating a bowl of saccharine. I look forward to the death of this kitsch cuteness fad.

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    So ‘feminine’ = picture of a woman? How cheap.

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    if one were to make feminine artwork that didn’t include the human form, apparently, one would only need to include balloons, bubbles, flowers and candy. i’m not sure how i feel about that. oh and voluminous hair and crowns, those seem quite popular too. why is femininity linked so closely to childhood? it feels lolita-esque. i’d like to see anti-feminine illustrations–and by that i don’t mean masculine, but art work of women that go beyond what we already know as being representative of femininity.

    i like

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  21. 21

    wow, a nice collection… i can easily see some of this artwork hanging in my future NYC appt. :) good stuff

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  22. 22

    Very nice!

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    It amazes me, the vehemence displayed by some of these comments. While art is meant to provoke (and, as such, I’m sure the artists are not entirely unfamiliar with this kind of response just as, given their immense talent, they are accustomed to receiving praise), there is a particular venom injected into any discourse online, an inarticulate anger shrouded in the illusion of anonymity, that prevents any real conversation from taking place. Unfortunately, this has become a typically ignorant forum (evidenced by incongruous sentences) wherein people feign intelligence by dissecting femininity and attack the artists without offering any real, meaningful conclusions.

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  24. 24

    wow..very nice.lovely..thank you

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  25. 25

    Can’t believe there is nothing on here from Stuntkid.com!

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  26. 26

    There are some really talented people out there. Man I like them all.

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    Satya Prakash Karan

    July 28, 2008 9:20 pm

    Cool!

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  28. 28

    fresh.
    nice varied collection.
    some of them are super dooope!

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  29. 29

    yes very nice. plenty of artist’s doing this sort of work these days.

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  30. 30

    my works are feminine too! xD it should be part of this! hahaha

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    I’d like to agree with Elee here.
    I would love to be able to express myself artisticly as these people have
    I would like to applaud the talents of these artists and say thank you to smashing once again for giving us interesting and beautiful content as they always seem to do (like very few other blogs i know of)

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  32. 32

    carambatack

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  33. 33

    Wonderful features :D What a pleasure to see so much cuteness around!!!

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  34. 34

    wow they are really wonderful, and inspiring, thanks for posting!!!

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  35. 35

    One of the best posts yet because it’s a cool timestamp on the way that the female figure has been portrayed. Can see lots of colleges and universities use this post for their discussions!!

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    Some of the piece are nice some of the piece are still in development. What I see is a lot of is decoration, similar to what someone posted earlier. Art does not need to be defended, but it is always opened for criticism. I think intellectual discussions are for science and math forums, art is about expression and yes, these artist are expressing, but one thing I would like to see it a posting of their ages. That would give clarity on the development level of each artist and better understanding to the work they put out. If I had to guess average age is around 22. I enjoyed the view. Thanks.

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    Nick,
    The assumption that intellectual discussions should be a feature exclusively of “science and math forums” is absolute foolishness! Art is not just about expression, but about interpretation and dissection. Jackson Pollock–who led Abstract Expressionism–would be nothing, would never have been folded into the publics’ skeptical conscience, without Clement Greenberg’s critiques.

    “Development level” has nothing to do with age, and it makes me wonder about your own age and how it would correspond to your maturity as a thoughtful person, a thoughtfulness which you, of course, reserve for left brain forums.

    As to the pieces being “decoration”, I think that a lot of these artists are doing what MANY artists are striving for these days: They are straddling two worlds that used to be–only a decade ago–very separate, the fine art world and the illustrative world. Traditionally, fine art allows for a constantly evolving style and elusive and abstract concepts to be displayed, requiring analytical thought; due to the demands of art directors, illustration is much more about a direct and consistent style with a clear visual message, often corresponding to provided text. The effort to reconcile the disparities between these two worlds is a tough one, and it is what many of these artists seem to be working toward.
    “Development level” has nothing to do with age, and it makes me wonder about your own age and how it would correspond to your maturity as a thoughtful person, a thoughtfulness which you, of course, reserve for left brain forums.

    As to the pieces being “decoration”, I think that a lot of these artists are doing what MANY artists are striving for these days: They are straddling two worlds that used to be–only a decade ago–very separate, the fine art world and the illustrative world. Traditionally, fine art allows for a constantly evolving style and elusive and abstract concepts to be displayed, requiring analytical thought; due to the demands of art directors, illustration is much more about a direct and consistent style with a clear visual message, often corresponding to provided text. The effort to reconcile the disparities between these two worlds is a tough one, and it is what many of these artists seem to be working toward.

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    Nick,
    The assumption that intellectual discussions should be a feature exclusively of “science and math forums” is absolute foolishness! Art is not just about expression, but about interpretation and dissection. Jackson Pollock–who led Abstract Expressionism–would be nothing, would never have been folded into the publics’ skeptical conscience, without Clement Greenberg’s critiques.

    “Development level” has nothing to do with age, and it makes me wonder about your own age and how it would correspond to your maturity as a thoughtful person, a thoughtfulness which you, of course, reserve for left brain forums.

    As to the pieces being “decoration”, I think that a lot of these artists are doing what MANY artists are striving for these days: They are straddling two worlds that used to be–only a decade ago–very separate, the fine art world and the illustrative world. Traditionally, fine art allows for a constantly evolving style and elusive and abstract concepts to be displayed, requiring analytical thought; due to the demands of art directors, illustration is much more about a direct and consistent style with a clear visual message, often corresponding to provided text. The effort to reconcile the disparities between these two worlds is a tough one, and it is what many of these artists seem to be working toward.

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  39. 39

    These are some truly astounding pictures.

    I am still taken aback. Where do you find these rare gems?

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    really cool ~ thank you !

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  42. 42

    Is there some sort of clan out there whose only mission is to post stupid negative comments on Smashing Magazine?

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  43. 43

    Thank you for featuring “Cherry Blossom” as its a special creation for my friend Gia’s MTV. Thanks again!

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    First, many thanks for including my pieces among such beautiful work.

    To those responding to the negative comments, thank you, as one of the featured artists, for speaking out on our behalf.

    As an artist who does “cute” however — I’ve grown sort of accustomed to hearing that sort of thing. If it has big eyes or could be fit in with the decor of a child’s room, it’s somehow not valid as “art”.

    That’s okay. I know that not everyone has the same taste and some people will not like my work. That’s cool and doesn’t really bother me to read these types of things anymore.

    One thing that does still manage to get under my skin a teensy bit is when people assume that cute paintings with big-eyed girls are just a trend — that it’s just some bandwagon everyone jumped on simply because it was what everyone else was doing. Since I first picked up a paintbrush and tube of paint, cute girls (and to a lesser extent, critters, and the occasional boy or two) were what appeared on the canvas.

    Do I consider my art “fine art” or believe that it will ever wind up on museum walls? Nope. I don’t think I am Picasso and have never claimed to be — but I do not create my art because it’s trendy or I want to be famous or remembered as one of the greats — I create my art because it makes me happy, it is what fills my head and my heart.

    And for the record, I am 31 (but young at heart, so if someone wants to think I’m 22, that’s cool with me). Yes, I do believe artists develop skills and techniques and become better with practice. Though I’ve been creative and crafty all my life, I just seriously begain painting about four or five years ago — and yes, the early stuff makes me cringe a little, so I have definitely improved and hope to continue to — but from the very beginning, my style, though evolved a bit, has been my style. Some people like it, some people don’t….and I’m okay with that.

    Thank you again!

    KJ

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    Giuliani Rodrici

    July 30, 2008 1:14 pm

    ¡Fantástico, estupendo, wonderfull ! Me ha gustado mucho esta colección de ilustraciones desde distintas ópticas, texturas y motivaciones. Desde luego el más sensual es Klimt, con su
    “esencia del perfume”. ¡Chapeau! ¡Un 10!

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  46. 46

    Superb selection, very neat topic !

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  47. 47

    wah wah… pitcholinhas? no rave?

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  48. 48

    impressive!!!

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  49. 49

    Great list!

    S

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  50. 50

    wonderful collection! really enjoyed it. congrats to all that were featured.

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  51. 51

    Amazing illustrations…very beautiful!

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  52. 52

    You know posting here is a little like writing stuff on the walls of bathrooms.

    Lot of great work here, and I would like to apologize if I offended anyone, but art should speak for it’s self.

    Peace.

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  53. 53

    I like them very much.

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  54. 54

    haha, the “where’s stuntkid” jason wasn’t me!

    Great collection of works by the way :)

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  55. 55

    Alot of these are Mucha-esque

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  56. 56

    yeah, they have a lot of very art-nouveau elements. i think they’re quite pretty.

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  57. 57

    Lovely works of course

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  58. 58

    What is up with think necks?

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  59. 59

    http://www.totceimiplacemie.blogspot.com – some pretty femimine illustrations

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  60. 60

    no entiendo inglesssssssssss ayudenme ¿ como ago para pasar esta pagina en españo?

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  61. 61

    Gotta say, I’m pretty disappointed in this collection. According to this list, great “feminine” artwork is drawings of girls, and fluff, and swirls and hearts.

    Come on, what about “bad ass female artists” or feminine renderings of normally non-feminine things? Or a showcase of ladies who are currently kicking ass in technology but still staying feminine despite the overbearing masculine cloak?

    Inappropriate use of the word ‘feminine’ is all that really kills this, sorry.

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    Thanks so much for the mention about Joe and his work. FYI, he has recently put all of the prints at his store at 30% off. http://www.joesorren.com.
    peace,
    kristi, studio manager
    joe sorren studios

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  63. 63

    Oh what beautiful pictures :)))
    I know some of the french artists, as I am ^^
    If it haven’t been too late… I would have given you a picture of one of my illustrations <3
    Beautiful holidays to all
    aurelie-rhumeur.fr
    aurelie-rhumeur.com

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  64. 64

    very lovely collection …… thanks

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  65. 65

    I must say i agree with you Nick. As woman in her thirties I find this collection sad. It looks like only butterflys and curls are called feminin.. except Klimt, who doesn’t belong here, not so happy with the preview… I’d love to see curves and strenght in these ladies… as a woman I can’t agree this is feminin, this is childish.

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  66. 66

    some of the pics are smashing but a lot are not.as for as i think the painter is more interested in cartoons .

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