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Illustrations for Clever Darling

December 16, 2014


A few months ago, Zie asked if I’d be interested in contributing an illustration to her senior thesis project, Clever Darling Magazine. I loved her idea of creating a publication for millennial women, by millennial women with a positive, hard working focus and I love the challenge of editorial illustration, so I said yes. :)




I ended up doing a few spot illustrations for a Girl Power Playlist. I wanted to focus on simple, energetic shapes and use colors that are bright and happy, but not over-the-top feminine. I wanted kind of a rock-n-roll edge, so I experimented with additional textures to rough it up a bit. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out!

The first issue of Clever Darling turned out so so lovely and I’m really happy to be a part of it! Zie hopes to release more issues in the future, so if you’re a writer or artist, keep your eye out for contribution opportunities. xo

  • These are so cute, Michelle! And the magazine is gorgeous. I’ll definitely have to keep an eye out for future issues.

  • Kay

    Love the illustrations (especially the colors!), and the magazine is lovely as well!

  • Clever Darling looks amazing! Congrats on being a part of the first issue. Super cool!

    <3 Kelsea | Kels Shark

  • Love love love the color combo!

  • i just finished reading the magazine and i was happy to recognize your illustrations immediately! these are so lovely– i absolutely adore the textures here <3

  • I love these illustrations- the colors are some of my faves and I really love the textures you added!

  • these are so great I love how you used the white as an accent and a contrast outline YAY :)