Illustrating Inspiring Women for Grace & Grit
Last year, I began working on a fantastic new long-term project that I’m excited to share — Grace & Grit subscription boxes. They’re aimed at pre-teen girls, and are designed to empower and encourage. Each one is based on an inspiring female figure from history, and every box includes a portrait of that inspirational woman, a journal with writing exercises, note cards detailing fun challenges, an accessory that ties in with the central figure, and a custom-designed charm. It’s a lot of great stuff, all presented in a nicely designed package!
The Grace & Grit series is the brain child of Heather Stark who has made a career of inspiring girls to be confident and true to themselves, and she imbues each box with principles and ideals that are central to developing self-esteem. I was brought in on the project by the boxes’ designer Brandon Alcorn, and together he and Heather make a dream client team! They’re so easy to work with and super positive, so each month’s illustrations are always a pleasure to draw.
And now, on to the pictures! For each box I illustrate a portrait of the inspiring female figure, imagined as a teen, and the inspirational quote for the cover of the journal. It has been so interesting to research these strong women, and I’ve learned so much along the way. I also love a chance to draw historic costumes, and since the Grace & Grit heroes come from many eras in history there are plenty of opportunities to do just that. Here I’ll share the first three installments — Rosie the Riveter, Olympian Wilma Rudolph, and the legendary Amelia Earhart.
In future posts I’ll share more of these inspiring ladies, and in the meantime I’ll be looking forward to working on the next installment in the series. Thanks again to Heather and Brandon for the great opportunity and super-fun project!