The Illustrated Woman


Ever since I heard of the great Ray Bradbury’s passing, I couldn’t stop thinking about what a huge impact he had on my imagination, especially as a young person.

I was submerged by waves of nostalgia, remembering how much I loved his books and short stories. I especially remember staring incessantly at the Illustrated Man book cover, imagining his tattoos writhing on the surface of his skin. Then, of course, I wondered what he would look like as a woman. In my mind, she would be very glamorous, and sensual, covered with strange and beautiful symbols instead of pictures, displaying a more feminine “mystique”. This is why I was practicing Zentangles, and here is the result in black and white (ink & pencil). I will be doing a colored version soon too!

Melissa Brunet

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Melissa Brunet is a graphic designer & illustrator based in Paris, France.
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9 COMMENTS

  1. Karen Denson December 2, 2014 at 08:18 Reply

    Melissa- This is absolutely beautiful. I only wish I could draw half as good as this. It is amazing. Thank you for sharing.

    • Melissa Brunet
      Melissa Brunet December 2, 2014 at 14:35 Reply

      Thank you for your kind words and your visit, Karen. I’m sure your drawing is lovely! Personally, I find beauty in all creative work as easily as I find it in all people.

  2. Olga (Belarus) August 30, 2015 at 09:22 Reply

    She is very attractive!)

  3. Pat August 31, 2015 at 02:51 Reply

    I started zantangle last year.I love your style . you’re work is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing

  4. Selina January 20, 2016 at 05:03 Reply

    I absolutely love this drawing and it has inspired me to do a ‘recreation’. I attempted to redraw part of the woman’s face and I’m going to fill her in with different patterns. I am simply doing this for fun, I hope you don’t mind! I just love your work! x

    • Melissa Brunet
      Melissa Brunet January 20, 2016 at 12:33 Reply

      Hi Selina, thank you for your kind words and I’m glad you find my work inspiring. Please keep in mind that reproducing an artists’ work is copyright infringement so I hope your work is for personal use only & isn’t intended for publication. My work is protected by an association that manages intellectual property rights so I thought I’d give you a heads up. Have fun & thanks for visiting.

  5. Selina January 25, 2016 at 14:20 Reply

    It is just for personal use :) I’d never want to take credit for someone else’s work. It’s just to have something to do and practice with. thank you for the heads up though!

  6. Teresa taylor February 23, 2016 at 03:22 Reply

    Love your work!

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