My 50 Uplifting Illustrations That Have Motivational Quotes In Them
Hi! My name is Amarylis, I'm an illustrator from Luxembourg and the creator of The Cute Feminist. Since the beginning of 2021, I try to post one illustration a day on my Instagram account in order to empower women one drawing at a time.
I began drawing these illustrations while recovering from burnout as a form of therapy, and my work quickly became viral.
Here is a selection of my latest work!
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I mostly get my inspiration from the news, my daily life or when I'm in nature. When I see or hear a quote I like, I write it down in a small notepad I take with me everywhere. I also try to come up with my own quotes or recreate some quotes in my own words. The most important is that the quote or affirmation I choose needs to be meaningful for me.
All illustrations I create have a special place in my heart as they all come from my soul. Some have been created when I was feeling sad, some when I was in a very happy state, but every time with one thing in mind; the fact that with my illustrations I hope to help and empower as many women as possible.
The quotes I choose for each illustration are always meaningful for me, but can sometimes be more powerful from time to time depending on my mood or the time of the year, so I tend to have favorite illustrations that change over time.
I like to create my work in several steps as I work best when I'm in a certain mood and I tend to get art block quite easily. When my creativity is at its highest, I create a lot of different sketches without thinking of a quote in particular. Then in the second phase, I apply the final details and the colors of each illustration. Finally, when I'm not in the mood for drawing, I find a matching quote for each illustration.
With that being said, I always create my illustrations with the same color palette. My color palette is very girly, with different pinks and some touches of blue and yellows. I've had the same color palette for 2 years now but I'm now considering changing it as I am now more attracted to neutral colors. I will see how it will evolve in the following months. In terms of design, I like to stay minimalist and incorporate either women or day-to-day objects in my illustrations. I also love to add some touches of nature and plants from time to time.
My biggest wish is to empower as many people as possible with my work. But if even one single person can be positively impacted by my illustrations, then that already means a lot to me. I am feeling so blessed and grateful every time I get a message from someone telling me that my illustrations have inspired them or helped them during a though situation, and I hope my art will continue to make a positive impact for a long time.
With my illustrations, I hope to teach women that they have the power to do anything they want, and that they can chose how they want to live their own life.
For me feminism is not about being better than men. It's about having the choice to live your life as you want to. You can be a housewife or a CEO, and in both cases be a feminist.
It's also important for me to tell women, especially young girls, that being different is not a bad thing, in fact being different can be very powerful. My greatest gift is when I get people to embrace their singularities and differences through my illustrations.
Note: this post originally had 70 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.