Beetle Babes, Witchy Pinups: The Art of Lauryn Barnes
Mesmerizing unfortunate souls with their charm & gothic glamour, the artwork of Lauryn Barnes (aka @lauryn.illustration) is playfully spellbinding. Pulling inspiration from witchcraft, pop culture, and “gothic fairytales,” Lauryn produces whimsical monochromatic illustrations of vampy babes and darkling dears. Equal parts Lydia Deetz, Tim Burton, and witchy pinups, these elegantly dressed dames are known for their trademark elegantly clawed hands, vacant eyes, and lashes for days.
Lauren uses a variety of media to create her drawings, from pen and ink to pencil and watercolor, combining soft shading with precise linear elements. While her art is predominately created in grayscale, splashes of color often inject themselves into corresponding topics, like a yummy lime green used in her illustration Beetle Babe. On occasion, additional media work their way into Lauren’s creations, like glitter on her darkly beautiful holiday ornaments that debuted her Instagram recently. She’s also working on a collection of illustrations on vintage Victorian cabinet cards.
Each character Lauryn creates is not only gorgeous in their own right but comes with a detailed backstory. Her drawing of “Esther” describes her as the headless horseman’s first wife. “She’s been terribly misunderstood by the local townsfolk. Sure, she’s the first wife of the headless horseman and they may cause the town some trouble from time to time, but so what? Esther loves riding her possessed mare through the Western Woods & occasionally giving people a good fright – but really isn’t all that to be forgiven, when she looks so damn dapper in her silk riding outfit?”