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Beetle Babes, Witchy Pinups: The Art of Lauryn Barnes

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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.

Blanche

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.

Beetle Babe

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?”

Esther

To check out more of Lauryn’s work peep her Instagram, and be sure to stop by her Etsy shop to purchase her gorgeous artwork.

Christmas Conjure

Cabinet Card

Bess

Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

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About The Author

Earning both her Bachelor's and Master's degree of fine arts from the University of Central Florida, artist Janae Corrado is currently serving as adjunct professor overseeing online art instruction at Daytona State College. You can usually find her painting in her studio surrounded by pit bulls and a snarky deaf cat. Follow her on Instagram: @JanaeCorrado

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