Inspiration: Art

Craving a Hug Right Now

by Jaanelle Yee 8

Craving a Hug Right Now | Doodlers Anonymous

Mmm, that looks cozy. I found myself thinking that repeatedly while looking through this series of drawings. Each girl is wrapped up tight in an embrace with an animal friend or with herself. Even though there are cutesy elements to every sketch, they seem drowned out by a looming sense of loneliness. Who knew hugging animals in sweaters could be so gloomy?

Ani Castillo describes drawing as catching her anxieties like butterflies and pinning them down to a piece of paper so she can see them a little bit more clearly. I couldn't have said it more eloquently myself.


  1. I absolutely love the expression on each of the faces on every illustration. I wish I knew what kind of pen she uses though.

  2. These pictures are really fantastic!!

  3. such sensitive illustrations!

  4. I really like this, it reminds me much of a very loved Swedish/Swiss illustrator (most famous for illustrating an ABBA cover, the Greatest Hits album), Hans Arnold. He used to illustrate horror short stories when I was a kid.

  5. Very impressive.....great illustrations!

  6. Beautiful

  7. so warm... i\'d like in a hug of a big cat.

  8. Wonderful in every way!!! LOVE THIS!!!!

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