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July 9, 2014

Craving a Hug Right Now

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.


Mary Frank
Mary Frank Posted Jul 9, 2014
I absolutely love the expression on each of the faces on every illustration. I wish I knew what kind of pen she uses though.

Lin Chi Chun
Lin Chi Chun Posted Jul 9, 2014
These pictures are really fantastic!!

Maribel Navarro
Maribel Navarro Posted Jul 9, 2014
such sensitive illustrations!

Viktoria Berg
Viktoria Berg Posted Jul 10, 2014
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.

John V. Fitzgerald
John V. Fitzgerald Posted Jul 10, 2014
Very impressive.....great illustrations!

Sallie Michelle
Sallie Michelle Posted Jul 12, 2014

Nguyen Hoang Diep
Nguyen Hoang Diep Posted Jul 13, 2014
so warm... i'd like in a hug of a big cat.

Molly Baxter
Molly Baxter Posted Jul 20, 2014
Wonderful in every way!!! LOVE THIS!!!!


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