Growing up, Abigail had romantic ideas of becoming an opera singer and joining a carnival one day, though neither worked out due to her terrible stage fright. Instead, she found she could still put her daydreams on paper, and eventually found a much more suitable career for herself in the world of fantasy illustration.
(Photo by Roger Walk Photography)
Abigail works primarily with pencil, ink, watercolor, and Photoshop, creating unique mixed-media illustrations.
She enjoys the strange and archaic, so when she’s not drawing, she can likely be found watching re-runs of Dark Shadows, traveling, researching bizarre myths and legends, or spending time with her favorite long-leggedy beasts, ghouls, ghosts and other things that go bump in the night.
Her greatest inspirations are fairytales, folklore and ghost stories. The works of Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, the Brothers Grimm, Shirley Jackson, Angela Carter, and many classic gothic works of fiction, such as Dracula and Frankenstein have always stirred her imagination.
Her greatest artistic influences are artists such as Arthur Rackham, Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, Maurice Sendak, Edward Gorey, Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen, Harry Clarke, Dorothy Lathrop, John Bauer, Jennie Harbour, Aubrey Beardsley, Yoshitaka Amano, Marjorie Miller, Alphonse Mucha, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and John William Waterhouse, as well as animators/directors Don Bluth, Hayao Miyazaki, Sylvain Chomet, Tim Burton, Henry Selick, and Guillermo Del Toro.
Abigail’s work has been shown extensively throughout America from NYC to Los Angeles, as well as galleries in London, Paris, and Madrid.
Her illustrations have been featured in various publications including ImagineFX, Clip Studio, Spectrum Fantastic Art, Art Fundamentals, The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature, Rue Morgue, and Digital Artist. She’s worked with DC/Vertigo, DC kids, Universal, Dark Horse, Image, IDW, Titan Comics, Pelican Books, SYFY, and Sideshow Collectibles.
Her fully-illustrated picture book, The Cats of Ulthar by H.P. Lovecraft was released in November of 2016, and that same year she teamed up with Universal Pictures and Desert Owl Games to create The Huntsman: Winter’s Curse, the companion game to “The Huntsman” feature film.
Abigail’s tarot deck with author Sasha Graham, The Dark Wood Tarot, was released June 2020, and her latest tarot deck with author Minerva Siegel, The Nightmare Before Christmas Tarot Deck & Guidebook was released in September 2020. She is currently working as a character designer at Netflix Animation.
She resides in Turin, Italy with her husband, Davide.
E d u c a t i o n :
College: Virginia Commonwealth University
Department: Communication Arts
Concentration: Drawing and Illustration Years: 2006-2010
A w a r d s :
Hugo Award: Best Professional Artist – 2016
Society of Illustrators: Illustration West 55 (honorable mention) – 2016
Global Art Awards: Finalist (Illustration) – 2017
Society of Illustrators: Illustration West 58 – 2019
Chesley Award 2020: Suggestion List 2020 “Weird Tales” cover