Gabrielle Ragusi

Gabrielle Ragusi - Designer

Milan, Italy

Fantasy illustrator and book cover artist who loves creating worlds and colourful characters. Her influences include Disney and fairy tales.

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Overview

I'm Gabrielle, an illustrator and pluviophile based in Milan, Italy.
I began my journey as an artist in 2015, when I dropped out of University to pursue a freelance career.
I first gained attention thanks to illustrations inspired by known fantasy series. Now I collaborate with authors and bookish boxes.

Although I started painting to become a concept artist, I ended up discovering a totally different aspect of art which is book illustration. Inspired by artists of Disney's Golden Age like Eyvind Earle and Mary Blair, today I work on illustrations that feature fantasy characters, surreal colour compositions and storytelling.

When I'm not drawing, I'm reading dark fantasy novels and drinking tea.
Languages
English
Fiction
Classics
Comics & Graphic Novels
Epic Fantasy
New Adult
Paranormal Romance
Science Fiction
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult Fantasy

Awards

  • Fano Film Festival - 1st Award - Short Film

Work experience

Illustrator for Bookish Boxes

Self-employed
January, 2017 – Present (about 4 years)

Starlight Limited Edition Box - LitJoy box - ACOTAR (Sarah J. Maas) Mug design

Game of Survival Box - Dreamer Whale Boxes - Poster

Protect the City Box - Dreamer Whale Boxes - Poster/Bookmarks

August Box - Bae Crate/Danielle L. Jensen - Reversible dust jacket of exclusive hardcover edition of Danielle L. Jensen's "The Bridge Kingdom"

Science meets Madness Box - Gillywick Goods - Blanket design

Masquerade at Malfoy Manor - Gillywick Goods - Woodmark design

Under the Sea Box - FairyLoot - Mug illustration

All the devils are here - Chest of Fandoms - Theme cover and card

Book cover artist

Self-employed
January, 2015 – Present (about 6 years)

Der Gebieter des Schicksals by Alexander Michaelson
Viridis by Lauren Hemphill
Fragile Bonds by Dean Rivers
The Helm of Darkness by A.P. Mobley
The Shield of Nike by A.P. Mobley
Hellhound: Siege Engine by Suzanne Brodine
Poseidon's Trident by A.P. Mobley
Friday Night Frights by C.C. Ekeke
Duology edition of the War on the Gods Trilogy by A.P. Mobley
Shadowed Time by Robert Scheck
L'Uni - Prysme et le Mage by Vincent Keot
Fauna Warden by Connor MacDonald
Shadow of the Crown by Jesse Shaver
Hellhound II: Killing Field by Suzanne Brodine
Daughter of Poseidon by A.P. Mobley
Rise of the Sons by JD Mitchell
Outta My Head - Monsters series by D.R. Mills
The Impure by Kaitlyn Pennington

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Shadow of the Crown

Shaver, Jesse

Rise of the Sons

MITCHELL, JD

The Impure (The Impure Saga Book 1)

Pennington, Kaitlyn, Ragusi, Gabrielle, Hayes, Cassidy

The Helm of Darkness (War on the Gods Book 1)

A. P. Mobley

Andy and Zoey are two normal teenagers living in the modern day—that is, until they’re knocked unconscious in a freak storm sweeping the United States. When they wake up, the world they know has been tossed away. Their city is in ruins, strange creatures walk the earth, and worst of all, everyone is gone. They stumble across Diana and Spencer, two kids around their age who possess incredible m... read more

Andy and Zoey are two normal teenagers living in the modern day—that is, until they’re knocked unconscious in a freak storm sweeping the United States. When they wake up, the world they know has been tossed away. Their city is in ruins, strange creatures walk the earth, and worst of all, everyone is gone. They stumble across Diana and Spencer, two kids around their age who possess incredible m... read more

Viridis

Lauren E Hemphill

After years of fighting a war she doesn't believe in, Jade Cavvar is being awarded for her efforts. But when an assassin makes an attempt on her life, Jade is forced down a path she never dreamed she'd walk. Stolen away from her home, she is brought to the land of her enemy, where she must discover her reason for living and scramble to find a way to stop the war before it ends in the death of ... read more

After years of fighting a war she doesn't believe in, Jade Cavvar is being awarded for her efforts. But when an assassin makes an attempt on her life, Jade is forced down a path she never dreamed she'd walk. Stolen away from her home, she is brought to the land of her enemy, where she must discover her reason for living and scramble to find a way to stop the war before it ends in the death of ... read more

Der Gebieter des Schicksals (German Edition)

Alexander Michaelson

Laina und Eldar sind weit davon entfernt perfekt zu sein. Sowohl auf ihrer Haut, als auch in ihren Herzen tragen sie die Narben der Vergangenheit. Schon ihr halbes Leben lang meidet Laina ihr Spiegelbild und Eldar ringt trotz eines gelähmten Arms um einen Platz in einer von Schwertkämpfern beherrschten Umgebung. Als eine tyrannische Macht droht ihre Welt zu zerstören, treffen die beiden plötzl... read more

Laina und Eldar sind weit davon entfernt perfekt zu sein. Sowohl auf ihrer Haut, als auch in ihren Herzen tragen sie die Narben der Vergangenheit. Schon ihr halbes Leben lang meidet Laina ihr Spiegelbild und Eldar ringt trotz eines gelähmten Arms um einen Platz in einer von Schwertkämpfern beherrschten Umgebung. Als eine tyrannische Macht droht ihre Welt zu zerstören, treffen die beiden plötzl... read more

Hellhound: Siege Engine

Suzanne Brodine

In 2148, Sergeant Clara Maker is more than halfway through her obligatory two years of service in the military when she becomes involved in a new wave of aggression in the war. She wants nothing more than to finish her duty tour and return to Earth, but whether she wants it or not, a career as a soldier may not be something she can escape. Not with her life intact.Malak was genetically enginee... read more

In 2148, Sergeant Clara Maker is more than halfway through her obligatory two years of service in the military when she becomes involved in a new wave of aggression in the war. She wants nothing more than to finish her duty tour and return to Earth, but whether she wants it or not, a career as a soldier may not be something she can escape. Not with her life intact.Malak was genetically enginee... read more

Friday Night Frights (The Pantheon Saga)

C.C. Ekeke

Reality can bite. But Halloween can kill...On the one-year anniversary of his father’s death, Hugo had zero Halloween plans beyond staying at home and playing videogames. But at the insistence of concerned friends, he reluctantly attends a throwback-themed costume party.But the fun Halloween bash ends in chaos when two of Hugo’s classmates are found with mysterious injuries while a third goes ... read more

Reality can bite. But Halloween can kill...On the one-year anniversary of his father’s death, Hugo had zero Halloween plans beyond staying at home and playing videogames. But at the insistence of concerned friends, he reluctantly attends a throwback-themed costume party.But the fun Halloween bash ends in chaos when two of Hugo’s classmates are found with mysterious injuries while a third goes ... read more

Fauna Warden

MacDonald, Connor, Ragusi, Gabrielle, Vonda, Dr.

The Shield of Nike: A War on the Gods Companion Story

A. P. Mobley

Valeria is in love with her best friend, Greg, and has been for years. But they can’t be together, because after they graduate high school they’ll be on opposite sides of the country. This seems to be Valeria’s greatest dilemma—until a freak storm ambushes the two on a hike a few miles outside their town. During the storm, Greg is injured, and a strange shield falls from the sky and knocks Val... read more

Valeria is in love with her best friend, Greg, and has been for years. But they can’t be together, because after they graduate high school they’ll be on opposite sides of the country. This seems to be Valeria’s greatest dilemma—until a freak storm ambushes the two on a hike a few miles outside their town. During the storm, Greg is injured, and a strange shield falls from the sky and knocks Val... read more

Poseidon's Trident (War on the Gods Book 2)

A. P. Mobley

“Have you ever wondered why, out of all the mortals the universe could have picked for this task, it picked you?”After stealing Hades’s Helm of Darkness and narrowly escaping the Underworld, Andy and Zoey are ready to embark on the second quest they must complete before they’re prepared to lead a war on the gods—that is, traveling to Poseidon’s undersea palace and stealing the Sea God’s legend... read more

“Have you ever wondered why, out of all the mortals the universe could have picked for this task, it picked you?”After stealing Hades’s Helm of Darkness and narrowly escaping the Underworld, Andy and Zoey are ready to embark on the second quest they must complete before they’re prepared to lead a war on the gods—that is, traveling to Poseidon’s undersea palace and stealing the Sea God’s legend... read more

Gabrielle has 10 reviews

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James Irvin
Did an awesome job. I look forward to using Gabrielle for my whole book series!

James Irvin, January 2021


Andreu Murgadella
There aren't enough starts to show the value of Gabrielle's work, professionalism and quality in her art. The level of detail, and how she understands the needs of the writer shown in the illustration, is amazing. Whoever reads this, if you consider hiring her, you will find at the other side, someone who will offer what you seek, no matter the effort.

Andreu Murgadella, December 2020


Gabriela Quinones
Gabrielle did such an amazing job! She is a talented artist and kept in touch throughout the entire process with updates and sketches of her progress. The illustration was exactly what I imagined, if not better. It was such a pleasure to work with her and I will definitely be going back to her in the future!

Gabriela Quinones, December 2020


Julia Keating
Loved it!

Julia Keating, November 2020


Eliza Thomas
Gabrielle is a true professional. Her easy, breezy working style was matched by her cheerfulness and prompt, high quality delivery. She listened to feedback keenly and turned out an artwork that was brilliant. Would recommend her to anyone who is looking for professionalism, quality and quirk! Her work is totally unique and unexpected, and great value for money. Would love to work with her again.

Eliza Thomas, July 2020

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