Gabrielle Ragusi

Gabrielle Ragusi - Designer

Milan, Italy

Illustrator and book cover artist with a love for dark fantasy and villains. 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 first by artists of Disney's Golden Age like Eyvind Earle and then illustrators of fantasy and science fiction like Jason Chan and Dan Dos Santos, 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
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

Various
January, 2017 – Present (over 4 years)

LitJoy box;
Dreamer Whale Boxes;
Bae Crate/Danielle L. Jensen;
Faecrate;
Gillywick Goods;
FairyLoot;
Chest of Fandoms;
Wicked Fairytale Co.;
Abraxas Boxes

Book cover artist

Various
January, 2015 – Present (over 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;
Lady of Fire and Lord of Ash by Dominique Weaver;
The Band of Moonlit Water by Brad Bussie;
The 89th Key by L.M. Jade;
The Dawnbreaker Gambit by Tony Merriweather;
Starlight by Lauren Jade Case

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Lady of Fire & Lord of Ash: A Dragon Lords Novel

Weaver, Dominique , Ragusi, Gabrielle

Shadow of the Crown

Shaver, Jesse

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

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.

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

Rise of the Sons

MITCHELL, JD

Gabrielle has 16 reviews

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E. P. Harris
I was very pleased by the collaboration with Gabrielle. She follows a great process that ensures plenty of input from authors along the way. I cannot imagine things working any better. And the final result exceeded all of my expectations. Gabrielle does great work at a good price, and she is very responsive in her communications. I highly recommend Gabrielle to any other author.

E. P. Harris, June 2021


jonathan Day
I believe I chose well! Gabrielle responds quickly and took on board every amend I asked for immediately. I was given 4 or 5 options at the start and they were all so good, I could have chosen any of them. Most importantly, Gabrielle understood my brief perfectly. I love the finished work and believe it will make a huge difference to book sales. Thank you Gabrielle for everything - Ginkgo Seq...
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jonathan Day, June 2021


Brad Bussie
Gabrielle is an amazing artist and incredibly easy to work with. She brought great ideas, compelling mockups, and spent all the time I needed to get the cover art for my novel perfect. I loved what she did so much that I am going to commission her for two additional covers!

Brad Bussie, April 2021


Chistopher Barish
I am so happy that I worked with Gabrielle to create a cover illustration and design. She's creative, talented and insightful. Gabrielle came up with ideas for the cover and then illustrated those ideas beautifully. She was also very helpful in walking me through the process. Thank you, Gabrielle!

Chistopher Barish, April 2021


Artonio Merriweather
I wasn't 100% sure what I envisioned for my book but Gabrielle completely exceeded my expectations. She was very professional and communicative throughout the process and a pleasure to work with. Definitely someone that should be considered if you want a stunning design that will leave you more than satisfied.

Artonio Merriweather, March 2021

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