Gabrielle Ragusi

Gabrielle Ragusi - Designer

Milan, Italy

Artist specialized in colourful, surreal illustrations for fantasy books.

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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 horror novels and drinking tea.
Languages
English
Fiction
Children's
Comics & Graphic Novels
Epic Fantasy
New Adult
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 (almost 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

Book cover artist

Self-employed
January, 2015 – Present (almost 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
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 6 reviews

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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


Jennifer Steidler
5 stars across the board! Gabrielle’s work is amazing, and she is easy to collaborate with. I have received a flood of compliments on her professional design and I’m already noticing an increased interest in my novel. When it comes to collaborating, she is great about listening to your requests and delivering multiple draft options prior to creation of the final product. She’s also punctual a...
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Jennifer Steidler, June 2020


Jesse Shaver
Would definitely work with Gabrielle again. No negatives to speak of!

Jesse Shaver, June 2020


Connor MacDonald
Gabrielle is a very kind and professional artist. Her artwork is wonderful, and she listened to my requests. I would highly recommend hiring her for potential cover art.

Connor MacDonald, May 2020


Vanessa Keot
I'm so happy to have a cover by Gabrielle Ragusi for my book! She exceeded all my expectations. She's a real professional, a very talented artist, and she knew how to capture the spirit of my characters in an amazing way. I highly recommend Gabrielle for high fantasy, YA, sci-fi, and science fantasy related stories. She is a top-notch artist, and I can't wait to work with her again.

Vanessa Keot, May 2020

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