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 (almost 5 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 (almost 7 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 Tree Mystic by Ginkgo Sequoia;
The Dawnbreaker Gambit by Tony Merriweather;
Starlight by Lauren Jade Case;
Ultra Violence by Emily McKay

Portfolio (14 selected works)

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

Weaver, Dominique , Ragusi, Gabrielle

Starlight

Case, Lauren Jade

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

Shadow of the Crown

Shaver, Jesse

Gabrielle has 21 reviews

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Kaitlyn Pennington
Gabrielle did absolutely beautiful work and really wowed me. For my first time ever working with a cover artist, it was an amazing experience and she really took my opinions and ideas into account.

Kaitlyn Pennington, October 2021


Susan Markloff
Gabrielle was wonderful to work with! She shared several concepts and was open to changes as we went. She was even willing to take on a bigger task than we'd originally discussed as the vision became clearer for me. It was an absolute pleasure to work with her, and her professionalism was on point. I cannot wait to work with her on future projects, and feel blessed to have the opportunity to wo...
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Susan Markloff, August 2021


Oshmi Ghosh
Gabrielle was great to work with! She took my ideas into account but incorporated her own stylistic choices and interpretations seamlessly. She was very understanding of my own shortcomings as a young author very new to the process, which was much appreciated.

Oshmi Ghosh, July 2021


TZ Krasner
The cover I wanted was sort of complicated, but Gabrielle worked with me until she had every detail. It came out incredible. Worth every cent. I'll definitely use her services again.

TZ Krasner, July 2021


Lucie Parfitt
I loved Gabrielle's portfolio and was not disappointed with my final product. I had a specific vision for the cover and with her interpretation; it has exceeded expectation. I am in love with it and would certainly use her services again. This was my first time working with a cover artist and Gabrielle reassured me and helped me through this project. Would recommend to any YA Fantasy author loo...
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Lucie Parfitt, June 2021

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