Sydney-based fashion illustrator Marta Madison, is now offering high quality prints of her Zodiac Women Art Series.

As seen in Rebirth magazine, October 2020 (page 34-35)

Welcome to my Zodiac Women Series Art Prints page.

Marta Madison is a Canadian-born fashion illustrator, now living in Sydney Australia. Her unique internal imaginings have resulted in  a series of stunning illustrations of the Zodiac.

Marta’s art practice focusses on high-end fashion illustration using watercolour, marker and pen and ink. Not only beautiful, her sketches also reflect her quirky world view.

“I draw stories in shorthand,” she explains.

Her business, DrawntoFashion.com.au, has evolved over the last ten years from creating felted and hand-painted silk scarves in 2012, to bespoke bridal and product illustrations. Her client list is impressive. Marta says, “I am old-school: I draw on paper with pencil, and then work this onto Bristol board or watercolour paper. My clients seek me out for my elegant lines and my expressive female faces and forms.”

The birth of an idea: the first of the Zodiac Women Series

In between client commissions in 2018, I sat doodling–which I love to do for relaxation–and out popped a very lively dancer. Lo and behold, Libra was born! Little did I realise I had sketched my first idea for what was to become an all-encompassing project: The Zodiac Women Series.

I kept revisiting this charming sketch and I thought to myself, “I could make something out of this!”

It comes as no surprise that Marta is a Libran. Artistic Librans are known for their balanced outlook on life, and love of beauty. Knowing that the scales were the symbol for Libra, an idea came to her to represent Libra as an Almeh, an Arabian dancer practiced in the art of singing and reciting classical poetry. She literally is the fulcrum, and hanging from each arm are gold pans full of sapphires, attached to gold chains. She is adorned with jewels and wears a traditional dancer’s costume. She is so nimble and lithe, as she dances freely, with sensuous movement. She represents equilibrium with grace.

A bit about the process

Marta talks about her process: “Once I started this drawing, I challenged myself to come up with the remaining 11 Zodiac star signs, I spent weekends sketching out ideas and then drawing them on to A1 paper in the ‘tondo’ (round) format, using pencil crayon and a bit of pen. The criteria was to avoid stereotypes and see the essence of the woman. I included spirit animals as well in some of the drawings.”

“I wanted to go outside the stereotypical astrological symbols and use my fashion illustration skills to draw them in slightly more historical costumes, telling a story with in each drawing.”   Sydney-based Fashion Illustrator, Marta Madison on her new Zodiac Women Art Series

“For example, the typical Cancer female is often drawn with claw hands. This does not do her justice! There is so much more to the sign….her relationship with the Moon, her birthstone (pearl), and her native habitat, water.

Stepping away from this trope, inspiration arrived in the form of a red-haired nymph, wading out into the ocean in the evening light. She is seen offering up a pearl to the Moon Goddess, with her little crab friends basking in the dusky sunset glow.”

Hidden gems

In the tradition of artists gone by, she loves visual games. There are hidden symbols within each drawing. Look closely, and you will see that the stars in the sky are the true constellations for each sign.She has also worked symbols into clothing or jewellery. The viewer finds little tricks and stories in each drawing.

Says Marta, “For each of my ‘beauties’, it was the same: the Eternal Goddess blessed me with a flow of ideas. A few of the concepts were a struggle, but I did not give up because I knew they were all waiting to come out. And now I can share them with the world. How grateful I am for the connection to my inner wisdom that allowed me the opportunity to bring these to life.

People often ask me if I am an astrologer. I tell them no, but I am interested in the archetypes and symbology. My cousin Nadia (rubyslipper.ca) is the real deal. Her blog is widely read and her readings—beautifully written—are spot on.”

Marta continues, “If my drawings show anything, it is how accessible astrology is, and perseverance with an idea pays off. Yes, astrology is mystical, but it is also entertaining and insightful. Who hasn’t read their horoscope to gain knowledge or ascribed attributes of a sign to themselves and others? It can be so much fun. I am so happy to introduce my beauties to the world. They each have their own story to tell.”

 A book of the whole series, complete with descriptions of the traits of each sign will be out in 2021. You can pre-order a copy by emailing the artist at marta@drawntofashion.com.au

These prints by Sydney-based Fashion Illustrator, Marta Madison, include the birthstone and flower for each sign as well as a bit about the sign’s strengths and weaknesses. All printed on high quality giclee paper. 

A sampling of Zodiac Women posters and their content which includes description each star sign trait, their birthstone and flower.

Available from 10 October.

Choose from one of 12 original art pieces,  A4 or A3 size on finest cotton rag archival paper. Prices for A4: $49.00 and A3: $69.00 plus GST and free delivery in Australia.

A set of all 12 A4s is only $499.00, 12 A3s, $699.00, plus GST plus Free delivery within Australia. 

View the whole series below.

To order click here. You will be redirected to my ordering page. You can also drop me an email marta@drawntofashion.com.au

The Zodiac Art Prints Series by Marta Madison

Aquarius holding her urn of water, ocean blue, astrology, zodiac women, black hair, wedding hair, wedding art, red, blue, yellow art, painting, women, fashion illustration, top ten fashion illustrators, Sydney fashion illustrator, fashion illustration, megan hess

AQUARIUS
Aquarius raises her urn to give life-giving water where it is needed. A woman of strength and intuition, Aquarius feels first, working from instinct and clarity to bring her insights and wisdom to any situation.

Libra danciing wihile balancing sapphires, astrology, zodiac women, black hair, wedding hair, wedding art, red, blue, yellow art, painting, women, fashion illustration, top ten fashion illustrators, Sydney fashion illustrator, fashion illustration, megan hess
LIBRA
This was the first drawing that came to me in a vision and started me on my zodiac women series. Not surprisingly, I am a Libran, with my artistic temperament! Lovely Libra, balancing her precious sapphires on golden discs as she dances lightly through life. A true beauty, she lights up every gathering and is always the belle of the ball.
Aries guarding her rams, red coat, sunset, astrology, zodiac women, black hair, wedding hair, wedding art, red, blue, yellow art, painting, women, fashion illustration, top ten fashion illustrators, Sydney fashion illustrator, fashion illustration, megan hess
ARIES
Aries wears an exquisite cape of finest wool spun from her trusty rams, whom she guards and protects. Her garment has the symbol of the thistle which represents victory over adversity and resolute survival, no matter the environment or situation.
Cancer in the moonlight with crabs, red hair astrology, zodiac women, black hair, wedding hair, wedding art, red, blue, yellow art, painting, women, fashion illustration, top ten fashion illustrators, Sydney fashion illustrator, fashion illustration, megan hess
CANCER
Cancerians live among watery worlds—-ponds, rivers and moonlit sea pools. Here she raises a pearl to the Moon, gathering its energies so she may give strength to others, while her crab companions gather to bask in the evening’s dusky glow.
Capricorn with her faithful goats in a mountain setting, astrology, zodiac women, black hair, wedding hair, wedding art, red, blue, yellow art, painting, women, fashion illustration, top ten fashion illustrators, Sydney fashion illustrator, fashion illustration, megan hess
CAPRICORN
Capricorn surveys her snowy domain, wrapped in furs and jewels, her eyes the deepest blue. By her side are her loyal and nimble goats, guarding and guiding her along the mountain passes. Her beautiful coat is gift from the mountain tribesmen, whom she has blessed with good harvest and fertile animals.
Gemini twins dancing with white veils, astrology, zodiac women, black hair, wedding hair, wedding art, red, blue, yellow art, painting, women, fashion illustration, top ten fashion illustrators, Sydney fashion illustrator, fashion illustration, megan hess
GEMINI
The Gemini twins are playful and sensuous, lovers of dance and earthly delights. Their white robes flow gracefully around them as they glide and twirl, the centre of attention, as always.
Leo astride her trusty lion companion, astrology, zodiac women, black hair, wedding hair, wedding art, red, blue, yellow art, painting, women, fashion illustration, top ten fashion illustrators, Sydney fashion illustrator, fashion illustration, megan hess
LEO
Leo is bold and fearless. She roams the desert with her faithful lion, searching for new lands to command. They respect each other’s strength, and honour one another’s beauty.
Pisces plunging into blue water with fish, astrology, zodiac women, black hair, wedding hair, wedding art, red, blue, yellow art, painting, women, fashion illustration, top ten fashion illustrators, Sydney fashion illustrator, fashion illustration, megan hess
PISCES
Here we have Pisces plunging into her watery domain, bubbles rising, she reunites with her aquatic friends. I wanted to show the active side of the sign, the flow of her billowy dress and her hair. Pisces loves the vastness and solitude of the ocean.
Sagitarius taking aim in the forest with bow and arrow, astrology, zodiac women, black hair, wedding hair, wedding art, red, blue, yellow art, painting, women, fashion illustration, top ten fashion illustrators, Sydney fashion illustrator, fashion illustration, megan hess
SAGITTARIUS
Steady, measured, fierce and commanding, this feisty warrior sets her sights on what she wants and bags the prize every time. An athletic huntress, she is queen of all she surveys.
Scorpio atop her scorpion friend, desert, sunset, red claw, astrology, zodiac women, black hair, wedding hair, wedding art, red, blue, yellow art, painting, women, fashion illustration, top ten fashion illustrators, Sydney fashion illustrator, fashion illustration, megan hess, one of Sydney-based fashion illustrator Marta Madison series of Zodiac Women
SCORPIO
The languid Scorpio lady is able is to command her stinging companion to do her bidding. Confident in the hottest of situations, she knows a sharp reply will get the respect she deserves. The scorpion has few predators and is highly adaptable to the environment, especially in extreme temperatures.
Taurus, spanish dancer with bull, astrology, zodiac women, black hair, wedding hair, wedding art, red, blue, yellow art, painting, women, fashion illustration, top ten fashion illustrators, Sydney fashion illustrator, fashion illustration, megan hess one of Sydney-based fashion illustrator Marta Madison series of Zodiac Women
TAURUS
The defiant diva, a Spanish señorita with a firm grip on life. She demonstrates grace by keeping her composure while dramas swirl around her. She is an example to others of elegance and strength in a beautiful, fiery package.
Virgo in a field, astrology, zodiac women, black hair, wedding hair, wedding art, red, blue, yellow art, painting, women, fashion illustration, top ten fashion illustrators, Sydney fashion illustrator, fashion illustration, megan hess
VIRGO
Virgo is a lass of the land. Grounded, fertile, lover of animals, she is a good-natured girl, with a sunny disposition and clear complexion. This drawing is set circa 1500, when the cotton coif was the popular head wear. Here she stands having finished her work in the field. The harvest is done and it is time for her lunch of bread and grapes with her devoted friends, the magpie and fox.


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