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Daily Helping for September 1st, 2021 – Nilah Magruder

An illustrated image by Nilah Magruder. It depicts two people kissing. One is above land the other is below the water, and their lips meet just below the surface. The background is predominantly blue.

Nilah Magruder is an author and artist who has published short stories, graphic novels, and children’s picture books. And I am completely in love with her work. Her portfolio is impressively varied, and she has worked for Marvel, Disney, and Scholastic on a range of projects. That being said, I found the image above in her personal works, and I can’t stop looking at it. There is something so hauntingly beautiful about this piece. I keep imagining the story behind it and who these characters are. There’s infinite possibilities, and I love them all.

Nilah Magruder also happens to be an openly asexual and aromantic creator, which I think may be a first for the Daily Hart. Knowing this, it’s perhaps a bit ironic that the image above is the one that jumped out at me, as I think it’s very romantic. But like the artist, I know that you don’t have to want romance to appreciate it or its depiction. I’m just happy to see ace presentation, especially from someone so talented. I can’t wait to explore the rest of her back catalogue.

Suggestions for artists I should check out? Please contact me with your ideas. I hope you enjoyed your daily helping of art!