Artist creates beautiful illustrations of heroines from classic literature

KT Smail has been creating beautiful illustrations for many years, using her favourite pastel palettes to bring something dreamy to the page. Entranced by decorative florals, expressive patterns and female muses, her early career as a fashion journalist really shines through in her work.

Some of her most recent projects include a set of illustrations of well-loved heroines from classic literature. The series brings faces to Virginia’s Woolf’s troubled Mrs Dalloway, Gustave Flaubert’s seductive Madame Bovary, Anna Karenina in Leo Tolstoy’s impressive novel, and young Tess from Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles.

Having worked with designers and brands, adding her illustrations to photographs and videos, Smail’s portfolio of work is particularly impressive. Her set of Zodiac illustrations is just as fashionable and full of flowers. Find more of the artist’s work at