Mad Skills Monday 029: Monica Garwood

Welcome to Mad Skills Monday, where we showcase top work from young creatives to bring some creative inspiration to beat the post-weekend blues. Today we feature the gorgeously painted scenes and characters of Monica Garwood.

Power tool: Gouache, ink, watercolor, sable brush
Power song: Audiobooks! I’m currently listening to Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five as read by Ethan Hawke.
Power snack: Asian pears

The work of San Franciscan illustrator Monica Garwood comes in a range of styles, but all of which are strikingly beautiful, with paintings rich in colour and paper texture often accompanied with dynamic female figures. Many of her pieces have been featured on articles related to social commentary and living spaces. Check out her online portfolio for loads more personal and commissioned work, which includes some very elegant typography pieces too.


The Curated Attic


Bikers Beware: for an article on most dangerous intersections for bikers in San Francisco.


Living in San Francisco


Home Ec Spot: A celebration of home economics.


The Cactus Drinker


Adrift Afloat


The Class


SF Homebuyer’s Guilt




Monica recently graduated with a BFA in Illustration and a minor in Visual Studies at California College of the Arts. You can see more of her work at her website, Facebook page and Twitter.

Want us to show off your mad skills? We’re always looking for young creatives, students and graduates to showcase for our Monday feature, so send us an email with some samples or a portfolio link with the subject line “Mad Skills Monday” to and we’ll check you out!

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