Credit: Courtesy of the artist; Cilla and Amara from Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis

One of our favorite distractions of the day is scrolling through social media or online shops for more artists to support. Our latest illustration crush: New Zealand-based Laya Mutton-Rogers (aka Laya Rose), who creates amazing works featuring queer characters. We’re especially glad we found her because we’re always looking for more female-authored comics and science fiction stories with characters that represent a wide variety of backgrounds.

When it comes to queer identity, pop culture can play a huge role. Seeing queer characters that are in TV, movies, books, and visual culture at large can often have a huge impact on someone realizing their identity (or even someone who has felt alone in their experiences).

Credit: Courtesy of the artist; Jess and Abby from Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee

Thankfully, Laya Rose has started a series featuring queer characters based on some of the books she loves.

Credit: Courtesy of the artist

For the series, she wanted to make sure that she included a range of characters.

Credit: Courtesy of the artist; Alex and Rihi from Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

We love the portraits on their own — we would totally hang them on our wall! — but they’re part of the artist’s larger mission: To help others find more books with queer characters to read.

Credit: Courtesy of the artist: Mnemba and Kara from Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember

We’re also swooning over this San Junipero illustration based on “Black Mirror” (if you haven’t watched the episode, you totally should).

Credit: Courtesy of the artist

If you’ve fallen in love with these illustrations as much as we have, check out the artist’s shop on Society6.