Meet Stellar Leuna, The Mystical Aussie Illustrator Who’s Worked With Both Prada And Netflix

October is well and truly the favourite month for spooks, but there are those among us who live by the witchy ethos all year long. We witchy few are all about a creepy aesthetic — from graveyard vibes to an all-black wardrobe, every day is spooky.

It reflects in everything we do, even if all we’re doing is lazing around the house watching The Craft, Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic and Scooby Doo on Zombie Island (it’s an underrated classic, fight me). But if you think we’ve got powerful vibes when we’re just lazing around, imagine what we can do when we’re getting shit done.

And this hard-working Aussie illustrator embodies that witchy vibe so much that I would happily let her hex me into next week.

the biggest of big moods

Stellar Leuna is an illustrator who got her start doing as all artists do — working at night after fulfilling the obligations of her regular ‘bill-paying’ work. She studied at Billy Blue College of Design, doing Communications Design before branching out into illustration.

“I started out just self-publishing zines, exhibiting my art in galleries and doing a lot of merch for local bands,” she said. “I kind of had like, a day job, but then I would come home at night and just draw and draw and draw.”

And all that drawing definitely paid off because this sorceress of sketches has since worked with seriously impressive clients like Netflix, Prada, Tiffany and Co. and Vans. Excuse me but who’ve you gotta charm to get that kind of cred?

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And it’s been a whirlwind for Stellar Leuna herself, realising her arty dreams could manifest in reality. Prada was a huge milestone, when she collaborated on their women’s ready-to-wear SS18 collection. Inspired by comics and feminism.

Not gonna lie, it’s pretty impressive to go from drawing in your spare time to watching a jacket with your artwork parade down a runway in front of fashion’s most elite. I get excited when I see someone wearing a band tee that I like, let alone something you LITERALLY created yourself.

She described her experience creating the artwork for the jacket above:

“So this is the piece that I collaborated with Prada on, featuring my artwork on the back as a patch. I remember drawing this in my room around like, 2am. Four, five years later, it’s on a Prada jacket. So that’s pretty crazy.”

oh, you know, no big deal

But that’s not all she’s done — on top of a 10/10 arty Instagram, Stellar Leuna has done some pretty sick editorial work on top.

“GQ Germany approached me to do a series of comic strips based on Mick Jagger’s life,” she said.

“So this is a little illustration of them when they first get their show, as the Rolling Stones. They come up with the name, The Rolling Stones. This was one of the first times I’ve ever done a feature like this.”

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And if that wasn’t enough, Stellar Leuna has done some pretty sick work for Netflix Australia that definitely echoes the witchy magic that I want to emulate from her.

“This next piece is something I did with Netflix Australia to promote the new show, The Chilling Tales of Sabrina, and it was really cool because I got to basically just draw whatever I usually draw and that I love drawing,” said Leuna. “Witchy stuff, old hags, graveyards… There was an animated segment that went with it as well.”

If you’ve seen Sabrina, you know that it’s 10000% the same kind of chilled, spooky cup of goodness — with a garnish of feminism and empowerment to make the brew even more powerful.

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Wanna follow in her spooky footsteps? Here’s what you should keep in mind:

“One really cool thing that I learned from Billy Blue is that I think it’s really important to find your own voice and your own style, especially when it comes to illustration. And to not do what’s popular or what you think that other people would like.”

As for her own style? She says: “I’d probably describe my style as being black and white, comic book-influenced illustration.”

And witchy. Don’t forget witchy. Want to hear more from her?

Check out the video below: