If you’re anything like us, then sometimes one sketch from your favorite artist isn’t enough to satiate an illustration habit. Enter the hand-drawn zine, which has recently entered a period of renaissance inspired by nostalgia for the form’s pre-Internet heyday. Created by artists, crafters, and writers, this DIY platform allots plentiful, often themed, pages for solo artwork and collaborative efforts. We’ve scoured Etsy for a diverse array of amazing zines that tackle a myriad of topics — music, cinema, relationships, poetry, and even anxiety disorders — through art. Feast your eyes on hand-bound collections of watercolor, black ink, graphite, and collage art, and maybe even find your new favorite publication, after the jump.
Imaginary Lovers ($5, Etsy)
Have you ever made eyes at a stranger on the train or at the local coffee shop and briefly fantasized about what dating them would encompass? New Zealand-based artist Devon Smith transformed these passing daydreams into a sweet black-and-white zine by making portraits of strangers she found endearing and lending them imaginary characteristics.