Grace Vrooman

Grace is an artist from the Hamilton area. Her work focuses on narrative-driven illustration in the realm of magical realism, horror, and the supernatural. She enjoys using traditional media to create expressive figures and environments in which to tell stories of the frightening and divine. In her spare time, she can be found inventing creatures, critters, and other oddities. 

How It Feels to Live Album Illustrations

This project illustrates the album cover and lyric booklet for an imagined album, How It Feels to Live, comprised of nine songs by a variety of artists. The songs and artwork explore Southern Gothic themes like life, faith, loneliness, and the American dream. Formatted for a physical and digital release, selected singles from the tack list have also been adapted into motion illustrations in the style of Spotify Canvas animations.

Album Cover

The Breaking Hands


Long May You Run

A Prayer for Owen Meany Chapter Illustrations

These nine illustrations accompany nine chapter titles of John Irving’s novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany. Each image cleverly reflects the imagery and symbolism described in the text without giving away the story that follows.

Suburban Hell Spreads

Selected excerpts show a glimpse of Suburban Hell, a narrative where something about the world has gone awry. This mock journal tells the story of a character who’s moved out of the big city and into the abject horror of the suburban sprawl, where the natural world meets and rejects man-made infrastructure.

Invisible Cities: Octavia Environment Illustrations

Interpreted from the novel, Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino. These two environments depict the suspended city of Octavia. Cool, dark spaces often occupied by insects, amphibians, and plant life further inspired the project in combination with macro elements that call into question the true scale of this fantastical city.

“Tom, Thom” Spot Illustrations

One full-colour and two black and white illustrations accompany K. M. Ferebee’s short-story “Tom, Thom.” The artworks explore the themes of this story, which offer a twist on folklore and lean into surreal and psychological imagery.