Mariel Hester is a freelance illustrator living in North Carolina. She enjoys studying the people around her-- family, friends, and strangers- so as to record the nuances in their character; she hopes that by drawing often she can come to understand them better.

Mariel also specializes in drawing pretty boys. She can get a bit gloomy at times-- as she is still figuring out how to act human in social situations-- but lights up instantly at the sight of 90's anime, Kamen Rider, and cats.  

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