Justine Mara Andersen is currently doing illustration work for Magic The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons. Justine, an accomplished career illustrator, has created art for DC Comics, Dungeons and Dragons core books, Dragon Magazine, Image Comics, Lucasfilm, a fab Barbarella cover and so dang much more it’s insane.
Need an illustrator? Contact Justine above. Just want to see her work? There’s plenty of it in the galleries above.
NEWS! Justine has just taken personal control over her Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/barefootjustine/), starting it from scratch, so jump in!
Justine is now offering, for a limited time, a FREE download of her new (and long overdo) poetry book: “Justine Mara Andersen, Maya Moksha Chitra – Poetry,” featuring luscious rare and never before seen art to accompany a plethora of poetic musings on material life and spiritual seeking from the perspective of an American Shaiva. Links to her published poems will also be found in the category “Poetry” above.
Below is but a sample of what you will find in her “galleries” above.
“Age? Age? There’s only one age. Either you’re alive or you’re not.”
A Joke I wrote:
Q: How many modern artists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: One, but all he does is set a jar of urine in the center of the room while a crowd of critics and university art professors stand around in a dark room stinking of urine applauding and convincing everyone that he has challenged our definition of screwing in a lightbulb.
One great classic Mara image for those of you who remember…
aghfdk finally got a chance to check out your website! You are amazing, this is amazing, I’m so looking forward to following your work! 🙂
Glad to meet you today. I’ll be in touch, Alan.
hey i really like your site just wanted to say that!
i have your D&D art boxed up, and ready to go. i will have it sent as soon as I get a day off. thank you, again for letting me keep a couple 🙂
Hey caught me by surprise.Been looking for you to talk again. I don’t know what to say, but Sharon my lady died of cancer. Lost it all, but I still managed to save that special disc set you sent me of McCartney. Bless you for that. When you have time please write. Paraphrasing the McCartney song:
‘I’m looking through you
Where did you go?
I thought I knew you
What did I know?
You do look different
But have you changed?
I’m looking through you
Are you still the same’
Ed McLaughlin aka Boneless
I have been refused entry to 2 or 3 places in 10 months since moving to Florida. It’s amazing what affect simply accepting who you are and how you are meant to be can have. I’m meant to be barefoot. Plus… I’m subversive, and to places like grocery stores, I wear bell bottoms to be discreet.
Guess the store employees and managers feel they have a bit of discretion in this regard. Seem they get picky about footwear when they feel the powers that be will be watching. What’s your take on this?
Hey Justine, I just found this site today. I’m glad that things are going so well for you. It’s great that you’re drawing again!
Thanks Mark, sorry this reply took so long. Things are good here!
Just wanted to tell you I miss you and am so glad you have found your path. Proud to know you and am lovin your beautiful photos. Great website. Love You
Thanks Bev, love you too. And boy, I’ll tell you, I’m more glad than you are that I found my path! Now that I’ve found it I plan to revel in every barefoot step. I loved everyone in Akron, but I’ve found not only my path, but a real home here in Gainesville, this place has really welcomed me with open arms and a lot of warmth.
Yaaaay! Can’t wait to visit you in all your glory! Someday, now that I’m no longer employed by that wretched shoe store! Yes you read correctly…..Shoe store! Meant to be!
Got a great room for you, free, here on the lakefront property where I live with the alligators, deer and bald eagles.
Jess Franco was a true visionary artist. Such people are not understood or appreciated by
most of us. It is a rarefied air they breathe.
Indeed, Joe, Franco was a rare visionary, not many of them are walking among us. I wanted to reply here and now ’cause eventually the bit I wrote about Jess Franco will be deleted from my home page, only to be found within my blogs, and I want people to know that this post/comment is not random or out of place. So, if the Franco piece is gone, you can find it here:https://barefootjustine.com/2013/04/03/jess-franco-no-apologies/
Hi we Shiva Trust Charity are putting together a magazine/newsletter called Daily Sadhana here in the uk .Do you have any Hindu type illustration we could use .The theme of the first issue is Self Realisation in the west .We are also open to articles 500-1500 words long ,it will be in hard copy and online in a PDF format .Our aim Is to share about Hinduism and support western Hindus
I will gladly participate! We can talk about what you need, I have writing, comics stories, illustrations, and ideas.
Please send me an email so we can work out the details of what I could provide: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve been looking for blogs by “white Hindus” (lol) and I’m looking forward to reading your posts. The paradigm shift is huge but in the words of Gurudeva from the Kauai’i Hindu monastery “I can, I will, I am able!”
Thanks Nandikesh, please read my blogs, and please feel free to start dialogues with me about them… I am a fresh convert, and do not know everything, I am here to learn as much as to share.
I really enjoyed your tails tonight at Satchel’s …thank you!
And yes, your art is fucking awesome!
Thanks Rex, welcome aboard (got your FB request, too).
You’re welcome, Justine and thanks!
I met you years ago at dragon con in Atlanta and was able to get an original punished pic of mara from you back then.
I have always been a big mara fan and want to make sure my collection is complete. What issues was she in, and how many collected editions did you have of her?
So glad to find you to ask this after all these years. Really enjoy your artwork.
Greg, check out my “contact” page and send me a private email. In the meantime I will try and work all that out for you (she was in a number of books with a number of publishers). I’ll look over my collection and send info when you contact me privately.
Found your beautiful blog by accident and just wanted to say ‘Hi’. I am a fellow 24/7 barefooter from Germany (the nickname meaning “leathery sole”) and completely barefoot all the time. Your texts about why a barefoot life is so strangely exhilarating and fulfilling I found quite thoughtful. Though, yes, you are “more than a pair of feet” – I especially enjoyed the glimpses into the composition and drawing process of your graphic novel. (Had no idea previously that even the arrangement of panels is such a complex task.) So – bravo and keep up the good work!
Welcome aboard, thanks for your encouragement.
Hi Justine. I was a big fan of yours back in the Mara comics day. We even corresponded several times and I won a contest. I think I was the only entrant. Anyway I was getting the preliminary thumbnails down for a story idea down and I thought about how you gorgeously draw trees. How much is it for a page of art? Penciled or inked. Thanks. It’s great you’re being who you are.
Michael, good to hear from you… I’d probably remember you if we were to meet. Anyhow, regarding art, I just sold almost all of my Dungeons & Dragons illustrations to a collector in Los Angeles, so I haven’t much left, I do, however, have a lovely little postcard watercolor that is a close-up of bark on a tree. If you are serious and you want that (or one of the pieces I still have left), go to my “contacts” section and send me a private email, I’m sure I could sell you something. Also, for reference on trees and bark, look at Arthur Rackham and Eyevind Earle.
Hi Justine, this is Rachel from Rochester 🙂 Finally found you again. Great work as always. I lost touch with you and then I lost your contact info…sorry about that. Anyways I’ll send you an e-mail, love to hear what you’re up to now. Peace By the way, I love my Mara comics…she’s hot like you.
Wow, I was hoping we’d connect again some day… so, yes, I remember you very clearly. And please send an email (see my ‘contact’ link above). My life has changed radically, and in every possible way since last we spoke, and (apart from being older) all for the better!
Justine,just recently discovered you.You’re spectactular human being.Love your blog It’s like looking in a mirror.If you’re ever around deland email me.I can take you for a nice sandy hilly run
Thank you… I’m ashamed to say… I’m having to think about where Deland is!
Ah… I see now that it is in Florida! Well… we’re practically neighbors.
I’d enjoy meeting you.Anyway,I love your site many levels.Your comment on Frank Frazetta vis-a-vis Boris Vallejo are right on,though I do admit a liking for Julie Bell.I’ve never seen Mara,Ill look for her.Btw,Deland is a college town(Stetson)and has a lot of festivals.
If you want to contact me personally (since we are practically neighbors), please do so via my contact link at the top of the page. That goes directly to my personal email.
Thanks for following The Immortal Jukebox Justine. I hope you have found some entertaining music and writing and perhaps made some discoveries. If you haven’t visited for a while come on over and check out some recent posts! Good luck with your eye catching blog. Regards Thom
I just stumbled across your site and I have to say thank you! Thank you, I admire you for being so real, it’s truly a breath of fresh air to see a woman take charge of their life in pursuit of their own happiness and do it on their own terms. I think the lifestyle that you’ve chosen is so much better than “the bus”, I’m reevaluating my own life as well looking to be real again and keeping it natural and simple.
I got a little taste of your lifestyle last summer when I met a lady who’d lived with me for a while. She was very much like you, thinking independently, s free spirited hippie who also loved living barefooted. It opened my eyes to a whole new way of thinking about life, living and happiness.
You see, I came from the proverbial “bus” and had been on it most of my life. I never knew how much more beautiful life could be up until recently. She’s since moved on (poor life choices). Although it left a void in my life, it did open my eyes and mind to something which I now chose not to be without.
Anyway, thank you so much for your blog as it’s been very inspirational for me. Also for keeping “real” alive, it’s hard to find down to earth people these days.
Well… Jeff, I am thankful for these words… sometimes it gets lonely when you’re “off the bus.” And man… what’s up with the bus these days?
You’re most welcome. No need to be lonely “off the bus”, we just need to stick together giving support and your blog does an amazing job of the realities of life. Thank you again!
Oh gawd, the bus… All the more reason to do your own thing, it reminds me of that scene in Pink Floyd’s The Wall
Just came across your blog,(don’t even know how), thought I would say ‘hello’..
And hello to you.
Very MUCHA-esque. Do you do correspondence classes, or is it though SAW??
I can do classes through SAW or privately.
far out. I love it your a master like my self. Although we are different in our works. we are obviously unique in our works. absolutely love it…😎
Love your work and story. Inspiring..
Look me up!
Hello dear Mara ^__^ How are you, 👣 ?
The full art Parcelbeast is the coolest fucking card I have ever seen. I want to frame it. It’s fucking perfect. You are awesome.
So thankful… enjoy!
Sorry for the belated reply… but thanks!
Your work is amazing! Looking forward to more in the future.
Thank you very much!
Hello, I just discovered your art through the cards you did for the Magic: the Gathering Ikoria set. Would it be possible to buy prints of the art you did for those cards? Illuna, trumpeting gnarr, and Parcelbeast are easily my favorite arts in the set.
Well, I don’t do prints, but I am delighted my work are your faves!
Dear Justine- Thanks for your amazing work! Where could I purchase your graphic memoir? I have been waiting to find that book since I read about your work through the Tom Hart’s book about Graphic Memoirs. Can we purchase directly or through vendors? Thanks, LM
Right, sorry, I don’t really maintain my site anymore. Regards the memoir, it will remain unpublished, but I am grateful for the interest. I decided that a memoir was too personal to seek publication, to endure rejection slips, then critics if it were published, and likely low sales. Some things are better kept quietly to yourself, and for me, this was one of them. I have another highly personal project that I finished a while back, and I have decided to keep that to myself as well. But… lots of my work is starting to get around, stuff clients hire me to do (like Magic The Gathering cards, etc.).
Hey there! I love your art. Even more so I love the work you did with magic the gathering and the showcase art you did for their DnD expansion. Do you ever do signings for some of the cards you designed?
Looking forward to checking this out. Fantastic art!
Hello my names Allen I play mtg and love the illuna apex of wishes art and would like to have a signed copy is there any way to get one I have the card and am willing to ship
Go to “contact” and email me. I can give you an address to send it to.