Drawn to Detroit



Drawn to Detroit


Leah Carroll







My Story

I am a Detroiter of almost five years. My inspiration comes from the motor city’s history, beauty, charm, and tradition. With six years of experience, teaching art in the public school system and a Master of Education with a concentration in Art Therapy from Wayne State University. I currently work as an Art Therapist at a Behavioral Health Hospital on the east side of Detroit. Almost three years ago now, an assignment from my graduate program, launched me into what is now Drawn to Detroit. I am a self-taught freehand illustrator - which is what sets my work apart from others. I do not use any rulers, t-squares, or other drawing tools. My collection includes almost 60 illustrations with a focus on Detroit architecture. Since Detroit is home to myself and my business, each drawing is created in real-time, viewing the building and or by a photo taken of the structure in its current state. I have had the privilege to showcase my work at Beacon Park, Saint Andrews Hall, The Detroit Writing Room, The Detroit Shoppe, and VoyageMichigan Magazine. As my business has grown I have offered commission work to interested clients. And as a result, the collection has expanded to include illustrations that highlight different cities like Ann Arbor, Pennsylvania, and Atlanta to name a few.

It’s no secret that Detroit and its surrounding cities are home to several beautifully curated wedding venues. Recently I started offering wedding Save The Dates that highlighted my freehand illustrations. I have since, expanded the Drawn to Detroit Wedding collection to include custom wedding favors, custom magnets, and stickers, prints that serve as guest books, Invitation Bundles, Thank You Cards, and much more! The Drawn to Detroit Wedding collection is simple yet elegant. I pride myself on the custom work for each Bride and Groom, along with an exceptional customer service experience. Since I am constantly expanding my reach I continue to offer clients the ability to request custom illustrations of buildings (including homes) not yet in the collection and or outside of the city of Detroit. Digital prints of each original illustration, magnets, mugs, stickers, apparel and more can be found online at drawntodetroit.com. For more information please visit drawntodetroit.com online or drawntodetroit on Instagram.

Our Services

Drawn to Detroit offers custom illustrations of buildings and homes. Custom illustrations are printed digitally upon client request. Shop online to purchase Detroit-inspired prints, magnets, mugs, apparel, custom wedding invitations, and bundles. Lastly, custom illustrations of a specific home, restaurant, building, venue, etc are available upon request at drawntodetroit.com.


"Leah made such a daunting project so much fun! She has an innate ability to take a vision and blow it up beyond expectations! She is so kind and encouraging and makes a client feel like a real-life friend. Which is so wholesome in an industry where many vendors see you as a dollar sign. Her talent is absolutely unmatched!" - Andrea (Bride)

"I’m SO excited about this, my husband is going to love it. THANK YOU." - Erika (Custom Illustration Client)

"It was a pleasure working with Leah for a Drawn to Detroit exhibit and pop-up at The Detroit Writing Room. She's an exceptionally talented artist who brings buildings to life with paper and pencil. She's also an incredibly caring person who loves Detroit and Detroiters. It's no wonder people are drawn to her artwork." -Stephanie Steinberg (Founder of The Detroit Writing Room)

"Leah of Drawn to Detroit was great to work with and customized one of her original artworks for us on short notice in time for our wedding. We loved the final artwork and now have a memory that we can keep forever." - Amanda (Bride)

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