Meet The Illustrator: Sarah Anthony

Name: Sarah Anthony

Describe your illustration style in ten words or less.
Realist figurative oil painting and drawing

What items are an essential part of your creative space?
Oil paints, pencils and mediums, beautiful hand pressed papers, coffee and music

Do you have a favourite artistic medium?
I love painting in oils as they have a luminous quality, and vibrancy of colour that is hard to find in other mediums.

Name three artists whose work inspires you.
Denis Sarazhin, Lucy Culliton, Colin Davidson

Which artistic period would you most like to visit and why?
All of them! In particular, though, the Impressionists.
I am personally so influenced by the use of light and colour to convey mood, that characterised the movement.

Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?
I was working as a painter and hadn’t really thought of turning my hand to illustration until I was contacted by the Associate Art Director at Walker books. I thought “what an extremely great idea!” and the rest is history!

Can you share a photo of your creative work space or part of the area where you work most often? Talk us through it.
As we are currently under lockdown I mostly paint at a tabletop easel in the dining room at home. I have a trolley next to me with all my paints and mediums in and a plan chest for all my drawings.

What is your favourite part of the illustration process?
It’s all interesting, but it is such a buzz when the text is first placed into the illustrations, and the project starts to come to life as a book.

What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator?
Spend serious time in developing a portfolio that shows the range of work you can do. Join professional bodies and groups that can help promote your work and help you make industry connections. Take your time, and don’t give up!

 Sarah is a Melbourne-based figurative painter, metalsmith and illustrator. Her qualifications include BA Hons Fine Arts / Silversmithing and MA Art Therapy.
She has a particular interest in portraiture and do private commissions and exhibit regularly. In 2020 Sarah illustrated her first children’s picture book named ‘Drover’ for Walker Books.

For more information, please visit Sarah’s website or follow her on instagram.

August 12, 2021 at 12:35AM Katrin Dreiling