Name: Sarah Anthony
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.
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!
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.
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