Zso (aka Sara Blake) is an Interactive Art Director, Designer and Illustrator living in New York City. She grew up in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia but moved to New York to study a mix of studio art, creative writing, graphic design, and postmodernism at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Her work is characterized by a mindblowing mix of traditional and digital media, wild colors, textures and it possesses a certain fluid and feminine quality. See some choice pieces below.
All her illustration works start by hand with pencil and paper. She does very little sketching and likes to describe this stage of the process as freestyle. She mainly uses a real pen, but sometimes also uses a Wacom tablet for light airbrushing and accentuating shadows and highlights. She then adds watercolor, scans, and colors the piece in Photoshop. Interestingly, she has a huge library of textures from around NYC that she has collected over the years with her digital camera—sidewalks, broken glass, construction tape, graffiti—which she layers on into each drawing. She also likes to take time lapse screen captures of her digital process once the original drawing is scanned, as it helps her understand herself. We have shared one of those time-lapses below, but we recommend you check out her Vimeo profile for more.
Sara has her debut solo show at the Friends of Leon Gallery in Sydney, Australia, which opening September 23rd. If you are in or around Sydney, make sure you don’t miss this!
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