“An Illustration for the magazine PLANSPONSOR, prompted by the phrase ‘having a lot to sort through.’” SooJin Buzelli, art director; PLANSPONSOR, client.
“Illustration for The New Yorker’s dance preview of the American Ballet Theater’s new works by choreographer Alexi Ratmansky.” Jordan Awan, art director; the New Yorker, client.
“From a series of eight portraits of various actors whose film characters have careers in the creative field (i.e. graphic designer, architect), for Printed Pages, Autumn 2013.” James Cartwright, art director; It’s Nice That, client.
“An illustration for a New York Times book review of Anatomies: A Cultural History of the Human Body by Hugh Aldersey-Williams.” Nicholas Blechman, art director; the New York Times, client.
“Illustration accompanying a story by the London correspondent for the New York Times about her experiences upon moving back to the United States after seventeen years in the United Kingdom.” Aviva Michaelov, art director; the New York Times, client.
“A personal series called Color Girls inspired by the lack of sunshine I experienced while living in London.”
“Personal piece for a gallery show inspired by New Yorker covers but reflecting on aspects of Paris.” Aurélie Pollet, curator.
“A map of New York City for an article in the Swiss magazine WW, based on the writer’s visit to various spots in Manhattan.” Aaron Kalitzki, art director; WW Stil, client.
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Duration: Freelancing since 2010.
Technique: I paint with gouache on paper for most of my work, except when the deadline is approaching, and the assignment is intricate—then I paint in Photoshop.
Education: I graduated with a BFA in illustration from Art Center College of Design in 2010.
Influences: I’m very much inspired by midcentury American work, specifically Charley Harper—not just his ability to compose, but also because his work was all done by hand. This is also prevalent in Scandinavian design, like Olle Eksell’s. The simple qualities of Isamu Noguchi’s paintings and sculpture remind me that less is more, which I keep in mind as often as possible!
Big Break: I was featured on Design Sponge last year, which resulted in more attention on different social media platforms, which then introduced me to other illustrators/designers I admired (who are now my friends!). To feel like I was part of a community was more rewarding than being able to find work, which came later on and was due to hard work and learning from said friends.
Environment: I share a studio with a handful of superstar graphic designers who have taken me under their wings. As someone who works primarily with analog tools, it’s inspiring to witness other processes and media.
Philosophy: Trust your instincts, and eat good food. Repeat!