Meet Sarah

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a closer look : the person behind the art

Sarah Allen

Hi Sarah,  thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for us. Here goes!

What's your favorite drink?

Fresh sugarcane juice and lime.  I drink a lot of Lady Grey tea which makes me sound much more fancy than I really am. 

What other jobs have you had besides illustration?

I worked as a web designer for ten years, as a graphic designer and in various communications and marketing roles.  

Where do you live? 

I live in East Brunswick, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. It's pretty multicultural and has lots of great food and arty things going on.  It's changing rapidly at the moment though with lots of apartment blocks spring up everywhere.

Where else have you lived? 

I've worked and lived in London, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Vientiane and Luang Prabang, Laos.  I love to travel and find it a huge source of inspiration. 

I spent nearly 5 years in Laos, from 2009-2014. I don't know how this has influenced my artwork but it's certainly been life changing in every imaginable way. I was working in marketing roles supporting social enterprises and local handicraft artisans. An amazing experience that I'm very grateful for. During this time I started drawing again and soon began working on becoming a professional illustrator. I took my first Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells course while living in a small house by the Mekong River in late 2014. 

I returned to Melbourne 2 years ago now but it doesn't seem like long ago at all. I went back for three months last year—I had a relapse!  It's taken quite a while but I'm really enjoying making Melbourne home again now. 

An illustrated recipe for They Draw and Cook created while in Laos 2016

An illustrated recipe for They Draw and Cook created while in Laos 2016

What’s your creative process like?

I always start with lots of drawing. I love exploring shapes, silhouettes and forms. Most of my pieces have layers of textures I've painted and scanned in. I use Adobe Illustrator for crisp shapes. I use Photoshop to compile it all into one image. I also like experimenting with collage.

What do you do in your spare time?

I'd love some spare time! Work has really taken off and I need to get some balance back for spending time with friends, pub trivia and yoga. I love weekend drives to small country towns, bush walks and being in nature. I'm living in a concrete environment at the moment and dream of moving to the country. 

I'm really enjoying learning about Australia's wildlife and I might have become a bit of a bird nerd. I love visiting zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. We have some incredible flora and fauna in Australia so I never have to look far for inspiration. 

What is your next big goal? 

I'm currently juggling freelance illustration with a part-time job so a big goal is to transition to full time illustration. I hope my client list keeps growing and that lots of fabulous gigs illustrating cookbooks, children's books and travel guides come my way.