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Conversations with the Inspiring Sarah Wolff

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Wolff.

Sarah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been enamored with the art world. My mom and brother truly sparked my interest in art at an early age. My mom graduated with a studio art degree and went on to become a Technical Illustrator got Boeing. Having her there throughout the years to offer guidance, artistic opinions, and ideas has been instrumental in my journey thus far. Although he may not realize it, my brother’s sketches greatly influenced my own art as we grew up. I was always so eager to show him and the rest of my family my latest drawing or painting when I was finished.

My parents and siblings have always been my main support system, who have been there to encourage me throughout the years. From a young age, something that really influenced my art was Disney. When my parents would take my siblings and I go to Disneyland, I would always ask them if we could visit the art gallery on Main Street. The attention to detail and the vibrant colors found throughout the parks, movies, and artwork continues to inspire me. With my love for art and creating constantly growing, I couldn’t really imagine myself doing anything else. That is when I decided to attend CSULB and pursue and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in Illustration.

Has it been a smooth road?
Once I had decided to pursue a degree in illustration, I began to receive a variety of responses. I am blessed to have had so many people support my decision and openly encourage me. However, of course, there were those who scoffed at my decision or voiced concerns. The vast majority of the population believes that creating art is easy. They do not see the many stages it takes to get to a finished piece. During my time at the university, there has been many late, sometimes sleepless nights. Countless hours of planning and executing an idea. A few emotional breakdowns due to upcoming deadlines. All accompanied by a recently developed reliance on coffee that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Although there have been quick flickers of a moment when I too have questioned my career choice. My last few years at University have been the most fulfilling and rewarding years of my life.

To all young artists, especially young women, believe in yourself. Trust your instincts and never allow anyone else to decide your future for you. We are all wonderfully unique and our individuality is what makes our lives spectacular. Be kind, motivate, and inspire one another.

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
In the last few years at university, I have experimented with gauche and watercolor paint. However, quite recently I have fallen in love with pen and watercolor illustrations. I love the vibrancy and transparency found within the medium. It allows me to work as meticulous or as loose as I’d like.

The fact that I do mainly work traditionally is what I believe sets me apart from others. I absolutely take my hat off to my friends and my peers whom work digitally to create their work because it is spectacular. In my own opinion, I think there is something quite beautiful about working in the traditional sense. I love the process of picking up a blank canvas and giving it life through my illustrations. I put so much of heart in every piece I create and in turn, I feel so much pride and accomplishment in my work.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
I have found the app Procreate to be entirely useful to me when planning out colors for my illustrations. I very rarely work digitally, but that app is very user-friendly to those who are still learning this medium.

While I am drawing or painting, I love to listen to music or watch movies. Having that background noise allows me to forget the outside world for a moment and be in the moment to focus on my illustration.

Contact Info:

  • Website: sarahwolffart.com
  • Phone: (714)-356-1554
  • Email: sarahewolff14@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @sarah.wolff.art

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