Sara Richard is an illustrator from New Hampshire. I had the pleasure of meeting her at San Diego Comic-Con. Currently she's working on covers for IDW's “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” series, and soon to be Powerpuff Girls. She also illustrated a five-page story in IDW's Womanthology. She has illustrated the Eisner Award-nominated “Kitty & Dino”. All her work is handpainted in acrylic paint. Her interests are hang gliding, Dr. Who, dinosaurs, ghost hunting and Art Deco /Art Nouveau.
For what age audience do you illustrate?
“Kitty & Dino” is targeted at young and first-time readers, but is fun for everyone who likes cats and dinosaurs, or just likes a cute, simple story!
Henry: Doesn't everyone love the combination of cats and dinosaurs?
Tell us about your latest book.
“Kitty & Dino”, published by Yen Press, is about what happens when a little boy brings home a dinosaur egg and the family cat raises the baby dinosaur that emerges from the egg! At first the cat doesn't like the burden placed on her, but the two unlikely friends grow very close and have fun adventures!
Henry: Great concept. It's like “Flap Your Wings” meets Jurassic Park!
What aspect of illustrating do you find most challenging?
Trying to keep the characters consistent in size is the hardest for me. But also trying to figure out what the writer has imagined in their mind and translating it to paper!
What is a powerful lesson you've learned from being an illustrator?
Be flexible when working with clients. Personally though, listen to critiques of your work, but don't take them as personal insults. It's just business sometimes!
Henry: As a writer, I have learned to separate critiques of my work from my ego. Critiques only help you be a better writer or illustrator, so in the end, constructive feedback only improves your craft.
What has been a memorable experience that you never would have had if you had not been an illustrator?
Going to the Eisner Award when “Kitty & Dino” was nominated for Best Publication for Young Readers.
Henry: That is pretty AWESOME!
What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
Like I said above about the critiques. Don't take them personally. I find this is a big problem for emerging artists. A critique, especially a harsh, one can hurt feelings. Just treat it like work, and not anything personal. Also, draw every day!
Henry: The writers I interview say the equivalent thing. Write-write-write. And read-read-read.
Do you have any favorite quotes?
“Teach the world to move to your sound, hop around and twirl around, and put a little mustard on it" - Electric Six. It's such a fun idea, and what I want most is to have fun sharing my art.
Click to read the complete interview at Henry Herz's blog on fantasy and science fiction books for kids.