Endpapers from Sweaterweather (click to enlarge)
Author/illustrator Sara Varon is one of my all time favorites! From her color palette and quiet humor, her touching characters and story lines, her books welcome us into her world which is a pretty great place to be.
I’m so happy she agreed to be my first face-to-face interview. One chilly night we met for snacks in Brooklyn. Here is what we talked about:
The Dirt on Sara Varon:
Caffeine of choice: Iced tea (I hope that’s not too old lady-ish of me)
YouTube video you can’t stop watching: I’m a Luddite and I rarely watch YouTube
Hometown: Suburban Illinois
Sara Varon’s tools: ink, eraser, pencil and brush
Now lives in: Brooklyn
Tools of the trade: Ink, brush, paper, Photoshop
Favorite thing to read: I just love a great story, in any form – novels, picture books, short stories, fiction, or non-fiction
Favorite food: Baked goods!
Most prized tchotchke: Oh, there are too many to list.
Cat or dog: Uh, dog, hands down.
Favorite children’s book
…as a child: the Frances books by Russell Hoban, Richard Scarry books
…as an adult: Some favorite graphic novels are the Aya books by Clement Oubrerie and Marguerite Abouet, The Rabbi’s Cat by Joann Sfar, and Moomin and the Golden Tail by Tove Janssen
Ruthie: What technique do you use to do your final color?
Sara: I draw on paper, with a brush and ink. Then scan it and color with Photoshop.
Ruthie: What kind of paper?
Sara: Whatever is cheap. For freelance work and thumbnails, I just use Xerox paper. But for books, if it’s something important, I use Bristol, but nothing fancy. For the ink I always use Dr. Ph. Martin’s Black Star. It’s the best.
Ruthie: Are you drawings little?
Sara: I usually draw at 150%. I think most people draw bigger and reduce. Then you don’t see the mistakes. It looks really clean at the smaller size. And the math is easy. Read More