With such beautiful patterns and masses of exuberant drawings, it’s hard to believe that for Sarah Andreacchio, illustration hadn’t been the first choice when thinking about what route to take. After trying her hand in different creative fields, it wasn’t until she met her now husband, also an illustrator, that she knew what she wanted to do. With encouragement, she started to develop her own work and has now built up an impressive portfolio.
Sarah’s designs are full of joyful colours, plants and animals. Interesting colour mixes are used and really bring them to life. Pink antlers wouldn’t be the first idea for most but they work! It’s the original choices in the palette and the forms like that, which we really like. She tells us more about her decorative work and the roundabout path that brought her to where she is today.
I’m 24 years old. I live in Rouen, a town located about 1 hour by train from Paris. For the moment, I like to live here and to be close to Paris is beneficial to my work.
I started illustration 3 years ago after I tried various things such as DJ, music composer etc … I’ve never been to art school because art study is quite expensive, I couldn’t afford it and as I found my way quite late, I thought I was too old to go back to school !
Around the age of 19, I first discovered graphic design completly by chance on a train! I had a small job in Paris and was taking the train back home, I’ve saw a few seats away, a guy who was leafing through a book that caught my attention. I managed to see the name of the book. It was a book about Gama-Go. I got home, I ordered the book and a new passion was born !
3 years ago, I met my husband Emmanuel Kerner who’s a very talented illustrator and when I saw him working I understood I wanted to draw, too! At first, it wasn’t simple because I looked at his beautiful drawings and my drawings which were unlike anything! I had to hang on! Emmanuel was very supportive and encouraged me a lot!
For 3 years, I’ve experimented with various techniques and I went through different styles and now I can say what I like most is gouache and papercut. Of course, I’m obviously very attracted by the ’50s, that brings a retro touch to my illustration.
I also created a blog devoted to the ’50s illustration called ‘My Vintage Avenue‘, where I put some beautiful children books from my personal collection.
I love complicated palettes with multitudes of flashy colors and I like my images to be a little decorative too. I also design with my computer, in fact, I have several way of working, all depends of the work I have to do.
For example, for Anorak magazine, I used mixed media. I drew some elements by hand with gouache that I’ve scanned and I made other elements digitally. I drew the squirrel and the little horse by hand and I made the colours digitally and I made my ABC for L’Affiche Moderne using the Lasso and the Pen tools in Photoshop. All my collages are made with gouache and papercut, my blog’s banner too.
Recently, I discovered a passion for pattern design. I create my patterns by hand using a light table. I also hope to bring my work to the decorative field and pattern design because I’d like to see my images in various media.
This year, I had the chance to see my work in wonderful magazines and in different media such as cushions, posters, cards, wrapping paper … I worked with fantastic people and brands such as Human Empire, Ohh Deer, L’Affiche Moderne, Cligne-Cligne editions, Oyako Magazine, Anorak Magazine, Oh Comely and I’m working on secret projects right now!
© Sarah Andreacchio, 2013