Friday, 26 July 2013

Introducing Sara Woolley

Sara Woolley is an award-winning illustrator and comic book artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY.  Her work has been twice recognized by the New York Society of Illustrators, by the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, and most recently by 3×3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration.

Sara has always been fascinated by science and draws a lot of her inspiration from the natural world.  Her father worked in research science at Colombia and her mother was an earth science teacher.  Her first comic ever, created at the age of 8,  was about microorganisms, the Daphnea and the Hydra.  She is deeply honoured to have been included in this year's New Castle Science Comic!

Of Colombian and American ethnicity, Sara also explores cultural identity throughout her art work.  Her current project, Los Pirineos: The mostly true memoirs of Esperancita Gómez, a three volume graphic novel written by Sara’s mother, Leila Gómez.    Los Pirineos is a fictionalized memoir chronicling a young girl’s upbringing in and eventual exile from Colombia told through the lens of childhood imagination.  Researched on location in Colombia with the help of a grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC), Los Pirineos is at once deeply personal while giving voice to a common immigrant experience.

Sara attended the City University of New York, Queens College where she first majored in Geology, prior to earning her BFA in Visual Arts with honors Cum Laude.  She went on to receive her MFA in Illustration, from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco California.

To see more of Sara's work please visit

Twitter @saritajeanine

Sara has been working with scientist Lauren Breese to create a comic activity about fight or flight responses. You can see a preview of the comic here.

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