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A Wide Spectrum of Illustration by Sara Kaltwasser

A colour drawing of a young man wearing a baseball capUntitled

Today’s featured artist is Portland, Oregon illustrator Sara Kaltwasser. Sara creates a wide spectrum of illustration working with various styles, subjects, and media.


One of Sara’s interesting projects is a collaborative, ongoing work called Defend the City, which is an online story chronicling life inside the fictional Heart City. The works on her webpage that deal with this alternate universe have a very particular style to them. Mostly digital works, they have the effect of propaganda posters, with slogans written out in large, block letters, the sentiment slightly skewed for a world of imagination and featuring strange, black-furred creatures rather than humans.


A digital drawing of an anthropomorphized black rabbit-like creatureUntitled


Traditional people and portraits by Sara Kalwasser on her illustration webpageSara Kaltwasser's online gallery of people and portraits

While the Defend the City works are all created digitally, I also really enjoy Sara’s hand-done works, using traditional media. She is quite proficient with the human figure and can depict a variety of subjects, each image brimming with colourful, individual personality.


A cartoon illustration of a pig wearing a tutu and singingUntitled

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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