One-on-One with Sara Burke

This week, Boneshaker Press brings you some one-on-one time with Sara Burke in San Luis Obsipo County, CA! You can find her portfolio here.

What’s your background?

           I was raised in a home that supported my artistic endeavors. My mom, an artist herself, always made sure that I had pencils and crayons to create with when I was little. I think this has helped me pursue my dreams as a professional; not everyone is lucky enough to have such supportive parents as I have.

What got you interested in the arts to begin with?

        This goes back to my mom again. She would draw me pictures to color, and when I was a little older I would start drawing my own pictures. I drew a lot of Pokemon and Sonic the Hedgehog!

When did you decide to dedicate yourself to art?

           I have always been drawing for fun, but I decided that I wanted to be a professional when I was a teenager. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.

 

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Do you remember your first piece of art you were really proud of? The one that made you say yes I am an artist!

           It’s hard for me to say since I feel like I do that with every art piece I create! I started drawing a lot of my original characters back when I was 17 or 18, and this was the first time I put a lot of thought into something that wasn’t fan art. I would say around then is when I felt my real artistic persona developing!

Do you collect anything?

        I collect Copic Markers and art books! Also, to a lesser degree, My Little Ponies.

What sacrifices have you made on behalf of your art career?

           It was really hard, but I stopped playing video games so much and put myself on a strict “diet”. Sometimes I slip and start playing a game again, but I realize it’s the biggest time suck for me, I’ll spend hours playing a game and have to will myself to stop. It’s easier for me not to play any games at all.

 

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Do you ever feel like giving up and doing something else? If so, why and how have you overcome that feeling?

           All the time! But, even if I get really frustrated and stop drawing for a few days, I can’t stop. It’s in my blood, my identity. Everything I take in is filtered by my love for art. Media, nature, stories, people….it’s all art to me. I’ll always come back to it.

What themes/ideas do you pursue?

        I find myself drawn to stories with lots of well-developed platonic relationships and tons of action. I love trying to convey movement in my artwork, so of course I love a good action film or game. Stories with adventure and drama are the best!

What is your dream project? If there were no time/money restrictions what would you create?

I have been developing a graphic novel for a very long time. I’ve written the entire script out, but it needs to be heavily edited. Fingers crossed I can start on it soon!

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How do you know when you have achieved success?

           Making enough money through my art to be living comfortably and to be able to afford to travel a little bit. Or, just a faster internet plan. The little things matter!

What was your first step towards being a professional?

           Paying money to take art classes online. It was the first time I’d ever spent serious cash on developing my art and it was a big step for me.

What is the most vital/indispensable tool in your studio?

        My Cintiq! I have had it for almost a year and it’s easily the best thing I’ve ever owned. I draw so much easier and faster now!

 

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Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.

        Xavier Houssin, Jamie Hewlett and Yusuke Murata. It’s really hard to only choose 3 though!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

        I can’t remember the exact quote, but my mentor Chris Oatley would say, “Choose your artistic battles” which I felt was really eye opening. I guess it boils down to “work smarter, not harder”. Another great one is “Choose, or life will choose for you,” said to me by Derek Kosol. I think of this all the time because I am a very indecisive person!

Would you eat the moon if it were made of spare ribs?

           No, but I would if it were made of ice cream.           

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