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SARAH HANKINSON

Freelance illustrator
Modern and elegantly chic, Sarah Hankinson is the queen of fashion illustration. Her magical drawings of well known models and beauty products feature soft splashes of watercolour with meticulous detail and precision. Her work has appeared in a number of our favourite fashion magazines including Harpers Bazaar, Cleo, Elle, Girlfriend and Madison and her corporate clients include Target, Maybelline, Sportsgirl and Impulse. After falling in love with her beautiful work, WY? interviewed Sarah to find what makes this talented lady tick.

Home is?
St Kilda, Victoria

What do you do?
A freelance illustrator who primarily works with fashion brands and editorial.

What are your top five must-haves?
Floaty dresses, a sharp pencil, my iPhone, a nice wine and a good book

What’s on your shopping list right now?
Gypsy Water EDP
A chunky statement cuff
Gocco print maker because I really want to get into printing.

What are the last three websites you visited?
Design File - love a good house perve
ilovewildfox.com as it inspires my work and Pinterest, which is my latest obsession!

How do you choose what to include in your illustrations?
I like to keep my illustrations quite simple and hopefully striking, so what I leave out can be more important than what I put in. I like to focus on bold details – like a coloured garment, hair piece or bold lip.

Your drawings often feature high profile models and products. Who’s your favourite person to draw and why? I love drawing Natasha Poly as she has such a beautiful and strong face, I think I have probably drawn her more than 10 times! I also love Abbey Lee as she is so interesting looking.

You’re known for your unqiue sense of style. Can you tell us your favourite independent designer?
Anna from Violet and I (www.violetandi.com.au). I buy lots of her clothes and often get asked where they’re from. Her dresses are beautiful and feminine, and I end up purchasing from every range she brings out!

What are some of your favourite stores for purchasing art?
Hunting for George has affordable prints and Etsy (au.etsy.com) is always a good one to find lots of illustrators in the one place.
Outre in Melbourne has some really great prints available from illustrators such as Audrey Kawasaki.
Another fave is No Vacancy Gallery, which often exhibits Melbourne artists including Ghostpatrol, Miso and Eveline Tarunadjaja.

Any tips for displaying artwork in the home?
If you’re buying a print, your first preference should be a giclee print (giclee prints are archival quality with all the tonalities and hues of the original painting) so the colours will stay true. It’s always best to have it professionally framed with non-reflective glass.

Who do you turn to when you need a hand with keeping the business side of your life on track?
I recently bought an online invoicing app called Billings and I love it! Managing the admin side of my work is not something I enjoy and this has definitely made life easier. I would strongly recommend to any freelancers.

  • BEING AN ILLUSTRATOR YOU MUST HAVE A ‘GO-TO’ STORE FOR YOUR TOOLS OF THE TRADE. SO TELL US, WHO’S YOUR ART SUPPLIER?
  • St Kilda Art Supplies in Windsor – the staff are really friendly and helpful. It also helps that it’s right near my studio!