Sarah Yates is one of those artists that can do everything, and do everything well. After my first look at faunagraphic.com I was blown away on how well she dominates the many mediums of art. From work as a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Photographer & Graffiti Artist, Sarah is firing on all cylinders and I knew we had to get an interview with her to see what makes her tick. So sit back enjoy the interview and feast your eyes on some incredible art.
When did you first realize you had a talent and passion for art and what drew you to it?
I first realized I wanted to take the design/art route when I was in high school and it was my strongest but favorite subject. But I had always drawn from being young but didn’t think art was good money for relying on as a living… I’d always been taught to have a finger in many pies when it came to work.. I used to collect logos as a hobby when I was younger, sounds weird but I liked graphic design too so I saw that as the first most reliable base to build an art / illustration career on!
Did you get a formal art education, and if so where did you go and how do you feel it shaped you as an artist?
No I just did art in high school, and then studied graphic design at college and university. Them courses are not really arty – more technical, and learning about Print bleed, leading, fonts and layout – the use of imagery came into it but didn’t compare to a proper art course. I think learning graphic design shaped my knowledge on marketing myself as an artist … I have focused more on developing my own style as an artist since I graduated in 2008.
So you are a self-described graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, and graffiti artist is there certain area of art that you enjoy more or do you love them all equally?
I honestly appreciate graphic design in certain aspects, and enjoy doing it when working on projects, which I can be freely creative in, but my favorite work is the illustration and graffiti/spray painting, anything to get me outdoors painting pieces on walls, it’s a much more better feeling of achievement than designing something on the computer for me but I guess deep down I love them equally.
Are you an artist that needs to be in a particular mood when creating, or can you just design at any time?
I think I can draw at any time, but I have to be in certain mood to do a really detailed illustration.. , If it’s something like a piece on a wall with spray paint or graffiti letters, it’s more of relaxed mood for me.
I can usually plan a piece of artwork in a few minutes. Most of my canvas a show is usually done a week before when a new idea clicks, and I usually walk of the house to do a wall not knowing what I’m going to paint, but just taking some ideas or a sketchbook to work with.
What has been your favorite piece that you have done and what did you like most about it?
My favorite pieces are the ones in factories; I enjoyed finding and looking for the spots, choosing the walls and then painting them. Derelict places are popular in Sheffield and south Yorkshire but they are so interesting to look around.
My favorite piece would be some parrots I painted with Rocket01, in some old shower rooms of a steel factory, the pieces can be interpreted in loads of ways, nature can overcome anything or birds aren’t meant to be caged type of thing!
Who are some artists that inspired you or that you looked up to over the years?
I’ve always liked the work of Boris Vallejo, I’ve have his books since I was younger, I was inspired by SATONE, 123klan, NeckCNS during the “teens” – Miss Van – Tara McPherson, are some of the names I did projects on through school, now I enjoy looking at a lot of peoples work because I am over exposed to loads of different artists!
What is the most rewarding part about being an artist?
Finishing a piece of work! 2nd most rewarding thing – selling it! 3rd most rewarding thing – getting free food and booze when painting at an event!