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Sarah Yakawonis is an illustrator and graphic designer. She graduated with a BFA focusing in graphic design from the Maine College of Art in 2009. It was there that she began an epic exploration of vector drawing and Adobe Illustrator. She began an internship in 2008 at Blue Design Inc., a publication design studi… Read More
Sarah Yakawonis is an illustrator and graphic designer. She graduated with a BFA focusing in graphic design from the Maine College of Art in 2009. It was there that she began an epic exploration of vector drawing and Adobe Illustrator. She began an internship in 2008 at Blue Design Inc., a publication design studio in Portland Maine. She was subsequently hired there as a designer and had the pleasure of working with many clients including Chronicle Books, the Creative Company and David Bull Publishing. While working at Blue Design she learned many skills such as typesetting, Photoshop, and client relations.

In 2010 she began a study of human anatomy in quilling paper. It was through that work that Sarah gained international recognition. She has been featured on dozens of websites and blogs including craftzine.com and allthingspaper.net. She also picked up the skill of photography to better showcase her work on her website and blog.

In 2011 she competed her anatomical quilling series and developed an innovative process of creating images that combines the beauty and elegance of quilling and cut paper with the flexibility of digital imaging. This process allows for editing and collaboration. This combination of flawlessly handcrafted paper art and digital imaging results in an illustration that is utterly unique and compelling. This work fully engages her passion, need for perfection, technical ability and experience in the commercial arts.

Late in 2011 she began her daily blog, yakadoodle-a-day, a personal project created as a place to share her drawings and doodles, and to explore her fascination with the repetitive mark. Read Less
  • Designer
    Blue Design — Portland, ME, USA
  • Freelance designer
    Frannie Peabody Center — Portland, ME, USA
  • Freelance Illustrator
    Alice Design Communication —
  • Guest Lecturer
    Maine College of Art —
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Some people are just born with creative blood flowing through their veins—and Sarah is one of those people. Her graphic design reflects the skills of a real artist: bold and exciting color palettes, striking graphic elements, and a whimsical sense of humor that makes it all work. Leave it to Sarah to come up with… Read More
Some people are just born with creative blood flowing through their veins—and Sarah is one of those people. Her graphic design reflects the skills of a real artist: bold and exciting color palettes, striking graphic elements, and a whimsical sense of humor that makes it all work. Leave it to Sarah to come up with something fresh and unique!
—Pat Chaudoin, Editor Read Less
Member since: Oct 4, 2011