Wonderful Sarlis (a.k.a. Sarah Lasater) makes inky images that remind us of Ludwig Bemelman's Madeline and Edward Gorey's lined illustrations. The D.C.-based artist spends her days illustrating powerful ladies and incorporating them into apparel on her online store, which she runs out of her apartment. She keeps it simple, using pencils, gel pens, crayons, AD markers, sticky notes, and whatever else she has lying around her house.
Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Sarlis has always been influenced by the innocence and simplicity of Ghibli films. She also draws inspiration from graphic novels, like FLCL, and the illustration work of Hajime Ueda, as well as fine artists like Matisse and the Fauvism movement.
Sarlis is equally influenced by the artists she follows on social media, which has inspired her to try other mediums, such as print-making and pottery. She spends one night a week at a pottery class and recently got to take home her first handmade mugs.
Sarlis strives for optimism. A positive mentality has helped her push through uncertain times in her career, and she's a better artist for it.
Her favorite tools are AD markers and crayons, after which she scans her drawings and fixes any mistakes with Photoshop.
Do you believe in ghosts?
"I love the horror genre and telling ghost stories, but I find it hard to believe in them!"
"They've got to be out there somewhere . . ."
As a working artist, Sarlis spends her days responding to emails, applying to conventions, and sketching pieces at coffee shops. She also takes time to stock her online store, and will listen to soundtracks or watch Naruto while packing up orders for shipping.
At night, one can find her chilling, running, making dinner, or watching a movie.
Her pastel palette is a choice. Sarlis believes lighter colors show the world through rose-colored glasses, portraying images in an optimistic, dreamy sort of way.
Like writer's block, Sarlis will occasionally find herself in an "art block." She combats these feelings by heading outside with a sketch book. Walking around in the sunlight helps to reinvigorate her energy.
For your daily dose of optimism, check out @sarlisart on Instagram.