The Honest Illustrations of Sarah Lippett

Illustrator and author Sarah Lippett has recently gained attention for her graphic memoir A Puff of Smoke. Based in London, Lippett is known for her candid descriptions and honest style of illustration, with the added touch of wit and humor.

With her work stripped down to the bare minimum, Lippett’s creative process relies heavily on pencils and a sketchbook. According to Lippett, her illustration style was developed through much trial and error. “I just kept drawing and drawing and letting it happen on its own,” she shared in an interview with Eardrums Pop.  

“My style is different from what it was when I started 5 years ago,” she observed. “I think I’m better at using color, I have more confidence with line, and I’ve started working less digitally over the past year – drawing in pencil is something I’ve come back to quite recently and I’m really enjoying it.”

According to Lippett , she’s also learned that while its good to be inspired by other artists, it’s important to find your own voice. Other sources of inspiration include music, podcasts, and literature. “Music is definitely important and inspiring for me,” she notes. “Bands/artists that spring to mind are:  Leonard Cohen, Can, The Velvet Underground, Animal Collective, Bill Callahan, Brian Eno, Sonic Youth, Daniel Johnson, and many many more.”

Aside from her graphic novel, she’s also collaborated with publications like the New York Times, The Guardian, Time Out. Take a look at some of her work in the gallery below:

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