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Enter a world full of pastels and light airy illustrations that will make you feel a range of emotions you can’t even explain. Meet SARLIS, the artist behind this stunning work seemingly pulled from a Ghibli film, the style is unique and fresh, you just have to take a second to breath when viewing her portfolio.
Could you introduce yourself?
I’m Sarah Lasater, freelance artist and creator of Sarlis. I operate a mini business out of my tiny apartment in Washington, DC, but mostly try to enjoy life and take things as they come.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
I tend to have a calm and optimistic perspective about life, and most of the things I draw reflect that. I try to notice the subtle details in people and the environment because they make me the happiest.
Could you tell us what you think makes you stand apart in the art industry?
It’s hard to say nowadays because amazing artists exist everywhere, but I think my particular style has developed a lot over the past year or two and people notice that the most. I’m also a landscape architect, so I have a keen interest in plant palettes and urban design.
Could you give our readers any advice when it comes to opening their own shop? Do you have any key pieces of advice?
Let it inspire you! The best thing about running an online shop is that I am always thinking about the next thing I want to create – it’s basically an endless cycle. Creating my store set being a full-time artist in motion for me.
Who are the characters in your work? Could you introduce us to a few of your dearest OCs?
I tend to draw new characters with every illustration, although they are all in a way variations of myself or the people around me. I draw people as a way to express how I feel at the moment, or where I’ve been, or what I want to wear. It took me a long time to realize that!
Could you tell us a bit about your use of color? What do the specific colors that are most prominent in your work mean to you?
Using a light color palette is like looking at life through rose-colored glasses. It’s a way for me to show how I see the world in an optimistic, dreamy sort of way. I’ve recently come to love black and white as well and the simplicity of it.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
I try to spend as much time as I can out in the sun. I take advantage of nice days by going on walks around the city or bringing a sketchbook to a coffee shop. I get stuck in art block as much as anyone else, but being outside always refreshes my energy. I try to work out a lot and drink tea too, which helps!
What’s a typical day for you?
Wake up early, eat cereal, work on commissions, various personal projects, restocking for conventions, and whatever else I need to do. I’ll usually take a break and grab lunch somewhere new or walk to a coffee shop in the afternoon. I get to spend a lot of time with my boyfriend Will during the day, which is super nice. Work more, gym, cook dinner and probably watch a movie, play a video game, or go to a show. Life is nice right now!
What are some of your goals for 2016? Where do you see yourself in the future?
I hope to follow through with some cool projects and collaborations with other artists. I’m going to be at a lot of conventions over the next year, so I want to continue creating new apparel, zines, and illustrations. I like to think I’ll be able to continue pursuing whatever artistic challenge I create for myself in the future as well as right now.
What makes you happy?
Fruit, earl grey tea, house plants, taking walks, meeting new people, big dogs, breakfast, bath bombs, gel pens, lots of simple things! But more than anything, I’m happy trying to pursue my goals and explore.
Any closing comments?
It can be very hard to do exactly what you want to do, but if you put your whole self into it it’s worth it! Work hard and love life!
<b>Shilo:</b> Hey, Dad, are you free on Friday? Like, around 8 PM on Friday?<p/><b>Nathan:</b> Uhm, yes?<p/><b>Shilo:</b> What about you, Mag?<p/><b>Mag:</b> Yeah, I am.<p/><b>Shilo:</b> Great! Because I'm not. You two go on without me. Enjoy your date. *walks away*<p/><b>Nathan:</b> ... did she just ...<p/></p>