Sarah Hardy from Popcorn Blue has been a client of ours for over 6 years now, having first come to us back in 2010. She has been a professional illustrator for over 10 years now, creating whimsical hand illustrations for children's books, commercial and commission pieces, limited edition prints and anything else that comes her way. We adore her work and it's a real privilege for to work with her.
Sarah uses our art reproduction scanning service to create a digital copy of her original works, and then sends her completed files to us to print! Her favourite paper is Hahnemühle German Etching which compliments her beautiful hand drawn illustrations perfectly. She is currently working on two different children's books, with another one on its way soon after. Busy lady but we're not surprised she's in high demand!
Education and background:
Chisholm Institute Associate Diploma of Graphic Arts (ages ago)
Where are you based?
PopcornBlue Studio Melbourne
How long have you been a visual artist for?
I have been a professional Illustrator for over 10 years
What do you feel is your biggest achievement to date?
Published Children’s book with Scholastic Australia - The Hokey Pokey
What are your creative influences?
Of course Instagram itself is a huge creative influence as I get to see artists from all over the world - unknown and known artists, providing a constant stream of inspiration.
I love Pop Surrealism, street art, super detailed out of control art, print making, textiles… and the list goes on. I love it all!
What are your favourite tools of the trade?
My favourite tool is PrismaColour Pencil on Bristol Board.
How have you found getting started with printing at Image Science?
Image Science has an easy system of ordering, and artwork always arrives in a short turn around time in pristine condition. I have all of my originals scanned by ImageScience and have often been complemented by the reproduction quality of my artwork. I have been using Image Science since 2010.
How have your limited edition prints been influential to your business?
My customers absolutely love my large A2 limited edition prints. They feel they are receiving something special with small editions. Big prints are so so good. They make a statement.
I am currently working on 2 children’s books with 2 different publishers and I have just committed myself with one of my favourite clients; World Vision International. I am a busy beaver!
Image Science has been awesome to work with - everyone is so friendly, the turn-around is super fast and the quality of printing is fantastic.