Sara Kuba wants kids to know that you can take a love of drawing and art and turn it into a career. Sara is a successful children’s book and character design illustrator who followed her childhood passion of drawing and developed a career as a freelance illustrator.
Sara grew up here in Englewood and says her love of drawing started when she was a toddler and given a box of crayons. She took art classes in school and after graduating from Lemon Bay High School, studied illustration for four years at Ringling College of Art & Design and graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Art in 2018.
Her love of creating cute and whimsical illustrations (especially with expressive big eyes and round shapes) brought her work from children’s book authors who needed their books illustrated. One particular book she is proud to be associated with is “Sophie and the Airplane,” one of the STEM Girls’ Books series. She also helped guide other illustrators in their progress for consistency in other books in that series. If you would like to order a copy of Sophie and the Airplane, go to www.amazon.com/Sophie-Airplane-STEM-Girls-Books. Another book she has illustrated is “The Butterfly” which you can find at https://thebutterflyspirit.com.
A current popular hobby is Painting with Diamonds – a craft that’s a mix between Cross Stitch and Paint By Number where you apply tiny resin “diamonds” to a DMC-coded adhesive canvas to create vibrant mosaic paintings according to the Paint with Diamonds website. It was created in 2015 as an easier, faster and more therapeutic alternative to Cross Stitch. Sara works as a graphic designer and illustrator for the company, Paint with Diamonds, and designed their mascots, website and packaging. Explore the website at https://paintwithdiamonds.com to see some of Sara’s character creations.
When asked how she comes up with a character design, Sara selects colors based on the character’s personality or the mood. Her characters are created through computer graphics which gives her a great deal of creativity. She honed her drawing style during her years at Ringling College. As for her favorite objects of illustrations for fun, Sara likes people, plants, animals and a newly discovered subject – food, especially desserts.
In her free time, Sara enjoys crocheting and other crafts and like others of her generation, playing video games. When asked how she envisions her future, Sara would like to get an agent for contracting with children’s book illustrations. She hopes to someday obtain a studio job for a company such as Dreamworks to do character design and children’s books.
Sara is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has her own website, www.artofskuba.com, where you can read more about Sara and contact information. Authors looking for an illustrator can also find her at www.reedsy.com. You can see examples of her characters on Instagram Artofskuba and also learn more about her work on Behance.net.