Sarah Noble

Sarah Noble is an American illustrator/author with a passion for color, composition, and storytelling. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Brigham Young University and a Masters in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art in the UK. She enjoys creating narratives using a variety of techniques, including pen & ink, watercolor, and oil pastels. She loves exploring the relationship between text and illustration, as well as the process of creating a world with memorable characters. Much of Sarah’s inspiration is drawn from nature and unique, atmospheric, or moody environments. Her goal is to create beautiful, thought-provoking narratives that resonate with both young and old audiences.

To find out a little more about her work, we asked Sarah the following questions:

What inspires your work?

I am mostly inspired by nature and wildlife, books, and documentaries. Setting is a big part of what inspires me. My goal is to build worlds and settings where readers want to spend time and linger.

Tell us a bit about your writing/illustration process.

Most illustrations/stories I create tend to come from something I’ve become obsessed with. In the case of “As Strong as the River”, it came from watching live bear cams and imagining that I was peeking into those bear’s lives.

I do a lot of research, filling sketchbooks with observations from life, videos, and photographs. The drafting process is my favourite, where I get to spend time immersing myself in the world that I’m trying to bring to life.

After I feel that I have a good hold on the characters and world, I storyboard and then move on to very detailed pencil sketches. This helps me figure out the composition and tone of the piece. After that, I move on to final artwork, which is mostly done traditionally.