American Illustration Profiles: Sarah Jacoby
Sarah Jacoby creates gentle, powerful watercolor illustrations and artwork, oftentimes filled with imagery of nature and the outdoors. “The natural world is still a realm that’s a bit sacred, full of possibility,” she says. “It inspires me because nothing is written on it yet.” Her illustrations are rich and elegant, with a great sense of beauty and a smart sense of visual storytelling.
Jacoby is relatively new “on the job” compared to some of the illustrators that have been interviewed for this series—she’s been living and working in New York for the past year. But in that time her work has appeared in The New York Times and a number of other publications, and gathered some outstanding awards, including a gold medal last year from the Society of Illustrators. Although Jacoby has illustrated for books in the past, she recently began work on her first picture book. She also works as a designer for Tinybop, a children’s app creation company based in Brooklyn.