Kathy Sarpi

Minicomic of the Month Club 2015

Katherine Sarpi is an illustrator/animator from Melbourne. She is currently in the second year of her course studying Fine Art majoring animation at the VCA, whilst also working at the checkout at Coles Forest Hill.

What is your favourite thing to draw? Do you keep a sketchbook? What do you fill it up with?

My favorite things to draw are people. I attend life drawing drawing classes on a some-what weekly basis and often sketch people in public or on the train. I do keep a sketchbook and it is maintained in a rather rough/sketchy manner. Mostly my sketchbook contains little scribbles of comic/animation ideas, things that happened during the day that inspired me, bits of rough observational drawing and lots of basic doodles often used for planning out my next comic. I think its important to always keep a sketchbook because you never know when a great idea will hit you and its just a nice thing to always have on hand.

What’s a great comic you’ve read recently?

The last comic I read was actually an old favorite of mine; its the graphic novel Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson. I decided to pick this up again because I’m planning a big holiday for the end of the year and this book always inspires me to travel. Its essentially a travel journal and is constructed somewhat loosely with little sketches and recounts of things Craig experienced whilst travelling through France, Barcelona, The Alps and Morocco. I really like the authentic feel of this novel, its touching and very honest. It also inspires me to do more observational drawing and draw every day.

What’s the most enjoyable part of the comics making process for you?

For the most part, comic-making it tedious and can be quite frustrating; though I thrive on the moments when an expression looks just right and inking to make things pop. I enjoy the satisfaction felt when I finally finish the comic and read through it. I also tend to make my comics quite personal so I find that its nice outlet for me to express what I’m doing/feeling at that point in time.

Is print dead?

Na, but maybe

Do you remember the last cool thing you got in the mail?

Probably a lipstick or something from asos that I didn’t need, I have a bit of problem with online shopping to be honest haha.

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