Sara Lynn Cramb is an illustrator and designer with a love of visual storytelling. She specializes in creating images featuring maps, animals, and monsters, as well as fresh and fun educational illustrations.
‘As a child I spent a lot of time reading, drawing, and playing outside. These experiences continue to influence my work today. I pull much of my inspiration from the natural world, including both living and extinct animals. Humor is also extremely important to me as an agent of storytelling and bringing characters to life. Some of my artistic influences include Charley Harper, Jan Brett, Jon Klassen, Marc Simont, and Bill Watterson. Vintage picture books (especially anything including maps) are also a huge influence on me, as well as indie and web comics. Although I have been drawing from a very young age, I received my formal education at the University of Akron, receiving a BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration in 2009. I was lucky enough to have a couple of really amazing internships (one as the marketing and design intern at a local metro park and the other as a signage designer and illustrator at the Akron Zoo) during college that helped shape the direction of my work. After graduation I worked as an in-house designer for a number of years, and recently began working primarily as a freelance illustrator.’
‘Since joining the SCBWI last year I have found it to be a wonderful source of information and the regional conferences have connected me with many talented artists. This has allowed my work to improve faster than ever before, and has led to a 3rd place award in the SCBWI Southern Breeze region 2014 Illustration Contest, judged by Giuseppe Castellano, Art Director of Penguin Group USA.
My illustrations have been featured in two publications this year, a poster titled “Many Kinds of Maps” published by Scholastic News Magazine, and “Smithsonian Young Explorers Fact Book & Floor Puzzle: 50 States”, published by Silver Dolphin Books (Baker & Taylor). I just completed another project with Silver Dolphin that will be released in April of next year. For this project I worked as both an illustrator and designer. While I will always love creating picture book images, I’m really enjoying creating scientific, map, and non-fiction illustrations lately. I savor the challenge of taking a complex concept and transforming it into something colorful and approachable.’