Hisss Illustration

Sara Broski is an illustrator and jewelry designer from Philadelphia. You can find her work at Hisss Illustration and Tiny Galaxies.

Tell me about your work, Sara.
I typically do small, simple illustrations with an interesting twist or pun attached. Most of the time, my illustrations will feature an animal  Most of the twists are very subtle or are only completely understood once the viewer reads the title of the work. I work in various mediums like watercolor, gouache, oil, acrylic, and pen, depending on what I think will work best for each individual illustration.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I've been painting and drawing since I was able to hold a pencil. From there, I've taken a few casual art classes throughout grade school and high school. I kind of forgot about painting for awhile during college. A rough time in a my life brought me back to it. I found Etsy and absolutely loved it. Simply being a shopper was not enough, as I constantly wondered why I too didn't have a shop. I decided to work on some pieces for awhile and eventually found my niche.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Besides the 'fun parts' of both of my crafts, which is usually toward the end, I love to do simple things like hang out with my cats, my family, my boyfriend and friends. I've just started to get into cooking and I love trying new kinds of food. I don't have an absolute favorite thing to do, just a lot of little things that make me happy.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
I find that having two shops is both a blessing and a curse. One always takes time away from the other, but it also offers my easily bored personality the variety it needs. I have a hard time figuring out how to market myself and make my businesses more profitable. The business side of things is still so foreign to me.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I grew up wanting to be either a writer or a lawyer, oddly enough. I loved to read and spent most of my time doing that. I guess it made sense that I wanted to be what I enjoyed and admired most. I thought I'd make a great lawyer as I loved to argue with my parents and whoever else I thought I could 'win' against (which I never really did) at the time.

What item in your collection would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
That's a tough one, as I've always had a horrible time choosing favorites of anything. I think I'd go with Polar Opposites or Raccoon Costume, as they both possess the extremely subtle quality I'm always trying to achieve.

What other artists out there do you love?
I've found so many amazing artists on Etsy, here are a few that come to mind:

Marc Barer's miniature figure jewelry:

Martin Obakke & Celena Cavala's the Filigree fairy tale dolls

the art of Betsy Walton

the art of Danna Ray

Robin VanValkenburgh's ceramic creatures

What does your future hold?
Tough one. I just lost my job as a web designer and developer in early August. Since then, the thought of getting back into the 9-5 world has been getting decreasingly desirable. I've been trying hard to make the most of my Etsy shops since then, and my hard work has been showing (some) signs of paying off. I am not nearly at the point of being able to work solely on my illustrations and jewelry, but I'd love to be able to have that luxury some day. Right now, I'm taking each day at a time and trying to make the most of it.