Sara Kuba

Sara Kuba - Designer

Englewood, FL, USA

Children's book illustrator and character designer. Digital artist. Loves anything whimsical, cute, and round.

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Overview

I am a children's illustrator and character designer who graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design with a B.F.A. in Illustration and have worked with clients for either concept pieces or for finished books.
While I am skilled in most aspects of illustration, I specialize in children's books/children's style illustration and in character design. These are my passions, and these are where my skills as an illustrator truly shine. I also enjoy environment and prop design, especially for whimsical settings and stories. I like to work in bright and pastel colors, but I also greatly enjoy creating pieces with dynamic lighting and color.
My preferred subjects are people, animals, plants, and foods. These are extremely fun to play around with shapes and create interesting and appealing designs. I do not specialize in technical or designs. I can create architectural and mechanical/robotic designs if kept in a simplified or whimsical cartoon style.
If you are looking for a children's book illustrator, character designer, or visual development artist who has a fun and bright style, then you have found the right artist! I look forward to working with you!
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Fiction
Picture Books

Certifications

  • Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators

Awards

  • New Apple Literary Award: Official Selection for Children's Inspirational - Sophie and the Airplane, 2017

Work experience

Illustrator and Graphic Designer

Paint With Diamonds
March, 2020 – Present (5 months)

I began this position in mid-March. I currently design characters and mascots for Paint With Diamonds, as well as assist in product packaging and illustrating for product materials and advertisement. I give the characters and assets a childlike feel to bring a sense of nostalgia and joy in customers.

Children's Book Illustrator

Leo the Lion
January, 2020 – February, 2020 (about 1 month)

I worked with a client to provide character designs and scene explorations according to her descriptions. While she has decided on another illustrator, she was grateful for my work and my enthusiasm.

Lead Children's Book Illustrator/Formatter

Kristi Grigsby LLC
February, 2017 – August, 2017 (6 months)

I was the lead children's book illustrator for a short series of picture books Kristi Grigsby wrote, my assigned book being Sophie and the Airplane. I not only communicated efficiently with Kristi about her expectations for my illustrations, but I regularly engaged in conference calls with her and the other two illustrators working on other books, and helped guide them and make decisions for the illustration process. I also formatted the books and created a template for the other two illustrators to use.

Children's Book Illustrator

Ringling College of Art and Design
March, 2016 – September, 2016 (6 months)

At the time, Ringling offered an extracurricular project for students to participate in a collaborative children's book. For this, I frequently met with the staff in charge of the project to review my progress and make any necessary changes. I met deadlines and worked with other students, bouncing ideas off each other and working together to create a cohesive and exciting picture book.

Portfolio (1 selected work)

Sophie and the Airplane (STEM Girls Books)

Kristi Grigsby

Welcome to STEM Girls Books, the award-winning picture book series inspired by women in STEM that introduces little girls to the big possibilities of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). ABOUT SOPHIE AND THE AIRPLANE - Winner of the 2018 Book Excellence Award for Best Children's Inspirational/Motivational Book - Winner of the 2017 New Apple Award, Official Selection in the Childre... read more

Welcome to STEM Girls Books, the award-winning picture book series inspired by women in STEM that introduces little girls to the big possibilities of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). ABOUT SOPHIE AND THE AIRPLANE - Winner of the 2018 Book Excellence Award for Best Children's Inspirational/Motivational Book - Winner of the 2017 New Apple Award, Official Selection in the Childre... read more

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Communication & Punctuality

Debra Stolar
Working with Sara has been a joy! She is a great communicator and her work is wonderful.

Debra Stolar, July 2020

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