Inkymole (Sarah J Coleman)
Known for my early pioneering hand-lettering and hand-drawn type, developing styles and approaches now ubiquitous in the creative industries, my work is shot through with a vivid inky thread of conversational energy, detail and movement, whether or not words are part of the image.
My work’s has been described as ‘unmistakable’ while ‘never staying still’; organic, restless, inspired by the penmanship of a more elegant era, but with a muscular grasp of experimentation and a healthy distrust of the rules. Ink runs through my veins and generally lands on paper, but new materials and methods have been embraced with enthusiasm throughout two decades at the coalface, from live-filmed murals for TV, outdoor walls and giant breeze block murals to the minutiae of cross-hatching, embroidery, sculpture, built objects, wearable pieces and pixel-only creations.
I was the first person in 25 years to illustrate the cover of American Playboy, and I created the 50th Anniversary cover of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird and its prequel, Go Set A Watchman, two of my 428 book covers created to date. With partner Leigh I split my time between illustration, public speaking and a ceaseless series of other adventures, including a radio station, a record label, exhibitions, broadcast work and myriad curious enterprises.
Clients include Playboy, Coca Cola, New York Times, Royal Mail, LA Times, Tiffany Jewellers, Macy’s, Starbucks, Toyota, Disney, Crayola, Kelloggs, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Crabtree & Evelyn, Saatchi & Saatchi, Folio Society, The Natural History Museum and all major US and UK publishing houses.