Sarah Farquhar is a freelance illustrator based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who specializes in editorial illustration.

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My interest in illustration began in early childhood, flipping through the colour soaked pages of great children's book illustrators like Kevin Henkes, Hilary Knight, Barbara Reid and Alice & Martin Provensons. Over the years, this passion only grew stronger and I decided to enroll in the illustration program at OCAD University in Toronto. Since school, I've focused my illustration work largely in editorial and lifestyle illustration. I believe the most important qualities in becoming a successful illustrator are a strong focus on inclusivity and conceptuality. To maintain my artistic skill set I continue to remain curious and play! When it comes to art, there is no end to what can be learned and discovered. 


  • The New York Times
  • The Globe and Mail
  • Reader's Digest
  • Whitman Emorson
  • Collective Arts Brewing 


Which publication does a great job at using illustrations?
The New Yorker. This magazine, in my eyes, will forever be the G.O.A.T in cartooning and illustration. I always tell myself, 'When you've made it in The New Yorker, that's when you've really made it...'

What topic do you most enjoy illustrating about?
Though not so much a 'topic' my favourite thing to illustrate is human emotion. I love being able to capture a subtle expression on a character's face that conveys an emotion words can't reach. 

What magazine cover do you want your illustration to be on?
As you could guess from my answer above, The New Yorker (of course!)

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