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October 5, 2008 5:01 PM   Subscribe

Overlooked New York, Impassioned New Yorkers from an Artist's Perspective by Zina Saunders, who is now becoming better known for her darkly humorous political images. Her blog on the illustrator blogsite, Drawger.

Zina Saunders interview. Her late father is Norman Saunders, who got his varied career started with the Topps company, known for his Mars Attacks and Wacky Packages cards.

Slideshow LyteArts interview.

Her portfolios
on Illoz.

Bio on her site l On Wikipedia.

Deconstructing Lunch is my way of showing that everybody counts, that we're all connected to a vast network of people who each plays a crucial role in making possible even the simplest things.
posted by nickyskye (18 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

She's wonderful, her work is wonderful, and her self-portrait is the best of all.
posted by Faze at 5:07 PM on October 5, 2008

Very cool.
posted by The Straightener at 5:25 PM on October 5, 2008

That is a very fascinating site - thanks nickyskye.
posted by gomichild at 5:31 PM on October 5, 2008

This is a terrific post—I love everything she does. Thanks!
posted by languagehat at 5:46 PM on October 5, 2008

The dance roller skaters section reminded me of this fun in Central Park. Hot fun, summer in the city.
posted by netbros at 5:55 PM on October 5, 2008

I think I need to add Zina Saunders to my list of crushes. Awesome work.
posted by maxwelton at 6:00 PM on October 5, 2008

Oh I like this. I like it a lot.
posted by The Whelk at 6:26 PM on October 5, 2008

Oh, so that's where those Palin-McCain pictures came from! I've been seeing them all over SomethingAwful and had no idea who did them. She's got a great way of expressing political ideas without lapsing into editorial cartooning. Very nice.
posted by Biblio at 6:28 PM on October 5, 2008

Thanks. Hers is a name I haven't encountered before, and now she'll be my hero for this week at least. I enjoy this mix of portraiture and caricature, it's similar to other illustrators I admire, like C.F. Payne. The articles accompanying her pictures of overlooked/ordinary folk are as good as the pictures. In both their words and the character of their images all the subjects I looked at were interesting and unique. But most of all I was impressed by how much work she seems to be doing, how committed she is, even to projects that don't seem to be done for any client or market. That Sarah Palin stuff seems to be flowing out of her. Damn upstart energetic super-talented kids and their Adobe However, I thought, when I first looked at those illustrations. Then I saw that she is in her 50s.
posted by TimTypeZed at 6:39 PM on October 5, 2008

Wonderful post. Thank you.
posted by atchafalaya at 7:00 PM on October 5, 2008

Don't overlook some of the illustrations with more in depth interviews with subjects - the 'People at Work" and "Africa Close-up" portfolios are also really wonderful.

A good caricaturist must be a good portrait artist first, and she excels at that.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:47 PM on October 5, 2008

A little follow-up. I emailed Zina to let her know MeFites were appreciating her work. She is pleased and says she is "putting up another palin piece today -- I hope you take a look."
posted by nickyskye at 2:22 AM on October 6, 2008

This is great.
Thanks, nicky.
posted by bru at 3:51 AM on October 6, 2008

Mmmm, rich butter coloreful goodness. Thanks nicky!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:10 AM on October 6, 2008

It's hard to imagine anything "overlooked" about New York since New Yorkers think about themselves all the time.

Sorry, just grumpy. Good post.
posted by MarshallPoe at 7:02 AM on October 6, 2008

aw, MarshallPoe, I think in life lots of people get overlooked, wherever.

Oh, there it is, the new Palin illustration on the Drawger blog.
posted by nickyskye at 7:08 AM on October 6, 2008

Been thinking about Zina Saunders' most recent image of Palin all day. I think it's quite insightful. It illustrates her taking on the role of having the libido on his ticket. Him in the foxhole surrendering, hiding behind her bravado and her out in force with the phallic weapon, taking the flak.
posted by nickyskye at 5:01 PM on October 6, 2008

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