Sara Chong is an illustrator, painter and animator. She tends find the most piplatchka things to do with her time, and she revels in it.
Piplatchka: a Czech term for doing something tedious, and making life difficult for one’s self, and doing things the hard way.
She graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in digital animation (with a 2nd class honours, if you’re keen on that sort of stuff) But frankly, she’d rather be getting her hands covered in ink/clay/mud/epoxy/lead/charcoal/pastel than keeping it clean(er) on a computer mouse. Despite having a degree in digital animation, Sara really specializes in stop-motion animation (the original 3D animation) and spends most of her other time drawing and illustrating stuff. So far, her illustration work ranges from books to trading cards to board games and even soap boxes. She does, occasionally, make the odd clay-maquette or bowl of origami noodles. She is rather happy to be lancing-freely in the world at the moment, but would really love to work one day with a bigger group of people on a stop-motion film. Or even better, a stop-motion game! Basically she’d love to do anything that involves drawing, heaps of paint and playing with puppets. Sara lives by a religion of impulsive doodling and writing and believes that everything is inevitably connected.
Her wandering feet have brought her to many places, travelling from Singapore through Denmark, the UK and Italy. From 2012 – 2015, she lived in the David-Dante land of Florence, Italy, studying Classical Painting at the Florence Academy of Art. Find her Art here. This came from an earlier dabble in Classical Drawing in Viborg, Denmark, where she did 6 months in the Drawing Academy in 2008. It was also in Denmark that she fell in love with windy silence. This love of the windy silence continued again when she went to Bristol to study stop-motion for 3 months in the summer of 2010. There, she spent many contemplative days walking over hills and jostling through herds of deer to get to class.
She also has an obsession with beards.
Photo by Jachin Pousson