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Artist Biography

Odessa Sawyer was born and raised in the beautiful, wild landscapes of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She's lived everywhere from Canada to England until coming back home to Santa Fe, where she now resides with her British husband and son.

Odessa is primarily self taught and has been drawing since childhood. She attended the Vancouver Film School for make-up effects and during that time, was given a copy of Photoshop. By the end of her make-up course she decided to take her life in a completely different direction, and pursue illustration professionally. She has now been working in the field for over a decade. Her favorite artists are: Brian Froud, Guillermo del Toro, Gustav Klimt, and Mary Blair.

Odessa works mainly in digital mixed media, utilizing digital and traditional painting and photography. Her artwork has graced the book covers of many top publishing houses, including Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Capstone and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She has also done work for various film and television projects, posters and album covers, as well as work for HBO, Laika, Duck Studios and COTY.

Her work has also been published in Lurzer's Archive as one of the 200 best illustrators worldwide for 2011 and 2014. Odessa is Highly influenced by fantasy, fairy tales, fashion, nature, and classic horror. Her work celebrates a whimsical, dreamy and vibrant quality.

Aside from art, Odessa enjoys Yoga, reading, computer games and wandering in the woods.


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