email: zina (AT) zinasaunders (DOT) com
tel: 212 777 1201
Me yakking it up at Gel 2009 from Gel Conference on Vimeo.
I've been a writer-illustrator for more than 15 years.
My work can be seen in national magazines and newspapers like Mother Jones, The Utne Reader, The Progressive, The
Nation and The New Republic.
My editorial animations, riffing on the political news and current events of the week, can be seen every Tuesday on Mother Jones; here's a link to my author page there; they can also be seen on the smartest and funniest site on the web, The Final Edition.
In June 2005, my focus shifted from general illustration
to reportage illustration, when I wrote a story for Time
Out New York magazine about the Puerto Rico Schwinn Club,
an outgrowth of the Overlooked
New York website, my series of interviews and portraits
of impassioned New Yorkers which regularly attracts more than 35,000 hits a month. I wrote and illustrated another
feature in the August 4th issue of Time Out New York magazine,
profiling Central Park portrait artists. Overlooked New
York is now a book available on Amazon.
My series of political satires about the 2008 McCain/Palin campaign, The
Party's Over, is a 40-page
full color book available here.
My series profiling an AIDS orphan living in Zimbabwe can be seen on my Africa Close up website. Blackboard
Heroes, my series of portraits and interviews with dedicated
teachers across the US, was featured in Scholastic's Instructor
I'm the daughter of pulp magazine artist Norman
Saunders, who painted some of the most popular bubblegum
cards from the 60's and 70's, including Mars Attacks, Batman,
and Wacky Packages. As a child, I got my first taste of
being a professional illustrator when I would "correct"
my father's paintings when he was away from his drawing
board. Many an eyelash on Norm Saunders' damsels in distress
was painted by a nine-year-old Zina.
I live and work in New York City, where I grew up and
attended Music and Art High School and The Cooper Union. I
left Manhattan in my teens to be a levitating lady with
a traveling circus in upstate New York, but eventually returned
to my senses and my beloved city.
If you'd like tohear me blather on about illustration and all that jazz, here's a podcast interview with me on the estimable Escape from Illustration Island. If you're interested in knowing more, I maintain a blog
that features my works-in-progress and outside projects.
you're interested in commissioning me or buying limited edition prints of my
work, please email me at zina (AT) zinasaunders (DOT) com.
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