My full portfolio can be seen on www.ZinaSaunders.com.
My editorial work can be seen in national magazines and newspapers like The Wall Street Journal, The Progressive, Discover Magazine and The Christian Science Monitor. My advertising work includes posters for Broadway plays like the new musical, If/Then, starring Idina Menzel, and Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury.
My animations, ranging from riffs on politics to mysterious book trailers, can be seen on my Vimeo channel, Mother Jones and the political satire website 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. Overlooked New
York is now a book available on Amazon.
I like the series format a lot: Africa Close Up, profiling an AIDS orphan living in Zimbabwe; Blackboard
Heroes, portraits and interviews with dedicated
teachers across the US, featured in Scholastic's Instructor
Magazine; Art Talks, portraits and interviews with illustrators which ran in ILLO magazine; as well as Making Lunch, profiling the people whose handiwork goes into the making of the typical American lunch and Love and Marriage, profiling long-time same-sex partners.
I'm the daughter of pulp magazine artist Norman
Saunders, who painted some of the most popular bubblegum
cards in 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. I went to college at The Cooper Union for a month, but dropped out and
left Manhattan to be a levitating lady with
a traveling circus in upstate New York. I eventually returned
to my senses and my beloved city.
If you'd like to hear me blather on about illustration and all that jazz, here's a link to me at the Gel Conference, and 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
Much of my work is available as signed and numbered prints on archival watercolor paper, in two sizes: 13" X 19" and 8.5" X 11"; for inquiries, please email me using the email address below.