Photograph ┬ęBarry Schiffman 2012

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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 on blogspot.

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.


┬ęZina Saunders 2006-2014

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Dairy Farmer

Pickle Guy


Diner Waitress


Grease Guys


Ketchup Label Designer

The Middle Man

Farm Worker

Fry Cook

Restaurant Manager

Supermarket Checkout Girl

Ice Cream Maker




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