It's one of the best part of our jobs to wake up to an email from a girl we don't know introducing herself and her work or simply saying 'hey'. It's even better still when that email is from a far flung place- which was the case with Anna Sudit; the NYC based graphic designer who works for super-publisher Refinery29. You might have been one of the lucky recipients of our cute af Christmas mail out which included yours truly transformed into winking santa-hat animations. Yeah, that was Anna's fair hand.
Her prettier-than-life GIFs and drawings are gorgeously lurid pop-art-style snippets of modern life. She perfectly captures twenty-somethings off guard; texting, chilling, mid-way through sex acts- you name it Anna's drawing it. Anna finds inspiration in the most unexpected and banal places. From bored Instagram-checkers to snack foods and beauty routines Anna's paint-by-numbers creations elevate the everyday and force us to reconsider our own domesticity and boredom. Her paired down drawings leave the imagination to do the rest- from missing facial features to negative space the beauty of Anna's skill is in the suggestion. Which works very nicely with one of Anna's consistent preoccupations- sex. Red toenails, fluffy handcuffs and parted lips abound Anna's oeuvre and sneak into even her fashion illustrations too. Sensual and cheeky she's carving out her own niche of provocative illustration and she's bagged a whole shopping-list of graphic award design that say so too.
In fact, so fascinated is she by the representation of sex in illustration, that she bandied together with best pal Madison Stephens to create a zine: Yes Mistress, An Illustrated Guide To BDSM. Which is exactly what it says on the tin. From posture collars to bondage hoods and spider gags, the ins and outs of BDSM sex gear are spelled out for us novices in the style of a 'bird and the bees' pamphlet you might expect to see at your local GUM clinic. There's also some very helpful commentary alongside Anna's pictures that reads something like the following: 'Re-contextualized household items can include belts, clothespin, balled up underwear, cords, wooden spoons, hair brushes, bamboo skewers, plastic wrap duct tape and rulers. Don't make me spank you servant.'
As an original punk devotee in her formative years, Anna's firry into more commercial work hasn't hundred her natural sees of throwing two fingers up at quite a few things. Her penchant for all-black-everything, whilst not evident in her Crayola colour palettes, is still visible in her minimalist uniform of loafers,, men's tailoring and her tidy black bob. True fan's of Anna's work will recognise the characters the pop up in almost all of her body of work. In fact, much like us she's building her own girl collective, it's juts that they live on paper. Mostly freckled, bush-browed and messy-haired Anna's girls are everything she loves; stylish, assertive and unique. Howdy, Anna.