Sara Otterstätter will be at PaizoCon UK to chat, to display her work and to take commissions for character sketches. (This year we may persuade her to play, as well.)
Sara was born in Eschwege, Germany to a German father and a Finnish mother. She always drew from early childhood on. Especially animals. She studied design at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster, graduating with a diploma in illustration.
Since 2007 Sara has been working as a freelance illustrator. Her creative work with Paizo started with her illustrations for "The Sixfold Trial". That was followed by the illustrations for the ongoing novella in "Kingmaker" and the inner illustrations for the novel "Who fears the Devil?!"
Paizo commissioned her to draw the line artwork for "The Jade Regent". You can see how she picked up the oriental style and ran with it. Following this success they commissioned her to create all the wonderful black and white artwork for "The Reign of Winter" inside covers. Take a look at her visualisations of Baba Yaga and her notorious hut on chicken legs!
Following this success Sara continued her work on Pathfinder, preparing the beautiful and bizarre colour illustrations for "The Animal Archive".
Sara says her work for Paizo resembles special agent missions because they like to use her work for rather unusual looking illustrations. They wanted the Asiatic style for Jade Regent, and now the illustrations for Reign of Winter in the style of the Russian illustrator, Ivan Bilbin.
Beside her work for Paizo, she creates illustrations for educational children's books. You can see more of her work here.