IMG_0318Wendy MacNaughton is an illustrator from San Francisco who works on a variety of projects, including her “drawn journalism” publications, which she creates by spending a few weeks interacting with different communities. She draws people, interviews them, and listens to their stories, then compiles the information into a book.  One of her recent books is about the people of San Francisco Public Library’s main branch. Some of Wendy’s illustration projects are about San Francisco specifically, including a specialized map of the city, and humorous drawings about the types of people who live here. She’s also published her work in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and her latest illustration project is a book called Lost Cat.

We visited Wendy at her studio to learn more about her projects and her approach to making art about real people. She also gave us a lesson in how to draw beverage containers! Take a look at the videos below.

Check out more of Wendy’s work on her website,

In the Studio with Wendy MacNaughton 21 March,2013Kristin Farr


Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is KQED's Arts Education Manager. She is the creator and producer of the Emmy Award-winning video series, Art School, which brings audiences into artists' studios to learn about contemporary art, and engages learners with ideas for new ways to get creative. She is also an artist and a contributing editor for Juxtapoz Magazine.

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