Sydney Chavan



Sydney’s work combines horror with cuteness, reality with whimsy, and activism with empathy. After graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design from Cornish College of the Arts in 2018, Sydney worked as a designer while drawing comics on the side. In 2023, she earned her MFA in Visual Narrative from the School of Visual Arts and was gifted the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for Excellence. Her work has been shown at numerous festivals across America, including Short Run, SPX, and Pride in Panels. She also has sold some of her work in bookstores on wholesale and consignment, most recently in Silver Sprocket's storefront in San Francisco. In 2023, she became a member of the Society of Illustrators in New York City. Her interests are mainly illustrating children's books or writing and illustrating middle-grade, high school, YA, and adult graphic novels. As a queer woman, she mainly writes femme and nonbinary characters and likes to sprinkle sapphic romance within her work. She enjoys utilizing horror as a mechanism for tackling important issues like toxic relationships and mental health. You can check out more of her work on her website and her Instagram @sydneycarts.

Portfolio Pieces

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