You could call Cerise Zelenetz an illustrator, but that’s just one of the many occupations the multi-hyphenate New Yorker is holding down. Raised in Vermont (with a few years spent in Paris as a teen), she graduated with a degree in menswear design from Parsons in 2014. But since then, she’s really made a name for herself through her styling skills—she’s personally got a very cool streetwear-meets-Sailor Moon thing going on—her poetry, and her wildly charming, paint-outside-the-lines watercolors and drawings.
If all of that sounds super highbrow and serious, don’t let it fool you—in addition to museum-worthy portraits, Cerise has also mastered quick comics that will make you laugh out loud or shout “SAME.” Think Venn diagrams of her own social-interaction insecurities and doodle odes to oatmeal cookies and coffee, all of which do gangbusters on Instagram. "I was conflicted on which direction I wanted to go in, and my friend asked me what I really wanted to do, and I said illustrator, so she said, 'then start saying that's what you are," Cerise remembers. Her drawing set-up is equally free-spirited. “I like being alone in public spaces. It’s a good way to get ideas,” she says. “I love sitting at a bar by myself and just sketching.” Sounds like someone you’d like to buy a drink, right?