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Profile: Kirsten Ulve

The artist names ”Sex and the City”’s Sarah Jessica Parker as her most difficult subject

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Sarah Jessica Parker is a lot of things — a Golden Globe-winning actress, a skin-baring fashion plate — but an easy draw she is not. ”She’s so beautiful,” sighs Kirsten Ulve, 32, of her most troublesome subject, ”but her beauty doesn’t translate well into lines.” Ulve, whose caricatures of everyone from Oprah to Johnny Cash have been appearing in EW for two years, would rather tackle more offbeat stars. ”The weirdos are easy,” she explains. A University of Iowa grad, Ulve, who lives in New York City, fell into drawing stars when an EW designer saw her portfolio and commissioned an illustration of Harrison Ford. (”It was so stiff and awful I couldn’t believe he called me again.”) But he did, and she’s become a frequent contributor to our News & Notes section, as well as to special issues. Next, Ulve’s work will be exhibited at the gallery at Cross World Connections in Tokyo this fall, the native Iowan remains charmingly humble about her sharp, color-happy images: ”If I can do this,” she insists, ”anyone can.”