Interview with illustrator Joanna Boyle

I first met Joanna Boyle through my book, to whom she was the youngest contributor; graduating from University College Falmouth the week it was published. I  was immediately captivated by her whimsical illustrations, and have loved watching her success since graduation. What's the most important thing to know about you?

I get cold very easily.

Describe a really good day and a really bad day in the life of Joanna Boyle. 

A really good day is a day when the sun is shining outside and I am feeling really productive and have nice music in my ears and get lots of stuff done. A bad day is a day when my list of jobs gets longer rather than shorter!

Joanna Boyle illustration

What inspires your ideas?

I get inspired by lots of different things - other illustrators work, music and movies. At the moment I am really loving a radio show called Cabin Pressure!

Describe the process you go through to turn your ideas into products

After my initial idea, I work in sketchbooks until I have created a drawing that I am satisfied with. I try to keep this drawing as spontaneous as possible. The drawing is then scanned into the computer and coloured in using PhotoShop.

Joanna Boyle bear with balloon

What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator? 

Don't let having a "style" stop you from experimenting. Its good to have a style so that clients know what they are getting, but its no good if you get bored!

Which three designed items could you not live without?

1. I love my apple desktop A LOT.

2. My weekly planner (without it I am lost)

3. My favourite illustrated book of the moment "Anya's Ghost" by Vera Brosgol

Joanna Boyle girl with hat

What are you most proud of?

At the moment I am most proud of getting a job in a bookshop where I am able to draw and read picture books as part of my work!

What's next for you?

I am currently working on a new children's book to take with me to the the London Book Fair in April!

Joanna Boyle happy birthday girl

What is your favourite colour?