Our new addition, Rita Tan grew up in Indonesia before moving to Washington, USA, she loves to draw people.

Rita Tan grew up in Indonesia before moving to Washington, USA. She has always loved to draw since she was a child, especially drawing people. She is a city kid, but a suburban mom.
Her two children are her source of inspiration. She loves reading those books, and believes picture books are magical. Rita is a self taught artist. She loves drawing digitally, as it gives her more freedom. If she’s not drawing, then she’s writing stories, gardening, cooking, reading or just hanging out with her family.

When did you start illustrating?

I started doing digital illustration last year, 2020. But I’ve always loved drawing since I was a kid.

Who has been the most supportive in your illustration career, perhaps your teacher, family, friends?

My family has always been very supportive.

Did you always think art was something that was going to be a major part of your life?

I actually never thought that. I wasn’t brave enough to take that path.

What is your favourite subject matter to illustrate?

I love seasonal themes, like autumn, halloween, Christmas.

How would you describe your style?

A bit whimsical.

What is your favourite collaboration to date?

I haven’t done any collaboration, but I love doing instagram art challenges. I think they are wonderful to spark your creativity and to meet other artists.

What interested you about being represented by Illo Agency?

I love it that Illo Agency has international presence. As I grew up in Indonesia before I moved to US, I think I left half of my heart over there. I hope to see my work to circle back to that part of the globe.

Do you have a favourite author, film director, or designer?

I mostly watch kiddie movies nowadays, as my kids dominate the TV. But I love J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter), and animated movies (Disney, Pixar, Studio Ghibli)

Are you working on any personal projects you can share with us?

I’m writing children stories that I envision as picture books. They’re still in early stages. I have dummy books full of doodles. I’d be surprised if anybody can understand what the doodles mean.

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, do you have a favourite?

I haven’t discovered podcasts yet. Maybe I’ll start after writing this.

If you have any questions or a specific project in mind, please do get in touch: [email protected]

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