we're welcoming davilyn lynch - an australian filipino artist with adorable characters!
We're very proud to be able to showcase the work of; Davilyn Lynch - she is half Filipino and Australian. There’s an undeniable softness to her detailed. heart-warming illustrations - and she also has some very fantastic books ideas under her belt!
These days there is nothing she loves more than sitting on her couch with a cup of coffee and drawing whatever strikes her imagination.
Her main inspiration for pursuing a life of illustration always goes back to her son, Henry. The inner child was ignited the moment he entered into this world. She’s always trying to get his tick of approval when she completes an illustration. Find out more below..
When did you start illustrating?
I started drawing from a very young age. Our house was like an art gallery, full of my dad’s artworks as his passion was abstract painting. Naturally I took an interest in art and started drawing everyday. I loved drawing children in particular and used kids at school as inspiration.
But I started taking it seriously about three years ago when I’d been working in retail for several years and had hit a road block. I wasn’t entirely happy or satisfied in my life and where I was going. It wasn’t until I was in Paris on a trip with my husband and fell in love with the city, architecture and street artists that I got inspired to go back to my drawing.
Who has been the most supportive in your illustration career, perhaps your teacher, family, friends?
My husband has been the most support in my illustration career as he could see I wasn’t entirely happy with what I was doing with my life and encouraged me to leave my full time job and focus on making my dream of becoming an illustrator a reality. It was a scary time leaving the security of a job and going from two incomes to one. The pressure was on and I knew I had to make this work. It wasn’t going to be easy but I knew if I didn’t give it all I had it would have all been for nothing.
Did you always think art was something that was going to be a major part of your life?
Growing up, I didn’t think art was something you could do as a career so I treated it like a hobby. I used to love doing hand drawn portraits of celebrities I liked and sent them into a monthly teen magazine that would publish their favourites every month in their creative section. I got about 15 of my drawings published and was paid $25 each time which was very exciting for me. I dreamed about getting employed by the magazine and becoming their in house artist. Since then I was commissioned work to do portraits.
When I finished high school I went on to find work in sales and left my art behind until about three years ago, when I realised I could turn this hobby into a career if I wanted it enough.
What is your favourite subject matter to illustrate?
My favourite subject matter to illustrate would have to be people, being children and animals in particular. I love their crazy, cheeky expressions they can have. I love exaggerating their body movements. As a child, children would be all that I would draw. I’d draw them playing, talking, dancing, you name it. I was very much an introvert growing up and enjoyed being at home and drawing all day long. Things haven’t changed all that much for me now. I still enjoy being an introvert.
How would you describe your style?
I predominately do most of my work in digital format but have enjoyed taking out my watercolour paints and pencils when the mood strikes.
Simplicity in my illustrations is something I seem to carry in most of my pieces. Overall I’d like people to see my work as fun and endearing to look at.
What is your favourite collaboration to date?
I have worked solo for most of my art journey so far but have been working lately on some illustrations for some children’s picture books that my husband has written which has been very enjoyable.
What interested you about being represented by Illo Agency?
Because I live on such a small island I felt as though I needed an advocate that fully understands the industry and has a worldwide reach. I felt Illo was the best place to showcase my work, get it seen by as many people as possible and steer me in the right direction towards my creative goals.
Do you have a favourite author, film director, or designer?
Coco Chanel is definitely one of my all time favourite designers. With her ‘simple and elegant’ style, she always made sure to never over-do something. One of her quotes which I like to live by is “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”
My favourite film director would have to be Nancy Meyers. The homes in her movies are perfected down to the last detail. I always think to myself when I watch a movie of hers. I wish I could live in a Nancy Meyers movie! Diane Keaton features in quite a few of them and I think she is absolutely fantastic.
At the moment I have been immersing myself in children’s picture books. I blame that on my son, but I actually do enjoy them as much as he does to be honest. I think the works of Dr. Seuss are incredible and I would hope that my son absorbs the lessons from “Oh, the places you’ll go”
Are you working on any personal projects you can share with us?
At the moment I am collaborating with my husband and working on some illustrations that are going to accompany his children’s stories he’s written.
Do you listen to podcasts? If so, do you have a favourite?
I’ve only just recently started listening to podcasts and favour subjects on health and well-being. At the moment I’m listening to “Don’t keep your day job” by Cathy Heller.
If you have any further questions or have something in mind for Davilyn, please contact her agent: [email protected]
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