What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is Robyn and I’m from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
How did you get started?
I’m a freelance illustrator working with different types of mediums. At the moment I work a lot with pencil and watercolor paint. I used to draw a lot as a child, but I’ve only started doing so again about two years ago. Since I got started I’ve developed a signature style. Especially my watercolor paintings are really recognizable.
Who or What Inspires you?
I’m inspired by many things. Though not by any one thing specifically. I visit a lot of museums, at least one every week, that is one of the things that inspire me. I also love looking at work of other artists, their creativity is really inspiring as well.
What are some challenges you have faced and what advise would you give?
I think it’s important to realize that for most people making art won’t be very lucrative business. It takes a while to earn a living from this kind of work. So you really have to like it to keep doing it. And it’s quite a challenge if, like me, you are not an insider in the artistic world. Sometimes it seems like knowing the right people is more important than what you do and how well you do it. That can certainly be frustrating.
How have you grown and developed as an artist or creative person?
I feel like I haven’t been doing this that long, but I definitely see the improvement in my work over the last two years. It pushes me that so many people are supportive and enthusiastic. But I’ve got a long way to go and a lot of ideas in my head that I want to get started on. I hope I’ll be able to keep doing this.
What is your creative process like?
My creative process depends on the type of medium I use. In the case of my watercolor portraits, I usually start by making some sketches, after that I mix my colors and start painting the face and after that the hair. Watercolor paint is fickle. So sometimes I am really happy with the result and sometimes I feel like I’ve ruined it after the first few strokes.