Ann Boyajian

My new addiction is hand built ceramics. Most of them have cat imagery … MEOW!!


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Where do you live?
Jamaica Plain, MA

Where have you lived?
Akron, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; Boston, MA

What medium do you use?
Pastel, colored pencil, graphite, acrylic, then mush it all together on the computer

How do you stay inspired?
Looking everywhere at everything. Window shopping. Museum hopping. Walking. Talking. Eating.

Where do you buy your art supplies?
Dick Blick, Pearl Paint, Utrecht

Do you work traditionally or digitally?

What color combination are you most excited about right now?
Cocoa and aqua

What blog(s) do you read?

Why do you like being an illustrator in 10 words or less?
I get paid to draw.

If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
some sort of food person – chef, food writer, buyer. Or maybe a music composer – choral music, I think.

What illustration job would you love to get (your dream job)?
Multiple volume book job about my cats, which would lead to licensing of stuffed animals, a cartoon strip – basically, the project would never end, and would have a bazillion tentacles and I would make millions.

Name something you do in your spare time.
Grill outdoors. Garden. Talk to my cats. Eat with friends

What’s the strangest work experience you’ve ever had?
Working on an assembly line gluing masonite square samples onto a display board.

What are you reading now?
Black House by Steven King and Peter Straub

What recent book do you recommend for a good read?
Red Tails in Love

Where would you like to travel to next?
France France France. Italy. Wales. France France France

What’s your favorite TV show?
Project Runway

What’s your favorite NPR show?
Wait wait, Don’t Tell Me – also Weekend Edition with the Puzzlemaster

What movie have you seen several times?
Black Orpheus

Who is your favorite cartoon character?
My cat, Skootch

Who are you in “The Office”?
Don’t know the show

What is your favorite cheese?
Arina (a goat’s milk gouda)

If you could name a nail polish, what would you name it?
Cream Puff

Do you wear shoes when you do art?

What do you listen to while you work?
NPR, Bach, Chopin, Thelonious Monk, Shirley Horne, Beatles, Kate + Anna McGarrigle, Mozart, Pink Martini

What artist are you reincarnated from?

What’s your middle name?

What do you wish your middle name was?
Bananie (as in Annie Bananie)

If you could eat only one food, what would it be?

How do you stay in shape?

How don’t you stay in shape?
drinking and eating, especially cheeeeeze!

What is your current favorite font?
Mrs. Eaves

How do you take your coffee?
hot milk

Whom would you like to meet?
Julia Child

What recent illustration job have you enjoyed doing?
Dogs + cats for Teneues

What was your favorite illustration assignment?
“O Say Can You See” book for Scholastic

Better Homes & Gardens
Boston Globe
Carrabba’s Restaurants
Domino Magazine
Emory Healthcare
Golf & Travel
Georgetown University
Health Magazine
Hearst Books
The Medical Foundation
MiniMed Annual Report
Nick Jr Magazine
Peter Pauper Press
Pleasant Company
Ritz Carleton
Simon & Schuster
teNeues Publishing Co.
Woman’s Day
Wall Street Journal
Washington Post

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