Ann Boyajian’s Bio
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?
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?
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?
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?
How do you take your coffee?
Whom would you like to meet?
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
Golf & Travel
The Medical Foundation
MiniMed Annual Report
Nick Jr Magazine
Peter Pauper Press
Simon & Schuster
teNeues Publishing Co.
Wall Street Journal