It all started with a drawing of a typewriter
. I first laid eyes on the work of Cherry Wynn-Williams
when I opened up our Coloring Book Volume 3 and gasped at a funny little old-fashioned typewriter. She is an illustrator and world traveller, which I would have guessed even before I reached out to her because her portfolio is full of foreign street-sides, glimpses of exotic markets, and peeks into little alleys that exist somewhere across the world.
DA: Hi there. Have you done anything exciting lately?
CW: I have literally just returned from a marvelous trip to the Barossa Valley & Kangaroo Island (SA). The weather was perfect for photography and now I have quite a collection of visuals to inspire my next projects. I have added some photos to my blog
DA: I was just about to say I love your drawings of different places around the world. Where would you go for your dream vacation and why?
CW: Thanks, much appreciated. I recently embarked on a RTW trip and kept a visual travelog and sketchbook
. Capturing moments like this still reminds me exactly what it was like being there. My work is influenced from the world around me and in recent years I have been fortunate to explore further-afield lands. My dream vacation would be Antarctica. My father worked as a scientist there for many years, and having heard many stories, I would love to see the unique magical landscapes for myself.
DA: I saw some yummy-looking food you doodled too. What are you most often munching on while you're drawing?
CW: I’m a bit of a fan of super salads and am always trying new recipes. A typical dessert would be a deliciously decadent cupcake!
DA: What do you do to get yourself going when you're running low on inspiration to draw?
CW: My inspiration mainly comes from observing everyday life around me, scouring through blogs for new perspectives, and I also find doodling leads me to work that I hadn’t planned on creating.
DA: Spontaneous doodles are the best. Would you share the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
CW: Say yes to new opportunities, you never know who you will meet and what kind of work it may lead to.
DA: True! We're so glad you took the opportunity to submit your illustration to our open call for submissions. Have you colored in your page in our Coloring Book Volume 3?
CW: The Doodlers Anonymous colouring book
is packed full with wonderful work. Here is how I have chosen to colour in my illo:
DA: She added pages! I love the improvised addition to the illustration. You can see more of Cherry's work on her website.