Andrew Joyner is an Australian illustrator. His first picture book, The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky, was published in 2009, winning several awards and shortlisted for many more; it was adapted into an acclaimed play by South Australia's Windmill Theatre. In 2011, Andrew released his own series of books through Penguin Australia, Scholastic in the US and Rageot in France, about Boris, a winsome and adventurous warthog. He recently received a grant from Screen Australia to develop an iOS app based on the character.
Andrew’s career began with editorial illustration, and today his work can be seen in Readers’ Digest, Rolling Stone Australia, Bloomberg Businessweek and The Sunday Age. His style is characterised by a strong brush and ink line and a warmth and humour that feels both nostalgic and modern. He lives in Strathalbyn, South Australia with his family.
Place of Birth:
Currently Living in:
Strathalbyn, South Australia (a country town about 45 mins out of Adelaide)
Train, bus, bike, or other:
What's the most important object in your studio?
It’s a tie between my ancient cocker spaniel, Wilma, and my beautiful drawing desk made by my very clever Father-in-Law.
Paper or Plastic?
If you could resurrect one no longer living person to have lunch with, knowing you will have to return them to the grave right after coffee, who would it be?
William Steig, especially if he brought along his orgone energy accumulator.
Preferred method of dealing with an encounter with an acquaintance whose name you can't remember.
Socially awkward mumbling.
Why don't you flip the tortoise over, Leon?
I’m assuming this is a Gen Y reference which I am too ancient to interpret. But I’ll try – Catch you on the flipside, dudemeister?
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
Favourite client so far?
My friend Dave who wanted a drawing of a coffee cup for a tattoo.
Favourite imaginary client?
How does your mother describe your profession?
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius.
Coffee or tea?
What's your earliest drawing memory?
Copying Punch cartoons
How do you prefer to spend your mornings?
I’m lazy, so ideally I’d like to be lying in bed reading a book. But thankfully there are children (and a couple of sheep and a few chooks and ducks) that require me to get up and tackle the day. It usually begins with feedings.
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