Owen is an award winning illustrator whose work has been published in every continent except Antarctica. He has worked with some of today’s top companies, like Facebook, AirBnB, and even Lego. And if that’s not enough, he also created the illustrations for the 2015 iPad App of the Year. His long list of awards and recognition include the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, Webby Awards Winner, Junior Magazine Most Promising New Talent Award, and many, many others. Aside from being a gifted artist and writer, Owen also cooks, bakes, and makes really cool music with his band, LOM.
Images courtesy of Owen Davey.
I sketch the work out in pencil first, then for this book I used a Japanese brush pen to create the inked lines, scanned these in and then coloured it all digitally using Photoshop, overlaying textures from old books, the back of leather suitcases or experiments with ink or paint that I’ve made.
There is no other medium quite like picture books. It is the only place where image and text can have equal importance. I find it fun to play with what the text says and what the image says.
Illustrating, definitely. I’m an illustrator by trade, and it’s been my passion all my life.
I have no idea really. I usually wake up when I’m done sleeping (I don’t usually set alarms), walk to my studio in town and do some drawing or respond to emails or do some admin, then go to the gym and come home and eat with my girlfriend. Then maybe do a little more work if I need to.
I don’t have one. I’ve never been good at answering this question. I love loads of them. There’s never been just one. One I like to share with people (as it’s not that well known) is Ms. Rubenstein’s Beauty by Pep Montserrat. Cracking illustrations and a nice story.
Life really. Knight Night is inspired by games I used to play with my brothers when I was a kid. Stuff like climbing over the furniture to get from room to room because the floor was lava. Made the everyday really fun.
I work sat down. I can’t work another way. It is sedentary and sometimes I lean close to a screen or over paper all day. I used to get issues with my back a lot. Yoga is great for resetting your body and stretching out any tightness from the day. And it does wonders for your mind too.
Cakes probably. I have a ridiculously sweet tooth so you’ll often find me trying out recipes of lemon meringue pies, or brownies, cookies, doughnuts etc. But a classic Carrot Cake with a cream cheese butter icing is pretty hard to beat. Maybe a Red Velvet.
Baking. Walks. Seeing friends and family. Writing songs with my band LOM. Computer games. Reading. Listening to music. Doing something active. Playing cards. I like simple pleasures.
Persist. I think a good work ethic is one of my most important skills. I’ll take little breaks if things are proving a bit tricky, but I make sure I come back to what was troubling me and try it again. “If at first you don’t succeed” and all that.
We’ve been playing together since 2012. The other two members are sisters and I’ve been friends with them for a long time. One day we just thought it would be fun. I play guitar in the band and write a lot of the bare bones of the songs and I even do some singing now too, which was unthinkable when we started. I was terrified of the concept. It’s been really rewarding to have a creative outlet that isn’t visual.