Musings: Interview With Joanna Davala

Joanna Davala’s illustrations reflect her love nature. She is quite taken with animals and has also confessed to portraying her love for food, through her quirky artwork. Joanna’s illustrations are happy and vibrant and we love that she chooses to depict little things that bring us great joy.

In a recent conversation with us, Joanna revealed her love for art and how it inspired her. Discover Joanna’s artwork on Cupick at


We’re glad we could finally get to this chat, welcome- Joanna! Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hello! I’m Joanna, an illustrator and aspiring artist from Bangalore. My childhood was pretty much just cycling and climbing trees, buildings and people (occasionally). My time in school was the most fun I’ve had. It was there that I realized I wanted to be an artist. Apart from the usual handmade birthday card and fancy doodles put in for class projects, scrapbooks and the last page of every notebook, I knew that this was what I wanted to do forever. Luckily, with the full support of my family, I went on to study at Chitrakala Parishath.

I am almost done with college and have been freelancing as an illustrator. I have also co-founded a very tiny stop-motion animation company, Little Fox Films.

How did you realize that art was an essential element of your perspective?

Stationary made me very very happy as a child.

Avatar Fox by Joanna Davala

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Snowflake by Joanna Davala

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Are there any particular themes you like to explore in your work?

I love making people laugh, and I strive to incorporate a dash of humour into my work whenever I can. Thematically, I love nature and animals. Painting food is something I’ve taken a liking to recently as well.

 Who would you say has been your biggest inspiration?

My Aunt is the inspiration that started it all. She’s the most creative person I know. She would look forward to every anatomically incorrect figure I’d draw.

Also, the obvious Instagram and Behance.

Talk us through your creative process. How long does it take you from ideation to the finished product?

More often than not, inspiration comes from nature. Animals, plants, anything organic, alive and natural inspires me to create something beautiful. I usually start with a horrible sketch, and draw it out as quickly as I can so I don’t lose track of my idea. Then I draw a cleaner sketch, sometimes using pictures as references.  Painting is my favourite part of the entire process. As they are watercolours, it is as exciting as it is stressful.

We are eager to learn about the tools you use. Could you give us a quick preview of your inventory?

Cartridge paper, 0.5mm pen pencil, Sugam Brushes(000, 2, 6), Camel and Winsor & Newton Watercolours and the pen tool on Photoshop (to outline just the necessary part of the paper)

Would you mind letting us have a peek at your work station?

Joanna’s Workstation
Joanna’s Workstation

Do you remember the first thing you ever drew?

A cat made out of the number 8! I think everyone’s tried that one. But the first thing that really stood out was in 5th grade. I was one of the few students chosen to paint a wall at the local Police Station. I believe it was a man driving while simultaneously using a phone, which of course, caused his death.

If you were to choose from all your work till date, what would you pick as your most favourite artwork?

Joanna’s Favourite

Procrastination- how would you define your relationship with it? And how do you deal with it?

This is a very good question. I’ll get back to it later.

Haha. I have so many ideas and tiny sketches that never get the chance to be truly fleshed out pieces of art because I put it off for later. When I do get back to it, the idea doesn’t seem as good as it did before.

Deadlines help me deal with procrastination.

What is the one thing that keeps you going?

Progress. I can look back at my work from a year ago, and see how much I’ve improved today. Progress motivates me to keep going, because I can’t wait to see what kind of art I’ll be making a year from now.

Does music play an important part in your creative process? Could we get a peek at the top songs on your playlist right now

It does!

I like listening to 70’s & 80’s pop and funk like Electric Light Orchestra and Earth, Wind & Fire. Also bands like Shields, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Jungle, Jamiroquai and Snarky Puppy.

If given a chance to work with any artist in the world, who would you pick?

Mathew Lyons. He’s unbelievable. He works on mostly digital illustrations but they never cease to amaze me. It’s minimalistic and not, at the same time.

Bangalore by Joanna Davala

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If you weren’t an artist, what do think you would be doing?

Trying to be a better drummer.

If you could have only one superpower, what would you choose?

I haven’t really thought about this but it reminds me of a comic I made in school with my best friend. It’s really terrible and childish, sorry.

If you could give one piece of advice for aspiring artists reading this right now, what would that be?

Don’t give up. If you think you’ve achieved something, don’t stop with that. Use criticism as a positive means of motivation. If it wasn’t for my brother making fun/criticizing my older drawings, I wouldn’t be here, on Cupick, writing this.

Ice-Cream by Joanna Davala

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Berries by Joanna Davala

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How has the journey with Cupick been thus far?

Full of surprises. To be honest, I started out on Cupick under the assumption that it was just another forum where everyone ends up putting up their artwork like a portfolio. But it’s awesome to see people actually buying original art and lifting the load from the artists who can now just stick to making the art and not worrying about the distribution.

I’ve found so many inspiring and underground artists on Cupick. It’s a great way to stay connected!


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