Darcy Allan is a graduate from the Sheridan Illustration degree program. Illustrating through life with quirky drawings and darling fashions. Has an odd obsession with bows, polka dots and cotton candy... and cats.
Have you always been creative and artistic?
I have. I used to draw out everything when I was younger. Even in math class, I would draw out the problems in order to solve them b/c I needed EVERYTHING in my life to be visual, or I couldn't connect. I began drawing "Barbie Books" as a young girl where I would draw out every barbie I owned, with her stats ( occupation, eye color, outfit etc) This was a feat b/c my sister and I owned over 100. I then transitioned into the girl that would draw "celebrity portraits." So all my classmates would come to me, with requests to draw Leonardo Dicaprio or Justin Timberlake. I'm crafty, I'm resourceful and I always have ideas bouncing around in my head!
How would you describe the style of your work?
My work is very character driven. I LOVE drawing people and this reflects in my work. If I'm ever presented with a project that doesn't have people or animals in it, I try my hardest to incorporate them in some way. My work has been described as quirky and odd, yet darling and sweet. I love when things are "off," and I purposely disproportion everything. I don't think my work is scary, but it definitely has a dark layer to it.
What’s in your pencil case and what’s your favorite tool?
I don't have a pencil case, but more of a "pastel bunny jar." ;) My favorite tool would be my extra teeny tiny detail brush. Which I replace often b/s it's always getting damaged. I also have this tube of blush pink acrylic that I am obsessed with. It is in ALL of my work. In the last 2 years I haven't done a piece without using it.
Who is your favorite superhero?
Does Harry Potter count? If so, Harry Potter. I'm such a Hufflepuff.
If you could have one super power what would it be?
I have always wanted to have the power to change my clothes like Sabrina the Teenage Witch did. She could wear ANYTHING! FREE OF CHARGE. I know this wouldn't really help humanity out very much but mornings would just be so much easier!
Where do you look for inspiration?
I find inspiration in the weirdest spots. Sometimes I'll be walking down the street and come across an old, chipped, painted wall in a stunning color of mint green and stone. And then something pops into my head. I'm heavily influenced by vintage, old or decrepit things. This sounds kind of gross but there is something so endearing and heartfelt in pieces from long ago. Something like a weathered stool is so full of character and holds so many stories how can it not be inspirational?
Who are your favorite artists or comic book authors?
I love a lot of old illustrators such as Arthur Rackham + Sir John Tenniel. So inspirational. I also love Isabelle Arsenault. She is one of my favorites by far!
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