Amy Watkins is an illustrator, blogger, and DIY enthusiast in sunny Southern California. As the creative mind behind Cozy Reverie blog, she strives to inspire originality and imagination for all who love art, fashion, and craft. She recently launched her online shop, featuring patterns inspired by her illustrations.

Have you always been creative and artistic?

Oh my goodness, YES! In grade school, I used to wait for any holiday just to have an excuse to give my classmates handmade gifts. Mind you, this was way before the Internet, so I was going off pure imagination. My mom definitely influenced and encouraged this in me.

How would you describe the style of your work?

Colorful honesty. I’m a big kid at heart and I refuse to ever let that go. I was never classically trained, so my style has always had a childlike feel to it. It is fun, bright, and always aiming to make you smile.

What’s in your pencil case and what’s your favorite tool?

My pencil case is definitely packed with mechanical pencils, soft erasers, and at least one fresh black marker. Maybe some crayons. I’m a big fan of sketching on paper first and then refining, digitally, with my tablet.

Who is your favorite superhero?

Growing up, I was always drawn to Batman (pun not intended). However, now I’ve realized that I had always liked the colorful villains more than the Dark Knight. I love anything that makes me laugh. I’m going to stick to my childhood superhero, but more the Adam West Batman (at least he had a sense of humor!).

If you could have one super power what would it be?

Telekinesis, like Professor X level. Any mom could understand how handy that power would be.

Where do you look for inspiration?

I can honestly say I look to characters for inspiration. Television, film, wherever there is a person than has a colorful personality, I am immediately drawn to them.

Instagram is also a big part of my creative process. Being a fan of fashion bloggers, it is easy to come across something pretty and creative.

Who are your favorite artists or comic book authors?

I didn’t grow up reading comic books, but Disney films have always been a huge influence in my art, which is probably why my work is so cartoony. I can’t get enough of Mary Blair. I wish I could wallpaper my house with her work! Don Bluth is, by far, my favorite animator. The way he can create movement with a still is just amazing to me.

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