A Day In The Life Of Airlie Anderson

I live just north of Princeton, New Jersey. It’s great to live in a University town that has beautiful countryside, and only an hour away from New York City.
My husband and I live in the smaller part of a big old farm house.
I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2000, majoring in Illustration.

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I work in gouache (opaque watercolor). My studio moves around quite a bit – my favorite place to work is in the barn. But if it’s too hot or too cold, I move my stuff inside. Or if a skunk gets in there and sprays, which happened once.

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Right now it’s too cold to work in the barn, so I’m in the living room. I keep the imac upstairs. That way I’m not too tempted by all the fun stuff to do on the internet.
It was easier not to get distracted when I only had my little (old) laptop!

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In the mornings I go for a run or to the gym, come home and eat, and then get to work. I’ll doodle with mechanical pencil just to get warmed up.
If I’m having the winter blues, or just need to find a spark, I’ll go to our local Princeton coffee shop, or Labyrinth, our fantastic independent book store.
I got married to a chef this past September, and he works late. I’m usually doing artwork until he gets home.

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I love taking the train to Manhattan to meet with our US agent Kirsten. We like to go to City Bakery on 18th street, eat cookies, and get inspired!
Books of Wonder, a magical book shop, is right across the street from City Bakery. I hope to get my books in there sometime soon!

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Favorite books of the moment:
Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck
On Audiobooks: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (a fellow New Jersey-ite!)
Lane Smith’s Grandpa Green

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Airlie Anderson’s full illustration portfolio