A chat with TOM LYNCH, master illustrator
We asked Tom for some background on how he became an artist. Here's what he told us:
When I was seven years old, I took a shine to drawing... mostly pirate ships and Godzilla... now that I'm an adult, I am still drawn to adventure stories and mythological creatures. As a young man, I studied for many years to become an artist; I'm older now and still need to practice every day.
I usually carry two books at all times; one to read and one to draw in. For me, nothing is more fun than creating pictures for a story I've heard or read; especially if happens to be about pirates. Or giant lizards.
An early effort by our maestro, showing great promise...and an interest in giant lizards
I work as an artist, designing artwork for children and adults. Grown ups buy and hang my paintings in their homes, which is nice.
My wife and I have three children, they're all grown up; our son is a journalist and our twin daughters work very hard in college where they study fashion and interior design.
I live in Staten Island, which is in New York City. New York is a terrific place to see art and culture from all over the world, it also has the best bookstores. My house is not far from a wonderful zoo; it's home for so many beautiful animals, including peacocks that are free to roam around. They're surprisingly noisy birds, but you cannot hear them from my house.
When I am not creating artwork and reading books I like to collect comics and dinosaurs and paint little toy soldiers, and I still love Godzilla movies.
If you would like to be an artist some day, be an artist every day, starting today.