Indonesian born and raised, Eveline Tarunadjaja is an illustrator and designer based in Melbourne, Australia. Her artwork grew from everyday obsessions to an infatuation with patterns, textures and intricate line work. We are thrilled to have Eveline and her gorgeous work at our Melbourne SS15 Market this October.
How would you describe the style of your work?
Custard filled delicacy with a hint of dark humour.
What is your background and what lead you to where you are today?
After I finished my degree in Multimedia Design in 2003, I worked as an in-house graphic/web designer for a local fashion label. During my spare time, I worked on my personal illustration projects. After having a solo exhibition in TCB artist-run space in 2006, I decided to take on illustration full time. Since then, I’ve done commission works for a diverse range of clients and exhibited in Australia and internationally.
What inspires your work? Where do you head for regular inspiration?
I get inspired with just about everything I see, hear and touch. Nature is a huge source of inspiration. Random stories, books, films and music, or even the texture of a piece of paper. The internet is a great source too.
I usually just go about my daily life, have a coffee at my local cafe, engage in a conversation with friends, listen to music I’ve listened to a thousand times or for the first time ever and take it from there.
What materials and mediums do you enjoy working with and exploring? What other areas would you like to explore or expand into?
I still swear by Rotring technical pens for detailed line work and I always enjoy playing around with watercolour for its subtle addition. Paper also plays an important role because the texture always determine how the drawings would turn out.
After many years working on flat surfaces, I recently started working with ceramic and polymer clay. It’s a good work out for both of my hands.
Describe your workspace and your creative process.
I recently just moved into a shared space studio in the Nicholas Building. I sit in a desk and draw until my eyes get tired or I need a coffee, which usually happens simultaneously.
What advice would you give other artists/illustrators starting out?
In most cases, being an artists or illustrators are not just about making the artworks. You have to be smart in dealing with clients, charging your fee and promoting yourself, as essentially you’re running a small business as well as creating. And absolutely love what you do. It is hard work and it’s going to be harder to do if you don’t love it.
What has been your favourite project/collaboration to work on?
One of the commercial works I enjoyed working on was this project for Sportsgirl to create background texture for one of their campaigns. As for my personal project, I love working on my Daily Diary, which I’d like to start doing more regularly.
What aspirations do you have for the future and what would be your dream project?
At the moment, I’m focusing on broadening my range, from stationary to jewellery line and anything that falls in between. So hopefully this would work out in the future and could turn into my dream project.