Caitlyn Lynch’s illustrations convey complex emotions using fine linework and muted colours

Twenty-year-old Pretoria-based illustrator and artist Caitlyn Lynch uses a mix of ink, watercolour paint, milky pens, metallic markers and pencil to create her delicate line illustrations and short paneled comic book strips. When making digital illustrations she uses her laptop, Wacom tablet and the Adobe CC package. 

“I scan in traditionally produced illustrations onto my laptop and edit them further. This process can sometimes take months, other times less than an hour. Most often it starts with a poem, thought or lyric written in the trusty memo app on my phone,” she shares.

Caitlyn’s sparse illustration style depends on her succinct storytelling ability. The young artist lets us into her world, as she draws inspiration from her personal life. She conveys relatable situations and images in a fresh way, frequently exploring the notion of self-love. “Until just over a year ago I didn’t really have a style and my illustrations weren’t all that original either. When I started using my illustrations to portray my emotions that I felt needed to be expressed, my style started to develop. Simple line drawings felt natural to me when trying to express complex thoughts. When I started taking 35mm film photographs I added these line drawings into the photographs. I felt this was the perfect way to show what could be seen in that moment as well as what I was feeling.” 

At the moment she is studying Information Design at the University of Pretoria. Her degree is informing much of her creative processes. “We do projects that focus on so many different aspects of design and art and every time that I’m exposed to something new it changes how I create whether it be what the subject is or the medium used. I started doing more digital illustrations after having hours of training sessions on Illustrator and Photoshop. I fell in love with film photography after a street photography project,” she shares.

Looking ahead, Caitlyn will be starting a business with two of her close friends, Amy Harrison and Ingrid Millwood. Together they plan on producing and selling prints of their illustrations as well as T-shirts with their designs on.


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