Illustrator Chloe Joyce Finds Inspiration In Lounging

For years, illustrator Chloe Joyce ignored her creative calling. “My sister is an artist, but it’s not something I ever really thought of doing,” she relayed in an interview with Twenty Something Humans. “I enjoyed it, but always thought of it as her ‘thing,’” she admits. But after some meandering and a short gig at the fashion industry, she decided to dip her toes into illustration. “The fashion industry wasn’t for me, so I decided to do a design fundamentals course and boom, I’m an illustrator!”

With a solid following on Instagram, she clearly made the right choice. Based in Sydney, she now works full time as an illustrator and graphic designer. Her designs are very much contemporary, focused on women of all shapes and colors lounging around in their pajamas, and situated in interiors that seem immersed in greenery.

A creative spirit, inspiration comes easy for Joyce. “I like going for a walk or a swim (salt water is the cure for EVERYTHING!) but also just lounging around,” she notes. “It’s amazing how creative you can be if you just give yourself some time to be lazy!”

Traveling also makes for a good source of inspiration. “Being around new cultures and landscapes is incredibly invigorating and can really shake up how you view your work,” says Joyce. “When you’re working full time in a creative industry, it’s easy to get tunnel vision and start recycling ideas. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I do think that getting outside of your comfort zone can be a nice creative.”