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P.J. Lynch

As a child

I was born and brought up in Belfast. It was a scary place to be when I was a teenager in the 1970s, so holidays at my mother’s family farm were especially important for my brothers, my sister and me. "Holiday" may not be the right word as we worked really hard every day we were there – but we loved it! My mother particularly encouraged my drawing. I’m sure that for me, burying myself in books, and the little worlds it created on a page, was a good way of escaping for a while from the horrors that were happening around me in the real world.

As an adult

I think I may have been having too good a time of it for too long. I certainly skated through my thirties with hardly a care in the world. But what was it all about? Settling down with Barbara and having our own two young sons, Ben and Sam, has changed me in very profound ways. As has the death of my father. I hope it is all making me a better, more thoughtful person.

As an artist

I like to think that I’m improving as an artist. I’m certainly always trying new things and continuing to draw from the life model whenever I can. I’m very excited by digital technology and I try to use it in subtle ways to improve my work. Hopefully one day, I’ll produce books that are utterly different from my recognized styles. Too many illustrators plough the same old furrow for years and years. With A Christmas Carol, I tried to get back to a much more "drawn" look. Some of my pictures have just got way too much work put into them. Find out more about P.J. Lynch at

Things you didn't know about P.J. Lynch

  1. Married life begins at forty, for me anyway. I got married to Barbara on my fortieth birthday.
  2. I’ve tried to learn at least seven musical instruments and have given up on all of them.
  3. I have illustrated four sets of Christmas stamps for the Irish post office.
  4. In my spare time I do sculpture and large oil paintings.
  5. My favourite place to get away is to Dromahaire, Co Leitrim.
  6. My favourite illustrators are Gennady Spirin, Lizbeth Zwerger and Alan Lee.
  7. My studio is right in the centre of Dublin – great for people-watching and parade-watching.
  8. Italy is my favourite country after Ireland.
  9. I always loved playing soccer but had to give it up because of a knee injury a few years ago.
  10. Johnny Depp is my hero.

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