Aurelia Devoit

Submission from London, Illustrator


Aurelia was born in the French Alps and spent her childhood travelling and dancing. She studied ballet at a conservatory in France and later in Switzerland. Aurelia stopped pursuing ballet since she wanted to venture “outside of the box.” She moved to Paris and earned a master’s degree at la Sorbonne, and is currently living in London and making illustrations for books. She creates characters inspired by literature and prefers clean lines within her art.



Your idea of happiness? 

Being Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire in the movie The Band Wagon during the dance in the dark in Central Park. Perfect love and perfect understanding!


Your idea of misery? 

Being lonely.


If not yourself, who would you be? 

It's not easy for me to answer to this question, as I don't idealize other people lives. I think that at some point it's always difficult to live…so I could say being someone bolder with a lot of imagination, maybe more radical with a strong bob hairstyle!


Your heroes? 

Raymond Depardon, Misia Sert, Francesca Woodman, Pina Baush, The Beatles, Jean Renoir, Paul Valéry, Stefan Zweig...and the forgotten ones.


What is your present state of mind?



Bedside table books? 

Jean-Christophe by Romain Rolland. I love big books, this one is in 10 volumes!


What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? 

I read a book or I chant Indian mantras.


Do you collect anything? 

Not really. Maybe precious books, or at least those that are precious and beautiful to me. Maira Kalman's books for example.


What is the strangest thing you believed in as a child? 

My grandfather had a big garden with lots of fruits and vegetables, and once when I was eating a watermelon he told me that if I swallowed the seeds, a watermelon would grow in my stomach! He was a man of few words, so this story stayed in my mind for a long time.


Favorite color? 



Favorite city? 

One of the first idiomatic expressions that I learned in English was, “Wherever I lay my hat, that's my home!” I have travelled for almost 4 years now, so yes, wherever I lay my hat, that's my home (if my husband is with me).


What are your plans for this weekend? 

Same as the other days, draw, read, watch movies. And Sundays always start the same, an English breakfast!


Favorite song? 

Eric Carmen, "Boats Against the Current" and Frank Sinatra, "Rain In My Heart".


Right or left-handed?



What is the best dish you can cook?



What is your middle name?



What do you do in your free time?

Mostly I draw or write or read or see my friends, and talk, talk, talk with my significant other. 

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