Emma is a young illustrator whose work primarily focuses on female form and fashion with intertwined themes of being a girl, social media, tattoo and youth culture.
What’s your background as an illustrator?
I graduated the Illustration course at Brighton University in 2016. I always did creative subjects at school (much to my parents despair, but it seems to be paying off so far). I also currently have my own desk in a screen printing studio which has done wonders for my motivation as a young artist!
Can you elaborate on your creative process?
I primarily begin a piece of work with a more traditional approach, at the moment cartridge paper and a pencil, and then take it into Photoshop later to colour it. I used to work entirely without a computer, but I find now it gives you so much more freedom to get the finish you want when you mix analogue methods with digital. It took my friend Izy three years while we were at University to convince me to use Photoshop, but now I am very thankful she persevered! I also got some risograph prints done the other week and I think I’m in love.
Current projects you’re working on? Aspirations?
I am currently working on making a small run of screen printed t-shirts. I’d love to have my own clothing company one day so I’m testing the waters at the moment. I am also working on a project called the Portal-00 with a friend for Boomtown Fair; it ran last year and was quite successful and we are trying to make it bigger and better this year so I have been drawing up some plans.
Five things inspiring you/your work right now:
1. Frank Ocean’s album blond (I actually can’t get enough of it)
2. The incredible work coming out of the tattoo industry in general but specifically that of Maxime Plecia-Bushi or Scott Move
3. Grey, concrete, smelly, noisy, beautiful London
4. ‘Making of Cyborg’ by Kenji Kawai
5. Working nights
Current guilty pleasure:
Skyrim Remastered with all the DLC included; also, watching every season of American Dad… for the third time.
Obv, the greatest artist of all time is…
David Rappeneau, because his work is so weird and emotive and I can’t work out how the hell he gets the aesthetic he achieves.
Emily Partridge is also a badass.
– not to mention all the ridiculously talented people I met on my degree.
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