Updated: Dec 20, 2020
Emily grew up in Melbourne and now lives in Brisbane with her husband and two beautiful dogs. They run a digital signage and design business together, and on the side Emily is a digital artist, 30 year old ‘grandma’, barre instructor, new aunt, and animal lover. She loves having a laugh and not taking her too seriously.
When/how did you realise you had a passion for art?
I’ve always had a creative side – from when I was young my mum was a big influence. We would spend hours making things, with a laundry that had a big workbench and shelves filled with all kinds of craft materials. I’m talking paper crafts, card making, sewing, drawing, modelling clay, writing – everything and anything.
How would you describe your style of art?
My style of art is constantly progressing as I grow as an individual and become exposed to new opportunities and experiences. But in general, I like to think of it as ‘perfectly imperfect’. I like rough edges and that sketchy, minimal feel while injecting a lot of detail at the same time.
Would you say your personality suits your style of art, or is it a complete rebellion of who you are?
My art is me, and I can see it progress and change as I do. I think this will be a continual and natural flow.
Can you run through the process of how you produce your art?
I use an iPad and Apple Pencil, as well as the app Procreate. It’s honestly the best app for digital art– so intuitive and easy to use. My process itself is pretty simple; it starts with me coming across an image I love, or being briefed an image, and I then do my thing in Procreate!
What are your do’s and don’ts for people who want to start getting into the art space as a hobby or career?
Do try everything and anything to find your passion. I have had so many different creative outlets over the years. I even did some event styling not too long ago as a side business/hobby. It wasn’t until a friend inspired me to get an iPad and start drawing in 2019 that I found this passion and basically haven’t put it down since. In regards to drawing, do get Procreate – you won’t regret it.
Try not to let the ‘Instagram world’ overwhelm you. There are a lot of pressures that come with trying to grow on there. Just be you, be as consistent as you can, and keep doing your thing. Be true to yourself and good things will come. This sounds so generic, but it’s what I need to tell myself every week. Just keep doing me.
What inspires you?
I love cool architecture. Instagram is an easy source of inspiration; following brands, architects, models and photographers that appeal to me. I also love staying at a unique Airbnb. I must have a certain style that I’m attracted to, but I’m not sure how to explain it because honestly, I can’t go looking for inspiration. Inspiration hits me when I’m not looking, and I just get the urge to draw that image or create something cool with it. That’s when my best work comes out.
Do you have a favourite artist?
A couple that come to mind – although are totally different styles and mediums to me, are:
@jessowatts – the first print we bought is by Jessica Watts and it now hangs in our house.
@charliemackesy – if you don’t already, you need a copy of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse and gift one to everyone you know.
@k.rae.designs – modern stationary, greeting cards, prints, tees for the badass gangsta inside all of us.
Do you have favourite colours that you work with?
I always come back to pinks, generally soft/dirty pinks. It’s not deliberate, I don’t sit here and think how I’m going to inject pinks into this drawing. It has just been a consistent colour that I always come back to. It’s funny because with my personal style, I don’t wear pinks or really own a lot of pink anything. Maybe I should!
Do you like to feature fashion icons or existing women in your work? If so, who and why?
Amongst my architectural drawings and collages, I love to draw women. Usually it’s based around fashion photography and she is generally wearing an item of clothing that I want for myself. When it comes to drawing fashion images, I’m attracted to cool shapes, angles, and textures. I’ve never really thought of why I draw women and not men. I think it's because I appreciate feminine style.
What do you find is the hardest and easiest ‘things’ to draw?
Hardest, just because it’s the most time consuming, would be greenery/florals. However, I have gotten quicker at it, so it’s not that bad. Another one would be originals. I am currently on a journey of practicing drawing original girls rather than relying on a photo. My first one is on this latest cover of the one and only, bubble. magazine! I want to push myself to improve, plus any photo that I don’t own – if I draw it I can’t sell it as a print unless I have the photographer’s permission. This means if I want to look into selling my art it needs to be completely original. So, watch this space!
Easiest, I guess the less detail in an image means the easier it is. But for some reason that’s usually not what I go for – apparently I don’t like to make things easy for myself!
Who is an iconic woman you would want to recreate with your style of art?
Do you have a favourite piece of work that you’ve produced?
Here's my two favourites:
Interior: @____katrien____'s magical home in belgium
I think this was one of the first I did in this 'extra' sketchy style and I love how it turned out.
She's my favourite girl to date. I have her hanging on my wall. I would also love her top...
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