Digital design chats with autumn cover artist, Emily Ingram

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 herself too seriously.

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We love collaborating with this woman! The artist of bubble.’s summer 2020 cover and autumn 2021, we chatted with Emily about her favourite autumn colour to play with, the digital illustrators she’s fallen in love with this season, and her search for new found inspiration.

Q: Does your art change with the seasons?

It changes as I change, as I grow and as I experience new things. So, I guess in a way it would change with the seasons; with the different vibes, trends and new ideas.

Q: What are some of your favourite colours to use in autumn?

Nudes. I am always a sucker for a gorgeous palette of nudes, but in autumn I love downplaying the typical seasonal colours (vibrant oranges, purples, yellows) and instead playing off the brown hues.

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Q: Do you have new-found inspiration or vision for your art this year?

To be totally transparent, I’ve been in a creative block lately and I’m on the hunt for new-found inspiration. I’m not sure where I want to take my art, but I know there are some exciting steps ahead of me this year – whichever direction that may be.

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Q: Who are some of your new favourite artists this year?

@artofbrentos – I’m obsessing over Brentos’ work lately. I love how he makes it both so minimal and so effective.

@alexproba – I recently came across her work and can only dream of having a swimming pool painted by her one day.

How did you go about the autumn cover of bubble. mag?

Well firstly, Claudia (the editor-in-chief) always provides a detailed brief, which helps a lot! So going off that, I use Procreate on an iPad Pro and with an Apple pencil to create a mock-up with images that I found online to ensure we’re happy with the style and placement. I then get in the zone to draw and recreate the mock-up in my own style, usually aiming to add as much of a sketchy vibe as possible.

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If you were a ____ you would be a _____:

A flower: Pampas grass

A TV show: Parks and Recreation

An iconic woman: Tia-Clair Toomey

A colour: Dusty pink

A dessert: Dello Mano brownies

A song: Scatman

A cocktail: Mojito