Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Before, I Could Draw - Exhibition

'Before, I Could Draw' is an exhibition based on re-interpreting our childhood drawings, where both versions will be displayed side by side! It's a brilliant idea for an exhibition and I'm really excited to be taking part. There's some serious talent on board!

Here is my piece, a Film Noir re-interpretation of a drawing of a cuddly Mole I drew when I was four. Me and my Mum made him together from a kit, as well as a bat, and I developed this into a new Poster design for the classic Film Noir 'The Maltese Falcon' ('The 'Moletese' Falcon') I chose my Mole drawing because the text I wrote describing him made me chuckle, and I have fond memories of the cuddly toys we made together.

The exhibition opens this Friday at 2022NQ and runs until Tuesday the 7th Dec. It is curated by JAMWAH!
For more information visit the 'Before, I Could Draw' Facebook Page, and Follow on Twitter @BICDexhibition

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Forming Words Alphabet Exhibition - 'R'

I am part of Manchester Craft and Design Centre's 'Forming Words Alphabet' Exhibition, one of 26 Artists chosen to create a piece of artwork based on a letter of the alphabet that we were randomly assigned. I was given the letter 'R' which I interpreted as this character, whose outfit and shape reflect both the upper and lower case of the letter.

I was thinking of Quentin Blake's words from a few years ago when I saw him speak at the South Ken Kid's Book Festival in 2011, where he spoke of drawing how the character 'feels', so this is what I was trying to convey with this piece, which is called 'Ready'.

"From illustration to book sculpture, and mosaic to ceramics, the ‘Forming Words Alphabet’ is a perfect celebration of all things literary!"

More info here.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Manchester Canal Festival

I'll be creating live art this weekend at the 2013 Manchester Canal Festival! Come and see me, Chris Howker and Barney Ibbotson among others, throw paint, spray paint and pens around! There will be live music, film screenings, food and drink deliciousness, and best of all, it's free! Afterwards our artwork will be auctioned off for charity at the 2022NQ Canal Festival After Party.

More info here

Friday, 23 August 2013

Stripped Fest at Edinburgh International Book Festival

I'll be at Stripped Fest this weekend in Edinburgh!

This weekend I'll be in Edinburgh covering events for the Brand New 'Stripped' Fest - Edinburgh International Book Festival's celebration of comics, graphic novels and the people who create them.
Tomorrow I'll be interviewing comics heroes Tom Gauld and Stephen Collins for a film and covering their event! Very nervous and excited about this!
On Sunday I will be covering Garen Ewing's event where he'll be talking about his Rainbow Orchid Trilogy, interviewing the lovely chap, and then heading over to the 'Comic Consequences' event!
Keep up to date with what I'm up to over on my Twitter @EmmaIllustrate and I'll post a blog summary when I get back as well!

Have an absolutely fantastic long weekend!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Manchester Gallery of Costume - Dior

Drawing in Manchester Gallery of Costume today, here is my favourite one - Dior Silk Coat c1955

Friday, 26 July 2013

Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet

Earlier this year I was one of 200 Artists invited to take part in Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet, an interactive project run by Darren Di Lieto from The Little Chimp Society. Artists are invited to illustrate an A5 envelope in whatever way they choose, and to post the original artwork back to Darren, culminating in an exhibition held next week, and a published book!

Founder Darren Di Lieto was... "looking for a way to connect on a real world level with all of the brilliant and talented illustrators who had become part of his community and network. Mail art was the perfect way to accomplish this task. The project has held exhibitions up and down the UK, and was published as a very nice book by HOW Books." You can read more about Mail Me Art here, and order the new Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet book here if you fancy it!


Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Ugly Sister Portrait

I am currently working on expanding my colour portfolio. This is one of the first new pieces I created in a cross hatching coloured pencil style that I'm really pleased with. This is a portrait of Hester, one of the ugly sisters from Ashputtel, or Cinderella.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

New Studio!

Here is me moving into our new Studio Today! I am sharing with my friend and fellow illustrator Alan Dalby. It feels like home already :)

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Asputtel Sketchbook Drawings

The Ugly Sisters, ugly on the inside and out. And Ashputtel, getting a cruel cold outside water shower.
From Ashputtel, or Cinderella.