When we first spied Emma Lewis illustrations we couldn’t help but be charmed. We love her beautifully painted characters and random sketches.
So we took a trip up to Hackney to have a cup of tea and a natter with Emma and to take a peak at her studio and see what inspires her…
ALICE – What is your favourite thing to illustrate?
EMMA – Rows of houses, big skies and forest dwelling animals. I would predominantly like to work as a picture book illustrator, so things that I can weave into stories without patronising kids is good, but also anything that happens to have inspired me.
ALICE – What’s the best project you’ve been involved in?
EMMA – I’m still quite fresh out of art school, but just working on my own things to sell so far has been pretty rewarding and really fun after three years of having everything assessed.
ALICE – What materials do you use in your illustrations?
EMMA – Just about most things – pencils, oil pastels, inks, paper collage, wax crayons, screen print, monoprint………..
ALICE – What’s your favourite art shop or do you know any cool places we should know about?
EMMA – The Gallery (not-for-profit) Cafe in Bethnal Green has good art, music and craft workshops. And the food is super good. http://thegallerycafe.wordpress.com/
ALICE – Which illustrators do you look up to?
EMMA – Mainly European book illustrators like Beatrice Alemagna, Marc Boutavant, and Camilla Engman – illustrators that aren’t afraid to experiment with media and take risks on subject matter.
I’m also really inspired by artists and graphic designers like Stig Lindberg, Charlie Harper, Peter Blake, Frida Kahlo….and of course contemporary British illustrators like Donna Wilson and Julia Pott and their amazing handmade products. The list grows richer by the day really!