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art of the masses

Illustrations and other art by Emily

Updated: 2018-03-08T07:07:21.916-08:00


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diorama - bunnies in the woods


I made this diorama last week. Some of you may recognize the images from my 2012 sketchbook project sketchbook - treehouse.
the diorama is built up in three layers at a depth of seperation of about 0,8 cm between each layer. The frame is an adjusted IKEA frame 'Ribba' with an image area of 13x18 cm. I removed the frame's points and put in new ones to allow for the depth of the diorama (points - those flexible metal tabs used to fix the back panel onto the frame).
video of my 2012 sketchbook project contribution - treehouse
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IF wild


IF farewell


IF urban


IF egg


IF swim


Whale balloons for sale

IF glasses (aka spectacles)


Bear with me - no seriously don’t leave. I’m sorry about the pun.
Ok, so when I was hiking with some friends on the Inca trail in Peru we passed a warning sign with a bear on it. We asked our guide about the bears and he told us they were called spectacular bears.
This filled us with glee. How wonderful is that? And why or what makes it spectacular? Our imaginations filled in the blanks.
So it was with a grain of chagrin I found out it was actually called the spectacled bear – but let’s be honest, in my heart he will always be spectacular.

IF yesterday


'I could tell you my adventures — beginning from this morning,' said Alice a little timidly: 'but it's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.'
-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

I figured I would draw from this Lewis Carroll quote - but then I just drew a bunny

IF talent


Navigating the reanimated market takes luck, a good pair of stilts & talent

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some bunnies


I did these as part of a larger commissioned piece.

of Woven Wood


I've been away for a while but I haven't been idle! (my poor negleted blog xoxo - all better?)
So what exactly have I been up to? Well, last year I was one of the winners of the 'Illustrators of the Future' contest, and this April I was flown to LA for the award ceremony and book release. I got to meet lots of wonderfully talented people; my fellow illustrator winners: Paul Pederson, Carly Trowbridge, Hunter Bonyun, Mago Huang, Fiona Meng, Greg Opalinski, Jay Richards, John Haverty, Pat R Steiner, Rhiannon Taylor, and of course the judges who mentored us during the week: Val Lakey Lindahn, Ron Lindahn, Stephen Hickman, Cliff Neilsen, Robert Castillo, Stephan Martiniere - just to name a few.

The story I illustrated in the Anthology is called 
'Of Woven Wood' - by Marie Croke

I made an animation from the image - which can be seen here below. I hope to have a version with the intended soundtrack up as soon as I can secure the correct license to use the music.
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bridge water emporium


day Twentyfive


To play the calendar through from day one or to leave a comment, see the post below
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This interactive December calendar countdown to Christmas featuring Zoe and Dante is a work in progress and may not always be up in time or bug free, but if it's not working please check in later and hopefully we'll have sorted it out. 

The advent calendar is part of a collaboration I'm doing with a fun gal from New York called Wei. Eventually it will be polished up to a rosy shine - But seeing as that may not be until spring, and melting snow tends to make Santa’s festive attire smell of wet wool and cinnamon (a romantic notion in theory but a bit of a turnoff as you prance through the daffodils) I’ve decided to the advent calendar as it is now. 

If your device doesn’t support flash I’ve created vimeo videos of each animation. To watch these videos please follow this link to where I’ve collected them all for easier viewing.

Again - to play the flash version calendar through from day one, follow this link.

day One


to start - find and press 'ONE'
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If your device doesn’t support flash I’ve also included videos of each animation. To watch the video animations from older days please follow this link to ‘A very Zoe and Dante Christmas’

trees and clouds


I’m working on a little movie, and I thought it might be fun to share some of the set components I’ve drawn so far - We’ve got your average fluffy clouds, snowy trees and some tree sweaters including birds.

hum - I see that a small penguin paperclip snuck in while I was documenting the sets. He stems from a box of penguins I bought in Tokyo, and he is so cute I don’t have the heart to oust him.

and now, some penguins


I’ve been thinking of penguins lately - penguins in sweaters to be precise! It’s almost become something of an obsession, as doodle after doodle features a flappy sea bird in a finely knit jumpers.

It all started with the call for knitters to aid the oil exposed penguins in New Zealand. And seriously, when you see a picture like this (link to image), tell me you don’t feel the urge to draw handsome penguins too.

So here is a little charmer getting a soapy scrub down as his friend is distracted by a suspicious scarf.



November rises and that means, it's Picture book idea month! YAY! I loved participating last year and on top of a slurry of new ideas, I won the delightful book you see below donated by Jannie Ho. So again, YAY! Tomorrow I start the 2011 PiBoIdMo and I can't wait to see where it takes me.



meet freckles


my process


Hi everybody! I just got back from an inspiring visit to Montreal & New York, and I am more than ready to get back to the drawing board. *smiles* Just wait until I introduce you to Freckles the alligator! But first, just before leaving on my trip I did an interview for InspirU Coo Coo and I’ve included below my answer to the question ‘describe your illustration process’. For the full interview follow the link. Hugs everybody. Good to be back, and I can’t wait to go visit you all soon. 1 - I CHOOSE A THEME ‘scruffies’: term I use for the comfy and by no means sexy clothes I wear when working in my home studio.2 - RESEARCH and INSPIRATION3 - THUMBNAIL SKETCHI draw a thumbnail sketch... here is an example of an actual thumbnail sketch and the respective final image 4 - PROCESSINGI scan the thumbnail and enlarge it, then print it out and use it as a backbone for the detailed drawing on the light table.5 - PERSPECTIVEIf relevant, I figure out the perspective points. I often tape multiple extensions to the image for the perspective points and use really long rulers. 6 - PENCIL WORKI draw the basic image in pencil7 - INKINGI then ink the image frameborder="0" height="351" src="" width="468">8 - TEXTURESFinally I fill in the texture. I sometimes scan the image and test different lighting gradients on my computer before applying them in ink.MY TOOLSHowever when I doodle, I just put pen to paper and try not to think too much. Have a great day, and again you can find the rest of the interview here.[...]

slightly speedy sketchbook peek


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speeded up flip through of my 2011 sketchbook project sketchbook

I’ve been busy as bees! This is great for me, not so much for my little blog. I’ve been doodling over at boy in a bear suit, but it’s not the same. I thought I best idle the time here by sharing more of my 2011 sketchbook for the sketchbook project. It’s a bit speeded up as it was too long. On the upside I kind of like the old super 8 feel where things go just a smidge too fast. Enjoy.

boy in a bear suit


Hello Tuesday that feels like a Wednesday!

I don't have any big lovelies to share just yet but in my blogging absence/abstinence I started a doodle blog on the side.

Boy in a bear suit is a blog to host a little challenge I’ve set up for myself. The criteria - ‘keep it simple’, 'just characters', ‘post daily’ and ‘no bunnies’

Do not fret, Zoe and Dante will be sharing lots more adventures right here as usual! Hugs!



A bunch of months ago I was visiting Tammie’s blog and one of her delightful photos immediately caught my attention. I commented that I could see Zoe and Dante having an adventure in her landscape.
To my delight I got an email shortly after with the photo in question attached, giving me permission to borrow from it! I was flattered and thrilled! I started the image right away... but it just wasn’t working out and in the end I put it aside.
Then as it so happens, this week’s IF theme is journey, and I thought of that failed image. It was perfect. If only I could get it to work... I guess time gave me the distance to see it with fresh eyes, because now, after some tweaking (ok a lot of tweaking) I think I found my way.