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Thursday 9 February 2017

Meet the Illustrator: Emma Middleton

Describe your illustration style in ten words or less.
 I hope I could describe my style as classic and endearing.

What items are an essential part of your creative space?
As long as I have my materials, I can work anywhere. However, I am very fortunate to have a beautiful studio.

Do you have a favourite artistic medium?
Just as every individual brings something special to a project, I feel the same can be said for each medium. My favourites are oil paint, watercolour, pastel and simply pencil.

Name three artists whose work inspires you.
Only three! I’ll choose the big-guns; Monet, Sargent, and Rodin.

Which artistic period would you most like to visit and why?
Probably the Renaissance, to learn more about chiaroscuro.

Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?
My children, and a desire to share something that has been created with love.

Can you share a photo of your creative work space or part of the area where you work most often? 
This is my sanctuary, my happy place. I have items of inspiration, all manner of art materials, notepads for editing, and a window for illumination.

What is your favourite part of the illustration process?
Finishing a piece! Even though the work is planned, it is like reaching the top of a mountain and seeing the view for the first time, instead of simply imagining the view.

What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator?
Spend as much time as you can practising your craft, find work that inspires you, meet with other artists, analyse what you like in others work, seek critique, be critical of your own work, and re-work until you are satisfied.

Emma’s passion for children’s literature is fed by a 15 year career in the creative world of professional ballet, and the experience of teaching, at her own ballet school, to a generation of children. 

Emma is illustrating Clover’s Big Ideas by Georgie Donaghey, which will be published by Little Pink Dog Books in 2017. Her picture book The Lion in our Living Room will be published by Affirm Press in October 2017, with gorgeous illustrations by Briony Stewart. See Emma's website for more - www.emmamiddleton.com