Strawberry Sage

I just felt like making a cutesie shiny magical character. I played with the lighting and what I deem to be the internet’s favorite girlish triad colors.

Here are the progress shots:

I feel like I spent an inordinate amount of time on her knee đŸ˜›

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Emerald Harvest Cal-Mag Illustration

Here’s the latest work I did for a client, Emerald Harvest:


The final and full image is gigantic and pretty detailed — I spent over 100 hours on this illustration. Emerald Harvest takes their label artwork really seriously! The level of detail was a pretty high standard for me to work up to.

Just to avoid any confusion, as of right now this is the only illustration I’ve done for Emerald Harvest. If you look on their website and think to yourself “All this other artwork looks like Emily’s style,” I did not do any of those illustrations at all! Most of my friends have that confusion when they first see Emerald Harvest’s website. The client, Rob, found my art style to be fit for blending in with the rest of the artwork, so the similarity is by design.

Here are some of the earliest concepts of the design I did:


Here’s a bunch of progress shots, including some different versions of the tree we explored:


In this last shot there’s a border added to all the labels, which I didn’t do:


I think I adjusted the colors of the border work a bit in this shot with the green (we went through lots of different drafts!), but the final iteration had a different color the creative director chose (which I never would have thought of!):


Thanks for the fun and epic project, Rob!

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Mumbai doodles

Here are some doodles I did while I was in Mumbai, India.


Here’s a mid-progress shot:04102017

These shots were in and around the neighborhood of Prabhadevi. 04092017

The weather was always around or above 90F during the day outside, and there was basically never a cloud in the sky. I’d giggle a little looking at the weather forecast between New York and Mumbai — Always at least like 5% chance of precipitation in NY, but 0% chance precipitation in Mumbai every day, always sunny all the time. Unless there was smog, which was probably why I had a bit of trouble trying to put in more contrast to this skyline view. Everything felt pretty bright and washed out, so a slight bit of contrast actually made a huge difference, if that makes any sense.

Interesting and fun trip, especially thanks to our very kind and generous hosts! đŸ˜€

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Featured Student: Abby

Today I’m featuring one of my drawing students, Abby (age 13). I started teaching her last August in 2016, and she has made significant improvements over the past half year. What’s unique about Abby is that she is fearless, taking on new ambitious tasks and powering through them with flying colors.

(Just a quick note, these drawings are my screenshots of her holding up her work to her webcam on Skype.)

Here is one of the first (if not the first) drawings she showed me:


The demonstration of her improvement is pretty mind-blowing to me. Here is one of her drawings of the same guy (Zayn) from just a few weeks ago:


I remember in her first lesson, she mentioned wanting to get better at shading. She now has a much better grasp of how to use the pencil in controlling the different values and hard/soft zones in rendering portraits. She has also achieved a much higher level of likeness of the people she illustrates.

Here are some more of  her earlier drawings:


Another unique habit I’ve noticed is how she shows a sense of confidence and polish to many of her illustrations.

Here are some shots of her work I took during the lessons:



Generally during lessons, between each progression, I take screenshots of students’ work and digitally mark them up like this:


Here are Abby’s results within an hour and a half, and this is the first time she tried drawing an entire human figure:


I’m excited to see how far Abby takes her skills! It’s been a true pleasure teaching her.

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