2015, in a nutshell

It's been a long time since I last updated my blog. I don't tend to write much on here, but I've always enjoyed sharing my artwork and pictures nonetheless, so I'd like to explain why I've been on the quiet side. Back in January my Dad was admitted to hospital for major brain surgery to remove a Cavernoma. Thankfully the operation went well and he has spent the last year recovering in hospital. I guess I've kept my head down because there has been so much to deal with and so much to do. 12 months later Dad is still in hospital, but I'm very pleased to say he is well on the road to recovery.

(a few Dad snaps)

Maybe I've noticed it more this year because of family worries, but working as a Freelance Artist can be tough - even with a brilliant agent! There's a constant pressure to line up the next job, balance part time work, keep your finances in check and taxes paid. You could even add the occasional wobble into the mix. I have to admit that for a while I was questioning whether my work was even good enough? I fell into the trap of comparing myself to other illustrators, artists, even my friends! Which frankly has never done anyone any good.

What I really wanted to say in this blog post is just how much I appreciate my job. I really love it, and that is what sees me through the occasional crisis of confidence. It's amazing how drawing can be a hobby, therapy and an income. It feels good to be paid for doing something you love.

I've had the opportunity to work on some wonderful books throughout the year. I've been illustrating a short series of chapter books by Adam frost called Fox Investigates. Here are the first 3 books:

I was also lucky enough to illustrate a picture brilliant book called Elephant's Pyjamas by Michelle Robinson. It was a real pleasure to work on and I can't wait to see it in the wild.

I had an exciting end to 2015. In November I went on a last minute trip to Korea and Japan. I've wanted to see the autumn colours for a long while and the time felt right. I'm so glad I went. It reminded me just how big the world is and reawakened my spirit of adventure. It was like somebody pressed a reset button in my brain and I was back to my normal self.

I guess what I am working my up to is a huge thank you. Thanks to everyone who has helped me through this year. I don't want to be soppy, but your kindness has meant an awful lot.

Anyway to quote Chumbawamba, I get knocked down but I get up again.

Emily x


  1. You have achieved so much during a very tough year - we are all very proud of you and I can't wait for my copy of Elephants Pyjamas to arrive xxxx


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