illustrating and blogging from: london with emma block

the second installment from my illustrators and bloggers series! today, we say hello to the lovely emma block. she makes the sweetest illustrations and blogs regularly too. i’m really enjoying her recent illustrations for darling magazine ..they’re pretty much perfect!
if you love her work as much as i do, you can buy prints from her etsy shop and you can also follow her on twitter.

emma block painting window at your london florist

hey emma! could you please give us a little intro to your work and your blog?

I’ve been blogging since I was 16 and working professionally as an illustrator since I was 17, although I didn’t make a full time career of it until I graduated at 21. My blog is largely about my illustration, with a bit of lifestyle stuff, recipes and exhibition reviews thrown in. I would describe my work as mixed media and slightly nostalgic.

yellow flowers illustration by emma block

do you have a favourite piece that you’ve made?

I think Yellow Flowers, a piece inspired by the Audrey Hepburn film Funny Face, is my favourite. It was just a personal piece that came out of nowhere and I remember being very happy whilst I was making it. It was one of the rare times when what’s in my head matched up with what’s on the paper.hand in hand soap packaging designed by emma block

tea and cake illustrated book

what’s been your career highlight so far?

For my it’s tie between having my first book, Tea and Cake published in 2011 and working with Hand in Hand Soap on their branding and packaging.

girl drinking lemonade illustration by emma block

do you have anything you’d like to achieve in the future?

I would to write and illustrate my own children’s book. I’ve illustrated a couple of children’s books, so writing one too would be the next step!

what is your all time favourite illustration or artwork? why? what does it mean to you?

It’s so hard to pick one image! My all time favourite illustrators are Quentin Blake and M. Saesk.

gouache paintings of buildings by emma block

how do you juggle creating and blogging? (if you do)

I try to draft blog posts on my ipad when I’m travelling. I actually quite like writing on the tube because I don’t get distracted by the internet. Quite often I finish uploading the images and checking the post over quite late at night so I set it to publish the next morning. I try to blog every 2 or 3 days but if I’m really busy with work I probably won’t post anything for a week at time.

do you have any favourite arty blogs you like to read?

Design Sponge, Miss Moss, Design Love Fest, Today is going to be Awesome, Jackie Magpie

where are your favourite places for art in london? to see, buy, whatever’s on your mind.

My favourite place to pick up art materials in London are Cass Art, Atlantis, The London Graphic Centre and Cornelissen’s. Cass Art is good for a bargain, Atlantis and The London Graphic Centre have a great range of stock and Cornelissen’s is for special purchases. Cornelissen’s has been open since the mid 1800s it doesn’t look like it’s changed much since!

One of my favourite places to go for inspiration is the V&A. I also love the British Museum, Somerset House and The Fashion Textile Museum.

cake shop illustration

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