The Artists

Emma Block

Emma Block is an illustrator who graduated with First Class Honours in BA Illustration at Middlesex University. Her first book, Tea and Cake, came out in 2011, and she is now working on her first children’s book. She likes charity shops, tea and very sharp pencils.

Emma’s work is inspired by the people she meets in her everyday life, old photos, vintage clothes, travel, 1950s illustration and 1930s jazz. She has worked for clients including Hardie Grant, Hand in Hand Soap, Blue Apple Books,The British Heart Foundation, Rokit, Time Out, Woodmansterne, Hallmark, American Greetings and Moo. She will be featured in the upcoming publications The AOI Images 36, Illustrating Children’s Books and the Lost in London Book.

Emmeline Pidgen

Emmeline Pidgen is a gold-award winning young lady illustrator fighting her way through the freelance jungle.

Since graduating with a BA (Hons) Illustration degree from University College Falmouth in 2010, and re-locating to a higher latitude, Emmeline has worked with a range of clients internationally on a variety of projects.  Her work specialises in strong use of character, colour and narrative and melds to a variety of contexts.

Emmeline’s first picture book ‘The Flyaway Blanket’ was released in 2011 by Magination Press and is the recipient of the Gold Award for bedtime stories – picture books in the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards 2012. Emmeline’s second book ‘Sylvester and the New Year’ is due to be published this year by Far Far Away Books and she’s currently working on her fifth.

Emmeline is also a member of the Ohh Deer illustration collective, and writes monthly articles about advice on creative freelancing for Ten Paces and Draw.

Laura Barrett

Laura Barrett is a freelance illustrator based in South East London. Since graduating from University of the Arts London in 2007 she has been creating intricate silhouette illustrations for a variety of clients within the fields of publishing, editorial, packaging, branding and animation. Influenced by the darker side of folk and fairytales, Laura’s work explores the use of narrative through the medium of silhouette. Her illustrations are created digitally, drawn in Illustrator using a graphics tablet, yet retain a traditional, handcrafted quality. Laura’s clients include Taschen, The Guardian, Ted Baker, Hodder & Stoughton, Brighton Festival and British Heart Foundation and her work has been featured in Digital Arts magazine, MacUser and The Mix Future Interiors.

Yelena Bryksenkova

Yelena Bryksenkova was born in Saint petersburg, Russia and raised in the American Midwest. She studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art and The Academy of Applied and Decorative Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2010, she received her BFA in illustration and now lives and works as a freelance illustrator in New England. She loves fairytales and often plays with themes of magic and mystery in her watercolor paintings.

Lesley Barnes

Lesley Barnes is an illustrator and animator. Her work has shown at film festivals worldwide and has won numerous awards. She has also produced animation for television (BBC, Channel 4), film, documentary and has directed a number of adverts. Her illustration work is graphic, colourful and hopefully a little bit magic!

Natsuki Otani

Natsuki Otani is a Tokyo born illustrator working in England. Her hope is that her illustration can make people happy, even if it is for a moment.

She has a style that is best described in colour and realised in detailed design. Bold vibrant colour forms the basis of a working practice that seeks to unite dreams and reality. She tries to give the viewer a feast of colour and complexity, her surreal macabre touches are the counterpoint to her sweet and childlike innocent subjects.
She also runs the blog, Illustration Rally featuring up and coming illustrators from all over the world.

Karolin Schnoor

Karolin Schnoor is a freelance illustrator based in South East London. She grew up in Germany where her mother read her the Grimm Fairy Tales from a clothbound collection illustrated by the amazing Werner Klemke. She has been hooked ever since and even wrote her BA thesis on Snow White. Memories of these tales and her love of screenprinting, bold colours and patterns inform her work. Recent clients include the Barbican, V&A, The New York Times, Royal Doulton and Poketo.


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