Women Who Create / Emily Catherine Illustration

This fortnight we welcome Emily Catherine, illustrator and artist based in Nottingham uk. Emily's business though young in its years has already seen wonderful success and oppertunity! She specialises in hand-drawn and painted illustrations and has been involved with some awesome street art events and groups in Nottingham, creating large scale works that are totally eye catching in style! Read on for more insight and inspiration...

Tell us a little about your background..

I am a freelance Illustrator specialising in hand painted and drawn works for commercial and private commission. My style ranges wildly as I pride myself on getting exactly what my client envisages. I am a self taught illustrator, but have a degree in English and Cultural Studies and a Diploma in Visual Arts and The History of Art. So, whilst my practice is self taught, I am well informed in the choices I make. I like to draw and paint things which might evoke an emotional response and draw heavily on popular culture and the everyday lives of people.

Emily Catherine illustrating

Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focussed and happy?

Yes! I like to take walks when I need a break. Creatively, when I am working, I create little playlists (like a DJ) and listen to music, sometimes singing or rapping very badly as I work.

What two things can't you live without?

Tea and cigarettes. (sorry not sorry)

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

People. Everyone has a different story to tell and I want to illustrate it all!

What is the meaning of 'creativity' to you?

A Creative is someone who isn’t comfortable in themselves until they produce whatever it is they have a burning passion for.

Emily Catherine in her studio

If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why?

I don’t know how or who, but I would like to create the next ‘Aha Take On Me’ style animated music video and be dead famous for it! And I’d like the artist to be a Hip Hop artist.

Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?

Mechanical erasers make me smile because they are so neat and useful. Anything mechanical actually!

What is the best thing about running your working for yourself?

The incredible people I meet, the freedom of having a completely comfortable working environment, no uniform!

Emily Catherine Illustration Studio nottingham

What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?

Becoming a published illustrator! I now have two books with my name next to an ISBN code in the British Library which I never thought I’d have achieved within my second year of business!


Emily Catherine in her studio


What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey?

Be determined and proud of your creativity. Always talk to other women to gain a shared experience of what it is like to be a woman in the creative industry and support each other, even your competition. The world is more than big enough for us all to succeed. Also, create as a woman. It’s okay to create from your own perspective, you may inspire other women to do the same

Hop on over to Emily's FB page here for upcoming events, or to see portfolio work check out her website now x