Emma Donnelly – Illustrator Extraordinaire

This week I had the pleasure of speaking to the lovely Emma Donnelly, a Huddersfield based Illustrator who has turned her hand at business with her designs now available for purchase. With a quirky, and charmingly honest style of illustration, it’s a guarantee you’ll find a little piece of yourself somewhere in her work. I caught up with Emma to find out more…

Tell me a little bit about yourself and your work

I’m a fat lady, in love with comics, illustration, dogs and feminism. Currently completing my penultimate year studying Illustration at The University of Huddersfield while trying to navigate my way through the big bad world of freelance.

What are your goals for the next few years?

I’m looking forward to pushing my work to contain more of a political theme. I want to get heavily involved in promoting the feminist ideals of loving yourself, challenging what the media portrays on how to be a person and helping those in dire situations to get educated and get out there. Other than that, I’d just like to keep on making people smile with my illustrations, to get comics published and just to keep doing what I love doing best.

The Gola campaign is called Born in Britain. Who or what inspires you in Britain today?

If I’m being entirely honest, I really just love being British. After everything that’s gone on during 2012 I cant help feel a sense of national pride. There is so much going on in this country and I feel privileged to be a part of something so great. I guess that’s what inspires me really. It pushes me to work creatively to eventually be part of something this great.

Do you have any advice for illustrators just starting out?

Aha I feel like I’m just starting out myself really, but all I can really suggest is just make art, meet people of a like mind and make more art. Your style will develop, you’ll find out how to make something you’re happy with and more than likely find people that like what you do too. Make sure you illustrate for yourself, because at the end of the day its personal to you and its what will define you from others.

Do you have any projects coming up that our readers can look out for?

Well it may be cutting it fine a little, but I’m exhibiting at Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds (New Dock Hall) on the 17th and 18th of November with two other fabulous artists. We’re selling a whole range of things, including the first 25 copies of my (first ever!!!) comic Shibutaro and the Frog.

Finally, anything else you’re dying to tell us?

That you, Katie House, are a fabulous person and that you’re doing a great job!


Well as a self confessed fan of Emma’s work, and an owner of her beautiful designs I hope you guys like her just as much as I do. Check her out now via tumblr or twitter to be the first to know of her new designs and where you can get your hands on them. You’d be mad to miss out!

Twitter: @EmmaInky

Tumblr: emmainky.tumblr.com

Web: emmainkyillustration.net 

Just because I like to spoil you guys, you can also find Emma at the Gola Creative Takeover THIS FRIDAY (23rd November) So head over if you’re in the area.

Until next time


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About Katie House

Hi I’m Katie, and I’m a final year Advertising student at Huddersfield University. I’m a huge lover of all things Design related, but I’m also passionate about music and literature. I love getting out there, getting stuck in and seeing what more I can learn in the world of creativity and music. I’m a very passionate and dedicated person, with a love of communication design. When I’m not blogging for Gola or at University, I intern for a brand design agency, as well as write my own personal blog and often work freelance. I’m always up for a challenge and excited to try anything new. I was involved with the 2012 Born in Britain Gola campaign, so I’m thrilled to be back working with the team for 2013. I’m excited to get started and to see what talent I can uncover. Its been a great experience, and the blog has featured some amazing people, so who knows what 2013 will bring.

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