Portfolio: Emma Leonard

Illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia.


Keepsake (Pencil and Photoshop)

Emma is a creator of shy, feminine and melancholy artworks and illustrations that have found favour with clients including book publishers and hotels.

Where did you train?

I studied Illustration at NMIT in Melbourne.

What's your favourite tool?

It sounds boring, but it's a H pencil.

What techniques do you use most?

I usually create a very detailed, fine pencil drawing, which I then scan into Photoshop and colour digitally. I love how soft and precise I can be with pencil, but I'm also very indecisive, so I like the flexibility Photoshop gives me when playing with colours. Although I can sometimes find it very difficult to commit to colour choices, which is where a deadline can come in handy.

Gwendolynne (Pencil and Photoshop)

What kinds of materials do you work with?

Pencil, watercolour, ink, gouache paint and Photoshop.


To Make The Magic Come (Pencil, watercolour & Photoshop)

What (if any) computer packages do you use?

Adobe Creative Suite, but mainly Photoshop.

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Headlines Magazine cover (Pencil and Photoshop)

Which clients have you worked for?

I’ve worked for a number of big-name clients, including Random House, Mitsubishi, Colliers International, Walker Books, Rebecca Taylor and Grand Hyatt Melbourne.


What inspires you?

Natural history, braids, folk tales, Picnic at Hanging Rock and the Moon.