Hello, I'm Emma

emma allenI've had a love of painting and drawing since I was little, and it's still going strong! After leaving my role as Art Director at a magazine publishing company to concentrate on my growing family, I picked up my paintbrush with re-newed vigour and got creative. In 2012 I won 'Student of the Year' at the London Art College whilst studying 'Children's Book Illustration', and I now work as an Illustrator, a job that I truly love. I am passionate about children's books and find them a constant source of inspiration and amazement - the local library is one of my favourite places. I work mostly in watercolours, and a little gouache, on hot pressed watercolour paper. I am always striving to improve and develop my craft and am inspired by all kinds of things but perhaps most especially by nature and it's beautiful colours. I am based in Kent, where I live with my family, and spend my time painting, reading books with my daughter and eating the odd bit of chocolate. Okay, lots of (too much) chocolate. My desert island book would be 'The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe'.   

guinea pig & butterfly final

All images Copyright © Emma Allen 2016