It’s probably no secret now that we adore Emma Leonard. She has a talent that we find awe inspiring and it has often left us speechless (which, if you know Six, is no mean feat!). Her dreamy work needs no explanation as she invokes a feeling of knowing and innate connection in every piece. This humble soul was kind enough to have a chat with us about her work.
Soul To Keep, 2011
Who are you, what do you do and what is your weapon of choice?
My name’s Emma Leonard. I am a freelance illustrator who usually draws girls with sad eyes. My weapons of choice are pencils (5h, 25, h, hb, 2b & 4b, to be specific!), a kneadable eraser and my new Wacom drawing tablet (I don’t know how I lived without it for so long!!).
Girl Reading, 2010
Where do you get inspiration for your craft?
Pretty much everywhere! I look at so many blogs like, Where the Lovely Things Are, All the Mountains and The Design Files, read magazines (Lula, Frankie, Uppercase) and books on illustration and I also really like going to the Melbourne museum. I always walk out of there on inspiration overload.
A Perfect Mess, 2010
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in life thus far?
Try to be brave and don’t be afraid to take risks. If you’re unhappy with your life, just change it and have a go at doing what you want. That’s what I did and I haven’t looked back since. I’m not saying it’s always easy, but it has always felt worthwhile.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
I’ve never even left the country, so I can’t say for sure, but I think I would like to live in New York City for a little bit (even though it’s a total cliche…).
If you could be a cereal, what would you be?
Cocoa Pops. They are by far the best but I never eat them because they make me feel like my teeth might fall out…
What are 6 things people don’t know about you?
One of my ears is smaller than the other.
My favorite animal is a crocodile.
I really wish I was good at painting with oils, but I suck at it.
I eat chocolate every single day except for when I give it up from New Year’s day to Easter every year.
I hate beetroot so much that I tell people I am allergic to it, just so they cannot force me to try it.
I am 27 years old and I don’t have a driver’s license, because I am too afraid to drive a car.