EMILY M HUGHES

I waste my time and doodle mostly

Blog Tour!

 
Hello!

I have been the absolute worst with social media. Been working lots regardless- now you just have to pay to see it. 


Ha, just playin, but I will be a bit better- If you have a facebook, I’m much more posty and accessible there (HERE) everywhere. Tumblr’s a whole other story of laziness, I’ll try and post here too.


ANYWHO,

 on to more exciting things- the amazing illustrator extraordinaire, Chuck Groenink/Angel who hooked me up with amazing agent, Stephen B at Writer’s house- has picked me to participate in this blog tour! Very exciting to do questionnaires and look into everyone’s methods- miss that when out of art uni!

More importantly you need to check out Chuck’s beautiful work here. Seriously beautiful.

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1. What am I currently working on?
I am at this very moment I’m working on a book called The Little Gardener with 
Flying Eye Books (who I did Wild with). As I did with Wild, this is my little story as well- so it has been a very intense and focused project!

I am also working on a book with Abrams called Brilliant and with Walker Books called A Brave Bear. I was at first a bit nervous about interpreting a project that already had text- but I’m enjoying the creative process of spinning someone’s words and ideas into images of my own. It’s a union of two artists (we’ll see if I feel so positive and poetic when I get deeper in), so pretty neat so far!




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2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
This is hard to say, as I’m still very green. Being original is not an original process- absorbing everything you find engaging and beautiful is important. You get the things you love, mash it around, and make something that is fresh and new. God that sounds so children’s book illustrator. As if finding style is as easily explained as guacamole. It just happens, I have no idea.

3. Why do I write what I write?

I write what I write because explaining something in 32 pages for a child helps instil lessons I want to better understand and practice myself.


4. How does my individual writing/illustrating process work?

Some people work better with order, some work better with chaos. I am sadly the latter. So it’s semi a process, semi praying that it’ll come out.


Step 1. Starts with a doodle- if I draw something of interest it becomes a recurring motif in my sketchbook. This evolves into a character, then a story. 


Step 2. Figuring out the story- this is a crazy self loathing time, and I’m never sure. Not much drawing at this stage, just trying to figure out the main message to get across in the undercurrents of everything I want to say.

Step 3. Storyboarding- This for me is the REAL effort- at least for me who has an Illustration degree- not an English one. With limited amount of pages and (for me) words, it’s almost like writing poetry. Drawings and pages set the pace, and it takes a while to get it right and make it all fit.

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Step 4. Drawing! Loads and loads of sketching to get acquainted with a character. I think this is a long process to coax me into doing the finals which always freaks me out

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Step 5. Finished pieces (with LOADS of editing and reviewing). Can’t show you here sadly, but in a few months you’ll see the fruits of this process ;)

5. Who are the two author/illustrators that you are passing the interview to?
I’m going to pass to two ultimate, very refreshing book makers, Ben and Liam! I feel very lucky to be working with such talent for Flying Eye Books- both bringing such a cool new vibe to Children’s books!
Werewolves of Brighton!

Werewolves of Brighton!

Charlie Boyo

Charlie Boyo

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