As a continuation of our mission of integrating & promoting the arts, The Charm City Craft Mafia was thrilled to work this past semester with Professor Danamarie Hosler and a group of her MICA Illustration students to create a unique poster design to advertise our summer show, Pile of Craft.
The CCCM is so pleased to introduce you to Emma Patrick and the chosen Pile of Craft poster designer!
Emma Patrick, http://www.emma-patrick.com
“I’ve been drawing my whole life, and spent a number of years teaching myself everything I could about digital art. After high school, I crossed the country to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art, where I’m currently wrapping up my final semester for my BFA in Illustration.
My work is very much inspired by the natural world, and tends to revolve around fantasy, imagination, and dreams. I love everything about art, and although I work primarily digitally, I’ve dabbled in all kinds of different media. Besides art, however, my hobbies include games, archery, and learning to lucid dream.”
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I’m originally from California. It’s funny because most of the colleges I applied to were also in California, but then I ended up coming all the way to Maryland for MICA. I certainly don’t regret it, though! I’m graduating this semester, which is as nerve-wracking as one would expect. I’m keeping my plans pretty open right now, but the current plan is to go back to California and try to get a job or an internship for the summer, while promoting my artwork online and offline.
What is your major – and how did you decide on your major?
I’m an Illustration major. The story of how I became an illustration major is a bit silly, actually. In high school I was interested in lots of different kinds of art, but what I didn’t realize is that all those kinds of art fell under the term “illustration”. Basically, I always wanted to go into illustration, but I didn’t know what it was called! It worked out all right though since MICA doesn’t make you choose a major until sophomore year, so once I found out that illustration was the name of what I was going for, I was able to declare it with no issue.
Tell us about your Pile of Craft poster design.
I was really drawn to the summer and nature themes that came up in the design criteria, so I decided to use the colors of a summer sunset and create some plant motifs to be used throughout. I also decided to add a cityscape, since the setting of Baltimore is so important to the show and the Charm City Craft Mafia. From there, I tried to give the poster a very hand-crafted feel. I used painterly brushes for the blue vignette, gave the city a paper crafted look, and of course, turned the sun into a button. For the hand lettering, I was specifically inspired by chalkboard lettering, which I used to tie the whole thing together.
What methods do you use in your work?
I work primarily digitally. Something about digital art has always intrigued me— even when I was little I used drawing programs like Appleworks 6 and Kid Pix, and drew with my mouse. These days I’ve got a Wacom tablet that I draw with in Photoshop, and I have a number of brushes and textures I can use to give my work a painterly look. That said, I do still work with traditional media, but that tends to be art I make for relaxation or practice.
What have been some of your favorite projects to work on to date?
I’m pretty excited about my thesis from this semester. I’ve always wanted to illustrate landscapes and environments, but it wasn’t my strongest suit for the longest time. This semester I decided to buckle down and really try my hand at it. I’ve definitely learned a lot, and I feel like my art has improved quite a bit by trying to work with something that was outside my comfort zone.
What are some of your favorite themes or subjects to illustrate?
I really enjoy working with fantastical, colorful themes of all kinds. As far as specific subjects, I like illustrating people, skies, landscapes, all kinds of nature and plant life, and space and nebulas. One of my teachers once said, “You seem to really love to paint things that glow,” and I think that sums it up pretty well! Of course, I am always looking to expand my horizons as well.
If you had to list some dream clients and projects, who and what would they be?
This is a tough question for me, actually. I still feel like I’m trying to find the exact niche that I enjoy illustrating for the most. I really enjoyed making the poster for the CCCM, and I could see myself making art for book covers, magazines, games, and more. I think I need to try a few things before I aim for a specific dream job or client.
Where/what/who do you look (at) for inspiration?
I get inspiration from practically everywhere! I look at the work of a lot of artists online, especially photographers and digital illustrators. But I also really love art history, so I will also draw inspiration from artists of the past. I really enjoy going to various museums to see all kinds of art. Even if the artwork looks nothing like mine, I can usually find something to inspire me.
How can we see more of your work or find our about your upcoming projects?
The main place to find me is at my website. (http://www.emma-patrick.com) I’m starting up a blog there where I’ll be sharing any important announcements. I plan to open at least a few social media accounts in the future, and when I do I’ll post about it there, too.