Returning to our (hopefully) very regular illustrator sketchbook feature post, we find ourselves amongst the paint-scratched Moleskine pages of Emma Kidd. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Emma uses a mixture of gouache (when she has access to water and a decent sitting space) and/or Aquarelle pencils, pencil and ink to create her intriguing work.
Emma is inspired by ‘watching perhaps too much strange 70s kids TV, or being allowed to watch “Tommy” a million times as a child or nature documentaries (Sir David Attenborough’s are the best), having a strange imagination, not really having grown up‘.
I noticed that Emma was involved in an interesting sketchbook exchange system whereby a group is set up on Flickr or similar that groups a set of keen sketchbook illustrators. An artist will feverishly fill in a page of a Moleskine book with art before posting the book on to the next person in the group. Within a matter of time everyone in the group will receive their book filled with a selection of awesome art from all the other artists. I think this is a great idea, particularly in bringing the creativity of various artists together physically.
Emma’s work often extends outside of her sketchbooks, with her art evolving into more of an illustrative style than that associated with ‘fine art’. ‘It
suits me more i think‘.
Emma is currently working on getting organised for a show at ‘Cranky Yellow‘ called ‘Meth & Hot Dogs’. I’m getting excited about my work being in a show about Ern Malley (a fictive poet created during WWII in Australia in an elaborate hoax) at the Heide Museum in Victoria (Australia). I have also done an initial sketch for the open brief for Amelia’s Illustration Anthology. I also have some Moleskines sitting on my desk that I need to do and send off to the next exchanger.
Thanks and good luck Emma!