Erica Emond, Illustration

Erica Emond

Meet a 2021/2022 Student Group Leader:

“Hi everyone!  My name is Erica Lee Emond (she/her) and I’m a first-year Illustration major!

Kylie Robson and I lead the student group Lucky Duck Press, our café-idea-turned-reality. We wanted to create a safe, fun space to share resources, host workshops, and to present print and collaboration opportunities for students and alumni. We have been blessed to have so much interest and are excited to launch our first workshop, a re-illustration of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak!

My work is an outlet for my life experience and emotions as well as some fun doodles here and there. Often, I can be found curled up in a blanket making some cozy illustrations in my PJ’s, sipping on Bubly and listening to podcasts. I love using both analog media like acrylic gouache, pencil crayons and acrylic paint pens, as well as creating digital art using Procreate on my iPad. As I am improving my artistic skills, I’m also finding ways to develop my storytelling ability! Being a children’s book and product illustrator in the future has been a long-time goal of mine. Paired with my dream of becoming a full-time freelance illustrator, I should have plenty of time to continue my PJ and podcast-listening endeavours!

During the pandemic, my artistic practice has become rather isolated due to my moving to a new city and having limited opportunities to work alongside others. In the future, I’d hope to get out more and collaborate with other illustrators, as well as have the opportunity to fully mingle and laugh seeing the faces of my peers, enjoying the ups and downs of our individual processes and learning from each other!

“You Are My Home” a Valentine’s Day card. On the front a small house sits in a field with berry bushes and a stone pathway leading up to it. There is smoke with hearts rising from the houses chimney and text at the bottom saying, “you are my home”. On the back, a 4x24 grid of the word home repeated and the smoke with the hearts continues on the back, from the front.

“You Are My Home” a Valentine’s Day card. On the front a small house sits in a field with berry bushes and a stone pathway leading up to it. There is smoke with hearts rising from the houses chimney and text at the bottom saying, “you are my home”. On the back, a 4×24 grid of the word home repeated and the smoke with the hearts continues on the back, from the front.

“Festive Feline”. A girl in a corduroy dress stands holding her cat Infront of a shop window. The ground is full of snow. In the shop, a toy train and gingerbread men are floating around a Christmas tree with bookshelves in the background. Lights are drawn strung across the top of the piece.

“Festive Feline”. A girl in a corduroy dress stands holding her cat Infront of a shop window. The ground is full of snow. In the shop, a toy train and gingerbread men are floating around a Christmas tree with bookshelves in the background. Lights are drawn strung across the top of the piece.

A girl cries with visible tears running down her cheeks, contributing to the sweater of raindrops that she is wearing. The words above her head read “eat it all” in reference to the cake that rests in a box outlined in the same colour as the text. On the bottom and right side, there are childlike drawings of cutlery and plates with a rose pattern on them, a fork is missing from the cutlery, the girl grips it in her hand. A cake slice rests in the middle right. Above that there is also an empty cake platter and then a pitcher surrounded by five patterned cups in the top right. On the left, there is a large knife covered in cake and three halved lemons with a handheld traditional juicer.

“Eat it All”. A girl cries with visible tears running down her cheeks, contributing to the sweater of raindrops that she is wearing. The words above her head read “eat it all” in reference to the cake that rests in a box outlined in the same colour as the text. On the bottom and right side, there are childlike drawings of cutlery and plates with a rose pattern on them, a fork is missing from the cutlery, the girl grips it in her hand. A cake slice rests in the middle right. Above that there is also an empty cake platter and then a pitcher surrounded by five patterned cups in the top right. On the left, there is a large knife covered in cake and three halved lemons with a handheld traditional juicer.

The future is both a scary and exciting aspect of life for me but ultimately, I am such a “go with the flow” person. Wherever I end up, whatever I’m doing, I know I’ll be happy because I won’t settle for less than that. Ideally, I will be doing art full-time but sometimes things happen however, art will forever be a part of my life.”