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!
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.”