Massachusetts native Emily Cromwell is the most recent addition to Painted Planet's family of artists. Having recently graduated with a BA in Studio Art and an emphasis in Illustration, she eagerly dove headfirst into her art career. In addition to licensing, Emily's bright and happy designs have found success in children's books, freelance illustration and hand-lettering. Her artwork is available for a wide variety of categories including fabric, greeting cards, calendars, stationery, paper products, children's products, apparel and more.
I always say that my style is colorful, whimsical, and happy. I’m often approached by people telling me that my artwork makes them feel joyful and really happy inside, which is what I aim for when creating all of my designs!
What medium(s) do you enjoy working with?
My favorite medium is using my drawing tablet and creating on the computer with my digital brushes. I do sketch out every design on paper, but there’s just something about bringing the design to life with bold color on the computer that I just can’t get enough of!
What is your earliest memory of being inspired to create art?
As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been creating art. At age three I was finger painting and that evolved into drawing in sketchbooks daily. I remember that whenever I ran out of art supplies, I would get a bucket of water and bring my paint brush outside and I would draw with the wet brush on the sidewalk in front of our house. I always had to be creating, no matter what! I would always find a way.
What do you draw inspiration from? Which artists inspire you?
I am really inspired by the world around me. Nature, flowers, cute animals and anything colorful. I have always been immensely inspired by Kelly Rae Roberts, I love her work and the way she incorporates positive and uplifting phrases. Another inspiration is Chris Vans Allsburg, who is insanely talented! I was awed by his beautiful illustrations in The Polar Express. Rachael Taylor is also another huge inspiration to me because I’m really drawn to the color and whimsy in her work.
Do you have an art education or are you a self-taught?
I have my BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Illustration. I expanded on my drawing skills and painting skills in college, but the school I had attended didn’t offer any digital illustration courses so I actually taught myself to create all of the color and digital artwork that I create today.
I wrote and illustrated a children’s book that is very special to me and I have yet to publish, but am in the process of trying to get it out there. I wrote it about a particular struggle that I dealt with (and a lot of kids deal with) growing up, and it’s one of those books that I just know is going to help people, I just have to get it out there.
Describe your studio.
My studio is a beautiful white and spacious room with art that I’ve illustrated on every wall. I have a big white desk that sits in the middle and I have fairy lights lining the top of my desk as well as a strand of lantern lights across my ceiling. The strings of lights give off a magical, whimsical feeling and they bring me so much comfort so my studio is full of them!
Do you work in silence or with music? If music, what kind?
Oh I definitely always have music on when I’m creating, I can’t illustrate without it! I really like all kinds of music so one day I could have some trendy pop music playing and another day I could have some Deep South country on. I love it all!
My number one goal has been for a long time to create a handful of artwork collections to be licensed on a wide variety of products such as home décor, apparel and gifts. I’m really excited to move in that direction!
What is your dream project?
An upbeat and encouraging greeting card set for those going through a difficult time. It’s my dream to make a difference for anyone who is going through any type of struggle.
What is your favorite color?
If you were not an artist what would you do?
Hmmm…I always wanted to be a vet! I love animals.
What are your hobbies (besides art)?
Going on walks and road trips, trying out new adventures, and being a cat mom (does that count?)