Artist Research – Emily Hughes

A well known contemporary illustrator is the Arts University Bournemouth graduate Emily Hughes. She has a fresh, quirky style and has gained a large following after her successful children’s book, ‘Wild’.

The story follows a feral girl raised by bears, which is depicted through clever composition and a playful colour palette. I love the varying depth of field and layers of different textures to build up a colourful environment that is constant throughout the book.

On her blog she writes her motivation for creating children’s books:

“Explaining something in 32 pages for a child helps instil lessons I want to better understand and practice myself.”¹

Her most recent book ‘The Little Gardener’ has more of a subtle colour palette with softer tones and less darkness in the background landscapes.

1 Hughes, E. (no date) EMILY M HUGHES. Available at: (Accessed: 13 January 2016).


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