Featured Artist – Emory Allen
Artwork by Emory Allen
What is your earliest memory of creating art? (or drawing as a child)
As a kid, I moved around a lot, but no matter where I lived, comic book characters stayed the same. So, my earliest memory of drawing with a purpose (not just doodling with oversized crayons) was trying to mimic the drawings from my 1992 Marvel Universe trading cards (which I still have).
What type of environment do you prefer to work in? At home or in a studio? Listening to music?
My home is where I find most of my inspiration, all of my favorite things are here! My wife, my cat, my books… There’s also a lot of wonderfully old trees and parks in my neighborhood, so taking a stroll around the block can clear my head pretty quickly. I typically listen to comedy podcasts while I’m working—they mesh well with my jovial illustrations.
As a working illustrator, do you still find time to create art for yourself?
Everyday! My daily drawing project, anexquisitebeast.com, is 8 months along as of today. Each drawing is a small, quick way for me to get rid of whatever weird, random stuff is left in my head at the end of the day.
What type of artwork do you have hanging in your home?
Coming from a design background, I have a lot of screen printed posters both hanging up and in various piles around my house. They’re just waiting for a prime spot to open up on my walls!
What is your favorite way to get out of a creative block?
By working through it. Sometimes my hands know what to do and my brain has to play catch up!
If you had to describe your body of work in one word, what would that word be?
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