Emmeline Pidgen

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Lancashire, England

Unique illustration for picture books, covers & interiors. Book covers include 'Peter Pan' & 'What Katy Did' for Egmont Publishing.

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Overview

I'm a freelance illustrator specialising in character-based narrative illustration and book covers for children's books, young teen fiction and lifestyle non-fiction.

My work focuses on using bold tonal colour palettes, as well as a strong sense of character and decorative detailing. I primarily illustrate using ink linework with digital colouring, but also often work using watercolours or purely digital methods.

I have worked on book covers for new editions of 'Peter Pan' and 'What Katy Did' with Egmont Publishing, chapter illustrations for a teen non-fiction anxiety handbook with Jessica Kingsley Publishing, interior illustrations for University textbooks, comics for well-known publishers like IDW, as well as fully illustrating six published picture books with a selection of publishers worldwide.

I have extensive experience in working with clients and publishers, and enjoy working to a brief! You'll usually find me drawing in my sketchbook, problem-solving an exciting new project or caught up in reading a good book.

Languages
English
Fiction
Adventure
Children's Picture Books
Classics
Comics & Graphic Novels
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)
Comics (non fiction)
Entertainment
Health & wellbeing

Certifications

  • BA (Hons) Illustration Degree - University College Falmouth
  • Art & Design Foundation Degree - Plymouth College of Art & Design
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Creative Craft (Life Drawing)
  • City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Design & Craft (Life Drawing)

Awards

  • National Freelancer of the Year 2016
  • Shortlisted - Bridgeman Studio Awards 2016
  • Finalist - Corporate Social Responsibility Award (for workshops & charity) 2015
  • Finalist - Unique Blogger Of The Year 2015
  • Finalist - 15 for 15 Freelance Award 2014
  • Best Arts & Culture Blog 2014
  • Finalist - Design Week Rising Star Award 2013
  • Picture Book Gold (Mom's Choice Awards) 2012
  • Finalist - Mythic Coastline Picture Book Competition 2011

Work experience

Owner

Self-employed
January, 2011 – Present (over 7 years)

I am an award-winning illustrator creating books, book covers, advertising, graphic novels and editorial illustration from a cosy studio in North West England.

I work with a large portfolio of clients within both publishing and commercial sectors. I have exhibited internationally and in my seven years of freelance experience I've built a strong reputation for my illustration work focused on colour, character and suggested narrative.

My work with clients such as Tesco, Egmont Publishing, JKP Publishing, Octopus Group Publishing, Broadview Press, and IDW Publishing, as well as my illustration for six picture books, has seen features in the likes of The Guardian, Design Week and Creative Review; and is stocked in The Victoria and Albert museum, Waterstones and Selfridges.

I'm a passionate ambassador for freelancing and the creative industries, which led to my award of 'IPSE Freelancer of the Year' in 2016. Since then I have featured in numerous national media campaigns and conference panels talking about my work and the issues freelancers face.

On my creative industries blog I have worked with companies like Clarks, Cath Kidston, Laura Ashley, Fat Face, DFS and Cass Art to produce engaging creative projects and posts - with my 'What Emmeline Wore In October' project resulting in over 100,000 views per month.

I love working with clients on a huge range of topics - from anxiety to Ancient Egypt! I really enjoy the problem-solving aspect of design, and the joy my clients express when they see the finished product!

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Peter Pan

'Second to the right and straight on till morning.' Wendy, Michael and John are on an adventure to magical Neverland with Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up. But Neverland is also the home of Captain Hook, a dangerous pirate who's after Peter . . . Peter Pan is a classic of children's literature that still has the power to amaze, whether you are rediscovering its magic or reading it for the... read more

'Second to the right and straight on till morning.' Wendy, Michael and John are on an adventure to magical Neverland with Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up. But Neverland is also the home of Captain Hook, a dangerous pirate who's after Peter . . . Peter Pan is a classic of children's literature that still has the power to amaze, whether you are rediscovering its magic or reading it for the... read more

The Lavender Blue Dress

Aidan Moffat, Emmeline Pidgen

My Anxiety Handbook: Getting Back on Track

Sue Knowles, Bridie Gallagher, Phoebe McEwen

One More Candle

Merry Susiarjo

The Ocean Book

Noel Grammont, Nina Filipek

A storybook about the sea, with look-and-find, see-and-count elements and lovely underwater illustra....

A storybook about the sea, with look-and-find, see-and-count elements and lovely underwater illustra....

Sylvester and the New Year

No Sylvester and the New Year Read a customer review or write one .

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The Flyaway Blanket

Allan Peterkin

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