Hello and welcome, I’m Emma. I’m an freelance illustrator and artist living in Pittsburgh, PA.
I’ve made illustrations for magazines, roleplaying games, books and psychological tests. In my personal work I enjoy exploring storytelling, folklore, magical and natural themes, often blending them into my own fantastical worlds.
In subject matter I specialize in fantastical flora and fauna, though I also love to create mock-ancient manuscripts and artifacts.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where can I buy your art?
Originals and Limited Edition items are available at shop.emmalazauski.com.
Open edition Giclées are available from my INPRNT shop.
To commission custom artwork or inquire after paintings still in progress, email me at email@example.com.
Can I use your artwork for my project?
I offer licensing contracts for the use of available existing art, and you can commission me for custom artwork unique to your project. Please email me to discuss the details and get a quote. If you are in a hurry and on a tight deadline please make me aware of your time table up front!
Do you create graphic design work? I heard about a logo/pin/book layout you made.
Yes, I focus on logos with a hand-drawn look and hand lettering that take advantage of my dual drawing and design skill set, and print layout is a service I am willing add to my illustration commissions if needed (please discuss this when requesting a quote). My professional graphic design background was as a print designer where I created professional magazine and book layouts, advertising, stationary, and other work. As with other business inquiries, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I get a tattoo of your art?
Yes you can! (Though I cannot give permission for tattoos of IP I don’t own the rights to – please contact me if you want to make sure the design isn’t owned by a client who might get upset at you themselves.)
Tattoos are the only use of my art that I do not charge a fee for (although thank-you tips are appreciated through PayPal or Ko-Fi!), and I would love to see a photo of the finished piece. I do respect your privacy and I will not reshare your personal photos without your direct permission!
Tattoo shops may not use or display my work as flash without first arranging for a license, but if a customer is the one who brings the art to you because they saw it outside your business, that tattoo has my blessing.
If you would like me to create custom artwork for your tattoo, please email me at email@example.com to discuss commissioning the design.
What materials and programs do you use?
I prefer watercolors and inks for painting, though I also occasionally color my work digitally with Clip Studio Paint EX, Krita, Photoshop and other painting programs. For drawings I use felt liner pens (such as Microns), and brushes with ink. For sketching I use mechanical pencils, colored markers, ballpoint pens — basically whatever comes to hand at the time. Sketching in a variety of materials keeps it interesting for me!
How did you start drawing?
I grew up in the woods in the middle of nowhere, we had terrible TV reception, no cable, few other people my age around, and parents who shunned video games. Internet access was limited. I liked reading but couldn’t make it to the library very often. Making things and using my imagination was how I entertained myself.
Who are your artistic influences?
There are so many, but here are a few! My very earliest artistic influence that I remember was a pop-up book edition of Alan Lee and Brian Froud’s wonderful Faeries book. Beyond that I love the work of Guillermo del Toro, Beatrix Potter, John James Audubon, Nico Marlet, John Howe, Peter De’Sève, and many more.
Do you have any non-art hobbies?
I play games with my friends (tabletop RPGs such as D&D, Eclipse Phase, Pathfinder, and FATE are popular with us). I also enjoy writing, books, learning about almost any subject, reading, movies, hiking, cooking, and tea.
This page is a perpetual work in progress. If you can’t find your answer here, email me!