Hello and welcome, I’m Emma. I’m an independent artist living and working in Pittsburgh, PA. In freelance I’ve made illustrations for magazines, 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.
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?
You will need my written permission for each use. 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 for hire?
Yes, I focus on drawn logos and hand lettering that take advantage of my dual drawing and design skill set, and simple layout is a service I am willing add to my illustration commissions if needed (please discuss this when requesting a quote). My professional design background was as lead graphic designer in a printing house 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.)
Tattoos are the only use of my art that I do not charge a fee for (although PayPal tips are appreciated!), and I would love to see a photo of the finished piece. I respect your privacy and I will not reshare your personal photos without your permission. Tattoo shops may not use my work as flash without first arranging for permission.
If you would like 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, Krita, Photoshop and other painting programs. When vector graphics are needed I utilize Illustrator or Inkscape. For drawings I use felt liner pens, and brushes with ink. For sketching I use mechanical pencils, colored markers, ballpoint pens — basically whatever comes to hand at the time.
How did you start drawing?
I grew up in the middle of nowhere, with bad TV reception, no cable, and parents who shunned video games. Making things and pretending was how I entertained myself. Between fueling my imagination with my library card and looking for salamanders under old logs I spent a lot of time drawing all of the crazy monsters and writing little thoughts about how they’d live.
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 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!