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Emily Carew Woodard

Emily Carew Woodard's Photo - International Anthropomorphic fairytale illustrator. London

When it comes to imagery with a distinctive Victorian vibe, Emily Carew Woodard is your go-to illustrator. She loves sepia tones, vintage paper textures and animals in waistcoats. Her inspiration comes from Edward Gorey’s poems, and the great Victorian illustrators Sir John Tenniel and Arthur Rackham.
Brought up in Cornwall, Emily is based in London. She’s fascinated by the history of the city, believes in ghosts, and claims to be a direct descendent of Henry V. One of her dream projects was to provide artwork and costume designs for Opera San Antonio’s production of Fantastic Mr Fox, based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl. She not only worked with the project’s artistic director, Tobias Picker, but also conferred with Roald Dahl’s widow, Liccy. Having grown up reading the author’s work, it’s a project she relished from start to finish. Emily has a BA in Illustration from the London College of Communication.

Approach

Emily uses coloured papers, working with ink, watercolour, acrylics and gouache. She’ll often add a bit of gold or silver leaf to bring a bit of depth to a composition.

Style

Her style harks back to Victorian and Edwardian illustration, with anthropomorphic scenes where richly detailed animal characters take on human roles. Romantic ideals and fantastical histories underpin the worlds she creates.

Client list

Emily’s clients include Opera San Antonio, Hitachi, John Lewis, The Guardian, The Times, The National Trust, Random House and McGraw Hill.
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The Many Complaints of Elephants
An exhibition of Emily Carew Woodard's recent paintings captures her unique view of the world.
The Many Complaints of Elephants
Dress Code at Christmas
Emily Carew Woodard designs the Birley Clubs' Festive card.
Dress Code at Christmas
Vogue List
Emily Carew Woodard's art makes its way into this month's Vogue UK.
Vogue List
Annabel's Club
Annabel's nightclub commission Emily Carew Woodard to design their magazine front cover.
Annabel's Club
150 Years of Alice
Emily Carew Woodard works on the 'Wonderland' project and paints thirteen Alice in Wonderland scenes.
150 Years of Alice
Fantastic Mr Fox at the Opera
Fantastic Mr Fox at the Opera
John Lewis Drawing Competition
John Lewis Drawing Competition