I'm Emily, the artist behind Miss Magpie Designs. I have been drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil and am very passionate about my work and the field of art as a whole. I studied both Art and History of Art at A level as well as achieving a City and Guilds certificate in Life Drawing. I went on to study for a year at the Arts University of Bournemouth, earning a Higher National Certificate in Costume Design. I have over two years experience in pet portraiture and during that time, I have gradually built upon the skills I learnt during my education and have fine-tuned my drawing techniques. I have developed new skills with each piece of work I have done and much of the way I work now is self-taught.
I started producing pet portraits in 2012 and since then have been fortunate enough to have worked on many commissions, ranging from chihuahuas to German shepherds as well as some beautiful cats, horses and rabbits. I live with two cats who usually get very jealous when I am working on portraits of other animals! I love the range of animals I am asked to draw although I have yet to be commissioned to draw a lizard or snake and I think that would be a lot of fun! My work isn't limited to pet portraiture; in 2012 I designed a Christmas card for the Royal Surrey County Hospital maternity unit, and these were given to all the parents who had babies born on Christmas day. In 2014 I created a collection of bird drawings which were used as table settings at a wedding reception. I am also planning a series of pieces inspired by birds of prey.
When I'm not busy at the drawing board, I will most likely be found with my nose in a book or bird watching. I have a keen interest in nature and currently volunteer once a week at the RSPB Pulborough Brooks reserve. I also write a blog which focuses on my artwork and my love of wildlife.
In August 2014, Miss Magpie Designs was featured in the Horsham and Mid Sussex edition of Etc. magazine. You can download a PDF of the article here