Emma Rose Paterson
Location: Wales Web: www.eroseon.deviantart.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org MEDIA: Photoshop, pencils, charcoal
Emma grew up painfully shy, she says, but found her happy space in drawing. She taught herself the basics, and then became serious about improving her skills when she discovered digital painting.
“I believe fantasy can teach us a lot about reality,” says Emma. “I love characters because they enable us to step outside ourselves and become immersed in experiences totally different from our own.”
The artist takes her inspiration from fashion, anthropology and the work of Justin Sweet. She says she always aims to create characters who look like they have a life outside the picture frame.
1 I Disintegrate “We grew up in a cacophony of media input. We lived through screens, blindly broadcasting our ‘selves’ into an anonymous web. One day a girl fell in love with digital paint. It’s the stuff of sci-fi!”
2 Rose Quarter “I tried to create a sense of non-violent confrontation – and the scent of incense. I’ve been experimenting with huge brushstrokes and suggested detail, balanced with small areas of tight rendering. I imagine sounds of the street floating in through the window and a harp playing nearby.”
Sky Above, Voice Within
“I began this when I first heard the music from Skyrim. We had just moved into a tiny flat and painting this enabled me to escape to somewhere nicer. She’s approaching a sacred part of the forest and I wanted to evoke the light of stained-glass windows in the canopy.”
Numb “This was for a competition to depict Lara Croft on her first adventure. I was interested in the emotional element of a young person thrown into an intense survival situation where she’s forced to kill. Would she become numb to it after weeks of struggling to survive and escape?”