One of my favourite pastimes is seeking out new illustrators online, there's nothing quite like stumbling across something that's just your cup of tea. I'm a big fan of Emily Martin's blog (The Black Apple) and her whimsical paintings. Her bandit children, freak-show performers and melancholic woodland creatures have a curiously cute and gothic old-world charm. There is a story within each of the deceivingly simple compositions of Emily's paintings and I find myself daydreaming about the origins and lives of her subjects. Here is just a small sample of what she has on offer in her etsy shop:
Emily has also just published a book based on a series of her paintings titled Oddfellow's Orphanage. The book chronicles the experiences of Delia, a new arrival at an orphanage inhabited by some very unusual children including an onion-headed boy and a tattooed girl.
At this orphanage of the odd and abandoned, Delia discovers the joys of Cryptozoology, Fairy Tale Studies and a sea monster-sighting field trip! Visit the Oddfellow's website for a glimpse into Emily's world of the endearingly weird and magical! x