About

Hello, I am a freelance illustrator living and working in London with a studio in Hackney Downs. I’ve lived on a Dutch barge on the Thames for six years and this has provided a community in the city and lots of inspiration.

I illustrate books for children and teens, draw at events, make maps and travel with my sketchbook. My work focuses on bringing subjects to life. Utilising the medium of ink, charcoal and pencil I create drawing that capture movement and purpose through free, fast mark—making.

For the last few years I’ve been working with publishers Barrington Stoke on several exciting book projects, illustrating stories for mainly a teenage audience. Beyond the publication of these books I have had the chance to travel to schools and festivals – including Hay and Edinburgh Book Festival – putting on storytelling events, live drawing and creative workshops for all ages.

If you have a project you’d like to talk about please get in touch.

emmashoard@gmail.com | (+44) 7963214850

Selected clients : AEG Live, Arup, Barrington Stoke, Boneshaker, Book Aid, Daunt Books, Dojo, Encounter, Hansen & Lydersen, Mission, Noodoll, Oakley, Penguin Random House, The Ride Journal, RSA, Scoop Magazine, Steve Edge Design, Timebased Events, UEFA, Water Aid