I’m Emily MacKenzie, an award winning author-illustrator based in Edinburgh.
I grew up in rural Northumberland in the North East of England. My childhood was spent looking for rabbits and hedgehogs in the forest near my home, building dens, climbing trees and making a colourful painty mess as much as possible.
I moved to Scotland in 2001 to study Graphic Design at Edinburgh College of Art and worked as a designer for several years. In 2011 I went freelance to concentrate on illustration projects and pursue my dream of illustrating children’s books.
My work is very much influenced by my childhood, as well as using observations of everyday scenarios and documenting things my children get up to in my sketchbook as fuel to spark new character and story ideas.
I love working with a mix of materials including watercolour inks, coloured pencil, brush pens and crayons, and enjoy screen printing when I can.