Hi. I'm Emily. I'm an illustratoR.

Photo by Claudia Sherman

Photo by Claudia Sherman

I live in a small house in Grand Rapids, Michigan with my partner, Collin. Our home is filled with antiques, plants, trinkets, and lots of quirky charm. When I'm not drawing, you can find me metalworking (I'm an amateur jeweler), cooking, tending to my gardens, or exploring the wilderness both near and far.

When I am creating, I enjoy the physical connection that comes with drawing and painting traditionally vs. digitally. I’m fluent in a wide variety of mediums, but my pens and markers get most of my attention. I'm inspired by science, nature’s mysteries, and the relationship between humans and the environment. My observations while traveling and adventuring the outdoors move my work and drive me to portray both the realistic and imaginary aspects of my illustrations.

To check out my artistic process or get a closer peek, follow me on Instagram:

@bladesofgold

For freelance & commission requests, inquiries to purchase original artwork, or questions,  feel free to contact me by e-mail:

emilyluyk@gmail.com

Check out my shop page or find my work on Etsy:

www.etsy.com/shop/emilyluykart

PUBLICATIONS

Creative Quarterly 53 The Journal of Art & Design Magazine 2019

Creative Quarterly 53 The Journal of Art & Design Online Gallery 2019

Creative Quarterly 50 The Journal of Art & Design Online Gallery 2018

Myth Education  by David Fletcher Book 2017

exhibitions / galleries

Present:

Lions & Rabbits Gallery Grand Rapids, MI

The Greenwell Gastro Pub Grand Rapids, MI

2018:

KCAD’s 90th Annual Student Exhibition Kendall College of Art & Design Grand Rapids, MI

2017:

Art Bazaar Foremost Barbershop Grand Rapids, MI

First Fridays Avenue for the Arts Grand Rapids, MI

2014:                         

Con Artist Crew Group Show The Meanwhile Grand Rapids, MI  

2013:     

Nightmare on Wealthy Street The Meanwhile Grand Rapids, MI    

Con Artist Crew Group Show 1111 Godfrey Gallery Grand Rapids, MI 

2012:

First Fridays Avenue for the Arts Grand Rapids, MI

Con Artist Crew Group Show 1111 Godfrey Gallery Grand Rapids, MI