Emile The Illustrator

Emile The Illustrator

Kiwi Illustrator/animator/graphic artist.Japan
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Emile The Illustrator

Emile The Illustrator

Kiwi Illustrator/animator/graphic artist.Japan
About me
Emile Holmewood: an award-winning illustrator and animator, born in New Zealand and currently based in Tokyo after building an advertising and editorial reputation in London. His work has appeared in leading global publications from the New York Times to London’s Guardian/Observer, and in public spaces like Madison Square Garden. Among his advertising clients have been Apple and Bank of America. He recently illustrated the book What is Strategy: An illustrated guide to Michael Porter, with Harvard Business Review press. Emile’s background in graphic design informs his illustration work, where he enjoys the challenge of transforming complex ideas into humorous images. Select clients Apple, Bank of America, Cole Haan, Guardian/Observer, HBR, IBM, New York Times, RedBull, Seamless, Sunday Times.
  • Airship Coffee & Roaster Rebrand
    Airship Coffee & Roaster RebrandAirship Coffee, located in Bentonville, Arkansas, is not your typical coffee roaster. With four unique cafes, they approached me to breathe new life into their existing brand. Their only stipulation was that the redesign should be playful and illustration-driven. Interestingly, they approached me primarily for my illustration skills, unaware of my background as a graphic designer with experience in brand development. They needed a comprehensive brand package, including guidelines, packaging desi
  • Wired Italia: Play issue
    Wired Italia: Play issueGeeky isometric illustration for the cover of Wired Italia Full case study here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/133254917/Wired-Italia-Play-Cover
  • Emile at Work
    Emile at WorkWelcome to my morning; punching emails, stomping clocks, crashes and calls. This was a self initiated little project (2~ days!) for a talk I was giving to some uni students. Inspired by Alex Kidd, I wanted to gamify my day to make it seem more interesting. Full case study on Behance https://www.behance.net/gallery/182091307/Emile-at-Work
  • Ramen
    RamenIllustrated using Ai for iPad
  • 5 designer truths they don't want you to know!
    5 designer truths they don't want you to know!
  • Cotton Snapchat ads
    Cotton Snapchat adsI illustrated, animated and edited these ads for Cotton. Agency DDB NY
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Projects credited in
  • Fabrik Conditioner 19.06
    Fabrik Conditioner 19.06Creativity from across the Fabrik community featuring Sarah Clavelly, Hordur Sveinsson, Evgenia Chuvardina, Blood Bros, Matias Boucard, Ben Briand, Jake Clarke, Jarred, Shaun James Grant, Rachel Chu, Marcus Merten, Milica Golubović, Stefan Reiss, Tim Pope, Klementyna Stępniewska, Hirosuke Kitamura and Al Chamberlain.
  • BloodBros
    BloodBrosBloodBros. is the studio of New Zealand-born illustrator and graphic artist Emile Holmewood, who currently lives in Tokyo. Originally a graphic designer, he was once told by a studio creative director to remember he is a "graphic designer who illustrates, and not the other way around", Emile has since worked tirelessly to prove otherwise, bringing his artistic flair to everything he does. Nevertheless, Emile’s unique style is underpinned by graphic design principles, and contradiction is ce
Work history
    Illustrator & AnimatorSelf Employed
    Tokyo, JapanFreelance
    Illustration and animation for clients big (Apple, Bank of America) and small (New Hokkaido Beer, Harvard). Represented by Debut Art.
    Graphic DesignerVarious
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
    Various full-time and freelance roles as a graphic designer in Auckland NZ, and London UK.
  • Visual Arts
  • Branding
  • Print Design
  • Art Direction
  • Drawing
  • Digital
  • Silkscreen
  • Design
  • Editorial
  • Illustration
  • After Effects
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Cinema 4D
    BDes (honsMassey University
     - Wellington, New Zealand
    Judging panel for 3x3 Illustration awards3x3 - The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration
    2020: GDUSA WinnerGDUSA
    For New Hokkaido Beer
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