Emile The Illustrator

Emile The Illustrator

Illustrator/animator/graphic artist.Japan
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Emile The Illustrator

Emile The Illustrator

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.
  • 5 designer truths they don't want you to know!
    5 designer truths they don't want you to know!
  • Lucky
    LuckyLucky cat inspired animated type. Gif sticker can be found on giphy. Search @emile
  • Cotton Snapchat ads
    Cotton Snapchat adsI illustrated, animated and edited these ads for Cotton. Agency DDB NY
  • What does La Quinta Mean?
    What does La Quinta Mean?Series of animations for various La Quinta social media posts
  • Daruma IPA
    Daruma IPAWhen Gus asked me what Yokai I'd like to draw next for his next beer (an IPA), I replied in about 1 second Daruma. I love Daruma. It also helped that a Daruma doll isn't too far off shape and size of a can, so it seemed fitting for a slight deviation in design from the main set of New Hokkaido cans, to allow for a Daruma-doll-can. Set a goal and colour in the other eye when done. Don't burn it though, just recycle it. Always recycle. In fact, make recycling your goal. Design by the talented Sal
  • So You Want to Work Abroad
    So You Want to Work AbroadI was briefed to create the cover art for a new podcast by Cole Haan x NYT T-Brand. I was then asked if it would be possible to animate the logo - so I did. The other part of the job was to create the background art for each episode of the podcast - six in all. Each was based on a different location and related back to the subjects discussed in each episode.
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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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