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This website is the creative home of Gloucestershire based Illustrator and Sketchbook artist Emma Leyfield (Hello!). 


While workshop bookings and shop items are now live and functional, the new site is still under construction in places. If you have any questions, please get in touch using the contact page below. 



What's new? To me it feels to me like everything is. There's a shift in the air that promises spring, the first intrepid snowdrops confirm my suspicion. My partner tells me that the 1st February is an old Saint's Day, heralding the earliest turning point, midway between the winter solstice and spring equinox. I'm not surprised, something in me already knows this.


An air of haste is new to me too. I'm flying on the edge of my seat - mostly that is the seat of a train - and it feels so very different to when I started up my business during spring of 2020, which was of course the longest and quietest time. To balance it all out a little bit, I'm rerunning a few old classes along side the new. I'm also settling into a new working routine, at the studio just on Mondays and Fridays. I'm trusting that those lazy days of warmth, strawberries, and humming bees will be here soon.

New: May in the Garden -  The perfect gift for Mother's Day!

Nothing to book right now. Check back soon.
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The English Garden Magazine Continued!

For the last 12 Months I've been illustrating a regular column for Garden Writer Jim Cable in The English Garden Magazine. I'm delighted to share that this has now been renewed for another year and will be published in the USA as well as the UK.


January Colours Sketchbook Catch-up 2024

12th January - Colours, Windows, and cosy sketchbookery! Monthly drop -in sessions to keep your sketchbook up year round start 1:30 - 4:30pm, Pegasus Art Shop, Stroud - Simple materials, tea, coffee and cake provided!  

£40/session or £105 for three.

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What's going on with my MA Children's book Illustration course?

I'm now 1/5th through my MA and amazed by the way my work and understanding is already changing. The first term focused on observational drawing and experimental materials so I spent much time with my sketchbook on very cold benches

Upcoming Workshops


Studio 9, Three Storeys, Old Bristol Road, Nailsworth, GL60JE


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