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VALERIAN

Welcome to Valerian

This website is the creative home of Gloucestershire based Illustrator Emma Leyfield.

WORKSHOPS

Workshops are a chance to share my world as an artist and meet like minded creatives. I teach a variety of classes around Gloucestershire in both drawing and watercolours, either as weekly classes or one off workshops. Have a look at what's on at the moment.

COMMISSIONS OPEN

I am happy to accept commissions, either as personal artwork or for your company. Watercolour illustrations are equally eye catching on display in your home, or in digitised form, perfect for you menu, magazine, or book cover.

I am always looking for my next project, please don't hesitate to get in touch about your idea.

GET IN TOUCH

If you have any questions or would like to talk to me about my work, please use the contact form below.

NEWS

KEEPING A TEA DIARY: A&I MAGAZINE

KEEPING A TEA DIARY: A&I MAGAZINE

You can now read my top tips for keeping an achievable, regular sketchbook in Artists and Illustrators magazine! Have a look at the February edition via the Artists & Illustrators website or purchase in person from a local stockist!

10 INSPIRATIONAL ARTISTS' BOOKS I'D RECOMMEND

10 INSPIRATIONAL ARTISTS' BOOKS I'D RECOMMEND

1. Looking at London by Ronald Searle and Kaye west A gorgeous record of London's history and the people living there at this time. Searle is most famous as a cartoonist and graphic artist, but it's his reportage illustration and its simplicity of capturing life on a page that most attracts me. Go to my Blog to read more!

PORTFOLIO

My portfolio is constantly growing with sketches and illustrations, inspired by all areas of my work. This selection contains recent work ranging from life drawings to watercolours, but there's plenty more where these came from! Please get in touch if you'd like to see more examples of anything in particular.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

I'm passionate about the importance of learning traditional methods of drawing, which are now being lost as modern art becomes prevalent in illustration and digital mediums are more widely used. This is visible in my work, which is inspired by the illustrations I so loved in my childhood. I'm currently pursuing the aspiration I held then, of working full time as a children's picture book illustrator, from my studio in Nailsworth.

In my spare time, I nurture a quiet but enduring love of reading, a delight in gardening, as well as British wildlife, and a fascination with historical dress.

AUTUMN HEDGEROWS

AUTUMN HEDGEROWS

Demo for Autumn Leaves in Watercolour

THE DENTIST

THE DENTIST

An extract from a sketchbook

THE FLEECE

THE FLEECE

An extract from a sketchbook

COCKTAILS

COCKTAILS

Line and Watercolour Wash

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Ms Emma Leyfield currently trading as 'Valerian'. The copyright to all images and graphics used within this website are owned by Valerian, or Valerian has sought the appropriate permissions to use them.

Trademark number: UK00003464494

April Cottage, Kilcott Road, Hillesley, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, GL12 7RJ