I'm pleased to announce that at the start of September I officially have started my freelance illustration career full-time! I'm excited to focus more energy and time into my artwork, instead of doing it in my spare time. I have some great upcoming projects both personal and client commissions, and I can't wait to share more with you all soon.
Please enjoy an image of one of my latest illustrations, "Pond Frogs".
Hey there! Did you know I recently opened my own Etsy shop this Fall? I'm selling prints, stickers, and bookmarks. I'm adding some new prints and holiday cards within the next couple of days, so be on the look out for those. Here's a link to my Etsy:
Now is a great time to order from artists and small businesses for the upcoming holiday season!
Stay well and cheer up with some art!
After a year of progress towards this project being produced, I finally am able to share my "Quiet Girls" Illustration. This illustration was made in the spring of 2019, and it has become one of my favorite illustrations in my portfolio. Here is my Artist Statement for the illustration: Inspired by Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and my previous art series Quiet Girl. Introversion is a type of personality temperament in which there is a preference for solitude and minimally stimulating environments. Only about a third to half of our population are introverts. This piece explores the concept of introversion through connotative terms and features notable female introverts such as J.K. Rowling, Misty Copeland, Audrey Hepburn, and Eleanor Roosevelt. The eight women are supporting my character simply called “Quiet Girl” and helping her embrace her introversion. “Quiet Girl”, is a reflection on myself and how I think and feel as an introvert. While the character is based on my own experience, but also has more universal features; so that the viewer may better understand or even empathize with the subject. The background includes terms that have negative connotations in black and positive terms in color. The purpose of this piece is to help raise awareness of introversion is, and allow female introverts to feel empowered and self-affirmed.
You may find the illustration here: https://www.girlmuseum.org/project/heroines-vi/
I had the pleasure of recently working on a picture book illustration for a client for the purpose of a Christmas gift for their husband. The book, set in Italy, reflects on their year together featuring characters that parallel themselves and friends. This was a really fun project to collaborate on and I'm excited to finally be able to share the final illustrations. Check them out on my portfolio page (below is the cover illustration).
Hey everyone! I've switched my art sales platform from Society6 to Fine Art America! I prefer the product selection and set-up process. There are a cool variety of product options, in addition to prints. Checkout my profile/shop page: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/emmalene-oysti
Hey Everyone! I'm currently featured in an online exhibit, "Illustrated Girls", for the Girl Museum. Here is my artist statement for the piece Feminine Characters, Books, Readers:
In Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice she writes, “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like
reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! -- When I have a house of my
own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” I easily relate to Austen’s words and
feel that they express a person’s love of reading. Since I was a little girl I’ve had a passion for
reading, books, and art, which led me my career and interest in book illustration. According to
data from a study done by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics global databases, “young women
accounted for 59 per cent of the total illiterate youth population”. This work represents some of
the influential female characters and encourages young girls to read.
Check it out here: https://www.girlmuseum.org/project/illustrated-girls/
My second piece for Girl Museum will be featured in another exhibit in Early 2020. I will share more information and updates regarding that piece soon. Excited to share it with everyone!
I've been working on a special project for several months now, and it will be revealed and launched May 20th. Stay tuned...
It's been a busy and exciting couple months during my last semester of college, I will be earning my BFA degree in Art & Design with a concentration in Illustration next week!
I have been fortunate enough to have some of my artwork on display at NMU's Lydia Olson Library from November 16th-December 14th. The Library's Art show is held annually to show appreciation for the students creative work from all types of majors.
At NMU, graduating art students create artwork to be shown in a group show celebrating their work towards the Bachelor's degree. The exhibit is held at the DeVos Art Museum, with a closing reception before the graduation ceremony. Below is the an image of my display, and artist statement.
Emmalene Oysti, Illustration, BFA
Senior Exhibit Artist Statement
The saying “don’t judge a book by a cover” is often false in everyday life, a book cover and its illustrations help engage a reader’s interest in a particular book. The cover illustrations can capture a viewer’s eye leading them to search further within the pages of the book and expand their imagination. In the search to combine my passions for both art and reading, I was led to discover a way to combine these interests through book illustration.
In this collection I have re-envisioned 4 book covers that are within public domain: Frankenstein, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Phantom of the Opera, and Call of the Wild. Each of these books also represent a different genre of classical fiction, in order to provide diversity of imagery and subjects. The public domain works challenged me to create unique covers that differ from the numerous iterations by returning back to some of the author’s imagery. Many other covers have chosen to follow pop culture’s images of these subjects rather than the descriptions provided by the author. Instead, I give the viewer a complete experience between the relationship of the illustration and the complete text of the story.
The realistic style of my covers helps the reader or viewer clearly see what the author envisioned based on the character descriptions found within the story. Each piece uses a variety of media, including watercolor, gouache, acrylic inks, and colored pencil to build layers of realistic forms. On the back cover are wallpaper patterns referencing specific time periods of each book’s setting. My intention is to encourage the audience to appreciate the artwork of books and the stories themselves through these illustrations.
I recently decided to get my business cards updated, and ready for Senior Exhibit for my BFA degree. I'm so happy with how it turned out, and the graphic designer who has created it is incredible, checkout her work here: https://www.meganhillierdesign.com/
In addition to ordering my updated business cards, I also ordered some logo stickers as well that I will be giving out at my exhibits, etc. Stay tuned for some pictures of the printed cards and stickers, as well as some upcoming show details!
My gouache painting Fallen Foliage, is now on view as a part of the Northern Michigan University's DeVos Museum's North of the 45th: Tenth Anniversary Exhibition. This show features numerous talented artists from the upper Midwest region, all of whom live above the 45th parallel. The show had a 24 hour submission period, and I'm glad that I got a chance to be a part of it.
The North of the 45th is on display until September 8th!