Emily CammisaFreelance illustrator

Greetings! My name is Emily Cammisa and I'm a freelance illustration artist based in Saratoga Springs, NY with a bachelor's degree in fine art from Skidmore College. I've been doing freelance illustration and graphic design commissions since July 2010. Currently my primary focus is traditional and digital fantasy illustration, character designs, and portraiture. I also love to make beaded jewelry and dreamcatchers with a fantasy vibe to sell at my Etsy shop. My art is available to purchase as prints, stickers, magnets, and button pins at the Saratoga Comic Con bi-annually, and I am looking to expand into doing more local conventions down the road.

Aside from illustration and commission work, I'm also an art teacher. I started this journey back in 2015 teaching lessons on manga drawing, character design, and graphic novel creation at the College of Saint Rose. From there I branched off into teaching private and group art lessons year-round, and doing dreamcatcher workshops at various venues. I absolutely love being able to share my knowledge with people of all ages and watch my students grow their confidence and improve each week. Many thanks to all of the parents and students who have supported me over the years and helped me grow as an artist!

Tools of the trade

I use both traditional and digital mediums and love to explore what they can do. My favorite traditional mediums are watercolors, graphite, Prisma colored pencils, ink pens such as Sakura Pigma and Stabilo, and alcohol or India based ink markers such as Copic and Faber Castell. For digital art I prefer Adobe Photoshop and Clip Studio Paint Pro. As for my jewelry, I use various glass, acrylic, and wooden beads along with various other natural and man-made materials. I'm particularly fond of using seed beads to do bead weaving on a loom and by hand.

Stylistic inspirations and influences

My style is heavily inspired by many different contemporary illustration artists, Disney, Japanese anime, cartoons, comics and fantasy stories. I enjoy drawing original characters, fanart, and illustrating scenes from stories that I love (especially Roleplays). My drawings primarily focus on people, animals, and natural landscapes, so I am passionate about anatomical accuracy and strive to improve on doing more dynamic poses and creating whimsical compositions. My style tends to vary from realism to cartoony, because I enjoy being versatile and I enjoy challenging myself to try new things.

Long-term artistic goals and aspirations

My biggest goal has always been to someday self-publish my own art books and coloring books chock full of original digital and traditional illustrations, as well as tutorial books on how to draw and color in various mediums. I am so very close to having a large enough body of work to make these books a reality, so be sure to follow me on social media to get updates on my progress and see my latest works as they come out! Aside from that, I am just thrilled to live each day as a full-time artist and no longer have to tether myself to another job to survive. It took years of hard work to get this far, and I have many people to thank who've purchased my work, commissioned me, and hired me as a teacher. From the bottom of my heart, I am eternally grateful to you all!

Thank you so much for reading my bio here. If you would like see my artwork, please be sure to check out my gallery and social media links. I update DeviantArt, Tumblr, and Instagram frequently and stream my work live on Twitch every Friday and Sunday from 8-10PM EST. If you are interested in commissioning me, feel free to e-mail me at emilycammisa@gmail.com for more info. Thank you and have a lovely day!