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 with a fantasy vibe to sell in my Etsy shop. I am currently established at the Other Worlds Gallery located at the Shirt Factory, Suite 119, 71 Lawrence Street, Glens Falls, NY. My art is available to purchase as prints, stickers, magnets, and button pins. I also sell my work twice a year at the Saratoga Comic Con in November and April. Aside from freelance work, I also teach various art classes throughout the year and do workshops for crafting dreamcatchers. A few venues I teach at are the College of Saint Rose, ADK Creative Works, C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios, Creative Chameleon, and Wicks from the Sticks.
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 or illustrating scenes from roleplays or stories that I love. I also craft a lot of characters using a virtual reality game called Second Life before I illustrate them. Second Life is a huge inspiration for my work and a great source for reference. My drawings primarily focus on people and animals, so I am passionate about anatomical accuracy. My style leans more toward realism, but I also enjoy abstract and cartoony styles as well.
Long-term artistic goals and aspirations
My long-term goals as an artist are to someday self-publish my own artbooks 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 also want to build up a loyal following to my work via vending at arts and crafts fairs, anime, comic, and game conventions. I dream of someday being able to completely support myself financially by doing the things I love to do most, eliminating the need to work any jobs unrelated to art.
Thank you so much for reading my bio here. If you would like see my artwork, please be sure to check out my website, DeviantArt gallery, Tumblr blog, and Instagram. I update DA, Tumblr, and Instagram often and also make announcements for when I will be Livestreaming my work. If you are interested in commissioning me, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Thank you and have a lovely day!
DeviantArt Gallery: www.emilycammisa.deviantart.com/gallery
Tumblr Blog: www.emilycammisa.tumblr.com
Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/OtakuDzNs