Day 27: Emily Caton-Thick

A very personal and distinct love for drawing seems deeply rooted in today’s creative’s (@emilycatonthick) DNA and with it, comes a complete sense of joy when looking at her artwork. I have been a huge fan of Emily Caton-Thick for several years now so I’m bubbling with excitement to welcome her to the community! 

Please may you introduce yourself and your practice.
I’m Emily Caton-Thick. I’m an artist from East London and I work mostly with pen and ink, drawing mostly nudes.

How did you develop your practice?
As with lots of people it started off as a hobby – I drew in my spare time, I gave pieces to my friends as gifts, etc. About two years ago people I knew started commissioning pieces and it went from strength to strength. I still get a kick from a stranger messaging me with a request. 

What inspires you and why do you love your practice?
Other artists inspire me, including my mum. Photography. The faces of strangers. Light and shadow. There’s so much freedom in drawing and it’s a release I now couldn’t live without. 

What does it mean to you to be a creative feminist?
I embrace and celebrate women in every aspect of my life – I couldn’t imagine it any other way. 

I love seeing the photographic influences, including light and shadow, in Emily’s work. Please show Emily some love by following her page on Instagram – @emilycatonthick, and by commenting your thoughts below! There’s something so beautiful about an artistic career taking shape by initially giving and receiving artwork with friends; thank you for sharing your story Emily.

If you would like to purchase one of Emily’s drawings featured below or commission a piece by Emily please direct message her via Instagram.

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