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Conversations with Emily Charles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Charles.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Originally, I’m from Central Florida, but moved to Savannah in 2016 to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design where I earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Illustration and minored in Graphic Design. I grew so much as an artist and person while attending SCAD and I wouldn’t trade my experience there for the world. Since graduating in 2020, I’ve been working a couple service jobs and some babysitting gigs, as well as pursuing some freelance illustration/design work.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I can’t say it’s been the smoothest road, but the bumps along the way have helped shape me into the individual I am. The biggest struggle for me so far has been navigating a pandemic while finishing up my senior year of college and beginning my career. I’m not where I wanted to be professionally when I graduated, but everything happens for a reason!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m an illustrator, designer, and creator, in fact my creative alias is Lemon Emily. My illustration work is grounded in the duality of order (clean lines and limited color palette) and chaos (organic textures). I am heavily inspired by tactile print-making techniques and textures. The focus and subject of most pieces are glimmers of beauty derived from life. I feel my work is best applied to editorial, advertising, or informational projects, but package design is another area I would love to get into. My purpose with what I do is to fulfill creative needs through my brand of visual communication.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
To have patience and faith that the right opportunity will come in time, while continuing to work hard to find such opportunities.


  • Spot Illustrations $20ea
  • 1/2 Page Illustration $50
  • Full Page Illustration $100
  • Double Page Spread $150
  • Graphic Design $50/hr

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Lemon Emily Illustration + Design

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