Brava Magazine December_2014 : Page 36

THRIVE PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST EMILY BALSLEY IN HER HAPPY PLACE IN 2002, graphic designer Emily Balsley LˬNDED ˬ GREˬT JOB ˬT 1ˬCIǠC $YCLE&#0f; #UT when she had a baby in 2008 and started freelancing, she realized that she was HˬPPIEST WHILE DRˬWING&#0f; 4HE DECIDED TO GO FOR IT&#0d; TˬKING CLˬSSES ˬND BUILDING UP a portfolio of commercial illustration. *N 
&#0d; HER DECISION TO TˬKE THE LEˬP WˬS VˬLIDˬTED WHEN -ILLˬ 3OGERS 4TUDIO&#0d; a renowned illustration agency, selected #ˬLSLEYmSWORKˬMONGTHETOPǠVEOUTOF &#0d;INITSn(LOBˬL5ˬLENT4EˬRCH&#0f;o Last year Balsley joined the Happy Happy Art Collective, a group of six WOMENWORKINGTOCREˬTEˬNDSHˬRETHEIR complementary illustration styles, and now Balsley is in a happy, happy place. Her illustration and graphic design WORKrFROM ˬNIMˬTION&#0d; COMPˬNY LOGOS&#0d; magazine graphics, hand-drawn type INVITˬTIONS ˬND EVEN ˬ KIDSm COOKBOOK&#0d; to fabrics, plates, clever prints, posters and, our favorites, her playful custom FˬMILY PORTRˬITSrKEEP HER QUITE ˬND creatively busy. -Karin Wolf Artist Emily Balsley in her element—her cheerful and inspiring home studio. Check out her portfolio at emilybalsley.com. 36 BRAVA MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2014 PHOTOS BY ALI STONE

PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST

Kgrin Wolf


EMILY BALSLEY IN HER HAPPY PLACE
IN 2002, graphic designer Emily Balsley landed a great job at Pacific Cycle. But when she had a baby in 2008 and started freelancing, she realized that she was happiest while drawing. She decided to go for it, taking classes and building up a portfolio of commercial illustration. In 2013, her decision to take the leap was validated when Lilla Rogers Studio, a renowned illustration agency, selected Balsley's work among the top five out of 1,500 in its "GlobalTalent Search."

Last year Balsley joined the Happy Happy Art Collective, a group of six women working to create and share their complementary illustration styles, and now Balsley is in a happy, happy place. Her illustration and graphic design work—from animation, company logos, magazine graphics, hand-drawn type invitations and even a kids' cookbook, to fabrics, plates, clever prints, posters and, our favorites, her playful custom family portraits—keep her quite and creatively busy.

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