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Welcome to Valerian

This website is the creative home of Gloucestershire based Illustrator Emma Leyfield.

COMMISSIONS OPEN

I am currently taking commissions for bespoke illustrations, specialising in watercolours, line drawings, portraits, and botanicals. Art is a wonderful gift to mark new beginnings and memories, the perfect mix of unique and personal. It wouldn't be out of place on a menu, a magazine or book cover. These are just a few of the things I do here at Valerian Illustration. As a creative mind, I am always looking for my next project.

Please don't hesitate to ask me questions about your idea.

WORKSHOPS

Workshops are a chance to share my world as an artist, be it botanical, watercolours, sketch-booking or life drawing, I find them a wonderful opportunity to meet like minded people. Whether you're looking for some parent-child activities or an artistic Hen-do, you're in the right place.

Online workshops coming soon.

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NEWS

GARDEN JOURNALING PART 1

GARDEN JOURNALING PART 1

There are many forms that a sketchbook can take and Garden Journals are one that has a lot of potential. Whether you'd like to create an artistic response to the changing seasons in your garden, illustrate crop rotation in the veg patch, or record and cultivate heirloom varieties, a visual journal can be the perfect craft to compliment your green fingers. Read more in my Blog!

SKETCHBOOK TOUR!

SKETCHBOOK TOUR!

Something a little bit different this month: take a look through this sketchbook from winter 2021 and listen to me talk about all things sketchbookery! This little book is a mishmash of shopping lists, sketches, spider diagrams and watercolour paintings... Go to my Blog to view!

PORTFOLIO

As a sketchbooker, my portfolio is constantly growing with sketches and illustrations. This selection contains all my favourite subjects and styles, from life drawing to watercolours. I invite you to delve into the Valerian archive.

BEGINNINGS

I began life drawing at 15 and have been a passionate believer in it's importance every since. My ability and understanding of drawing took off and this facilitated my first steps into illustration. Consequently, my work is always founded in traditional, observational drawing and it's this theme that ties it all together.

AUTUMN HEDGEROWS

AUTUMN HEDGEROWS

Demo for Autumn Leaves in Watercolour

THE DENTIST

THE DENTIST

An extract from a sketchbook

THE FLEECE

THE FLEECE

An extract from a sketchbook

COCKTAILS

COCKTAILS

Line and Watercolour Wash

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Ms Emma Leyfield currently trading as 'Valerian'. The copyright to all images and graphics used within this website are owned by Valerian, or Valerian has sought the appropriate permissions to use them.

Trademark number: UK00003464494

April Cottage, Kilcott Road, Hillesley, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, GL12 7RJ