Emerson Rabbitt explores all aspects of storytelling, including character creation, world-building, and color management through digital illustration.
What is your year and major at MCAD?
What do you like best about illustrating?
I feel I'm able to explore the boundaries of my creativity and imagination. Since my illustrations are done in Photoshop, I am able to explore color more efficiently, and the possibilities for characters and environments are endless.
Book Illustration by Emerson Rabbitt. See more children's book illustrations.
Have you always been a drawer? Have you experimented in other fields and mediums?
I have always loved to draw and have been drawing ever since I can remember. Only I never knew it was something I could go to school for, so I never really took it seriously. While in high school, I frequently drew caricatures of my teachers and immature doodles that have never seen the light of day. I have experimented with many mediums, and digital painting has become my favored medium of expression.
What are your biggest inspirations?
I find most of my inspiration comes from entertainment such as movies and video games. More specifically, I'm very fond of the Alien movies and of HR Giger's work. I often look through art books for visuals of games like Destiny, Doom, Halo, and many others.
Why do you prefer digital illustration over traditional?
I prefer working digitally as there are so many tools at your disposal. With my experience, Photoshop accelerates the whole process of creating, and most importantly eliminates any mess traditional media would leave.
If you had unlimited time, energy, money, and whatever else you would need, what would your dream project be?
Designing a video game would be awesome! I want to share my imagination with everyone, and to see it all come to life on screen is my dream.