Illustration Exhibition – Talya Baldwin



Carrying on from the fun fair theme, I came across some work by Talya Baldwin, whilst browsing on her site. Talya has used the fun fair theme style typography within some of her illustration work, yet they are hand-drawn.



I love how precise and clean the hand-drawn typography sits in the left hand corner, balancing the detailed pencil-drawn elephant in the bottom right hand corner.

Talya uses a range of media including; pencil, ink and paint. You can see the refined mark making in her illustrations and in some of her work, she has used old sheets of paper or postcards as a base and applied her work on top. This is demonstrated in the image above (La Belle Boutique).

I recently visited an exhibition of Talya Baldwin’s, in Leeds, Yorkshire. It’s a solo exhibition displaying human and animal characters, as well as botanical pieces. These are drawn on A2 paper and pinned delicately on the gallery wall. Some are cut out and strategically positioned around the room to catch your eye – adding an extra element of interest. The characters and found objects that Talya has drawn are that which are lost, unwanted or marginalized and who do not sit comfortably in the common imagination of storytelling or have not won a place in history.

Exhibition Poster

bowery flyer


Exhibition pieces that caught my eye:











Close up of above male character


You can really see all the fine pencil mark-making detail and how Talya emphasises and adds texture in the male character’s skin tone. She also appears to make each eye different in scale i.e. obscuring the facial features. Her work is quirky and detailed, and drawn in a mature way, that would appeal to both a younger and an older audience.

I love Talya’s illustrations. They seem surreal, yet grotesque when you look more closely. I think Talya’s work is meant to provoke an emotional reaction. For example,the grand dame’s hat is made of star fish, newts and an octopus. On another illustration,you can see a pair of octopuses tentacles positioned either side on a lady’s head. She’s like the Marmite in the illustration world – you would either like or dislike her illustrations, and I love them!

Here is the link to her website

About Me




Emma Jayne

Hi! My name is Emma Jayne and I love Illustration, Surface Pattern and blogging. My masters degree is in Textile Illustration, which I studied at The Manchester University and I also have a degree is in Surface Pattern.

I’ve always had a passion for design and my work is heavily influenced by illustration, pattern and nature.

About me

Here’s a little information about me… I currently take inspiration from nature, colour, shapes, texture, fashion, graphics, nature, interiors, magazines … actually, pretty much anything I come across which piques my interest! From childhood I have always been passionate about art, coming from a creative family. My father and grandfather both loved DIY, my mum loved fashion and interiors and my grandmother, who I spent every Thursday and most weekends sewing and knitting with me. I knitted my first jumper at 8 years (it was too big and I could not get to wear it till I was about 10!).

My design BA and studio work at Dorma made good use of my drawing and colour skills. At Dorma I was involved with the whole design process, from initial concept to bulk printing. I have undertaken various freelance projects over an 15 year period, selling my designs in the UK, around Europe and in America.

I love being creative and playing around with sketches, which later, I develop on my computer. More recently, I have produced illustrations using Pro Create, which I combine with traditional media i.e. gouache. I would describe my style as whimsical, playful, colourful and bold, with hints of texture. I really love colour and enjoy creating different colour combinations.

In my spare time, I continually search for new ideas and new inspiration; whether that would be in stationery, apparel, children’s books, to interiors, and even colour themes. I am also a Pinterest addict and before I used Pinterest, I used to keep boxes full of magazine clippings and marketing material.

Things that I like are; vintage patterns & interiors, old and contemporary illustrations, typography, printed fabrics, retro wallpaper, posters, Scandinavian design, pick”n”mix sweets, collecting stamps and listening to music whilst working on my computer.

My objective is to keep up with the current trends, keep updating my skills to constantly strive to become a better designer and to hopefully inspire you through my blog.



I started my blog in 2010, when I was studying on my masters. I wanted a site that would display my development work (like an on-line sketchbook) and where I could store written thoughts and ideas. As time went by, I started blogging inspiration for my designs and updating my design artwork. Now I like to keep up with current trends and mainly share my pattern and illustration work.