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Gemma Milly Illustration

Oh oh oh oh everybody! Red alert! Gemma Milly, an artist and illustrator in southeast England, has taken my heart captive today. Her work is such a delight and I’m certain it will tickle you too. I’m so happy that I found her today via lovely Mary Beth on Pinterest. I adore her painterly style and colorways and well her drawing of William and Katherine kissing on the balcony and Buckingham Palace is just so charming (you can buy it here). I hope they somehow see it — I’m sure they’d love it to pieces that cute Will and Katherine.

Gemma Milly

Gemma draws her images first by hand using  pen or pencil, then adds ink and watercolor, and finally she digitally enhances them to give them that final “just so” touch. I love how she uses her color outside of the lines at times. This is gorgeous. Her inspiration comes from, “The ethereal, the sensual, the female form, the exquisite and the beautiful. Her aim is to create strikingly beautiful images that please the eye and delight the senses.” I’d say she accomplishes her goal!

But she hasn’t always been an illustrator… Gemma once worked in advertising and design for six years at a traditional desk job, but like so many creative types who dream of “what if”, the atmosphere wasn’t for her and she started to wonder about her future… So she jumped ship, returned to university where she earned her Master’s in Illustration and Animation and now she is a happy freelancer.

Gemma produces prints, greetings cards, portraits and fashion illustration for her big cartel shop and for her clients and well… we’re all happier for it – but most importantly, Gemma found her calling and we all love those kinds of stories, don’t we?

Isn’t Gemma divine?

(images: gemma milly)

Posted by decor8 in Arts + Crafts on June 13, 2011

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  1. Irma Navarro-Hankins commented
    June 13th, 2011 at 5:49pm

    Love these! Are they available for purchase?

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  2. arianna commented
    June 13th, 2011 at 5:56pm

    OMG I love Gemma Milly and am ao happy you have featured her! I have known Gemma for awhile now (via the web) and she was my very first feature for my series on my blog http://ariannainteriors.blogspot.com/2010/11/one-to-watch-gemma-milly.html
    She is the sweetest and nicest girl and such raw talent which I love. I am so excited that we will be working together soon……..Don’t the Brits have so much Talent ;)
    arianna´s last blog post ..Pulse Highlights

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  3. Maureen commented
    June 13th, 2011 at 6:27pm

    Those are so romantically, whimsically beautiful!!!!!
    Maureen´s last blog post ..Fort Worth Botanic Gardens

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  4. Christine commented
    June 13th, 2011 at 6:33pm

    Beautiful! I love the mixed media look of these and that yellow dress print is amazing!
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  5. Julie Khuu commented
    June 13th, 2011 at 7:47pm

    Love that shot of the couple kissing! Such a beautiful pose captured through watercolor…simply magical…love it!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!
    Julie Khuu´s last blog post ..Food Porn Friday- Dueling Brunches

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  6. Alexa commented
    June 13th, 2011 at 7:47pm

    Oh beautiful illustrations! That one of William and Catherine is stunning! :)
    xo
    Alexa

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  7. Simone Leblanc commented
    June 13th, 2011 at 7:53pm

    cute! Love these. Thanks for sharing!
    Simone Leblanc´s last blog post ..gifts!

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  8. ines commented
    June 13th, 2011 at 8:06pm

    Wonderful drawings! The one with the royals is great. Thanks for sharing with us. Have a fab evening.

    Greetings, ines
    ines´s last blog post ..Ein Mini

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  9. Shari commented
    June 13th, 2011 at 8:27pm

    Really gorgeous! Very sweet, too. Thanks for sharing them! I saw the one with the yellow skirt on Pinterest, also. Such a great place to find things, right?
    Shari´s last blog post ..30 Day Photography Challenge- Day 13

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  10. Brooke H commented
    June 13th, 2011 at 9:08pm

    Wow, love her work. Thank you for sharing. Its always so great to see illustrators featured here.

    I started a Kate fashion illustration to add to my etsy shop, this may be the motivation to finish it already! ;) Did however sketch a look I predicted her to wear for the Nate Berkus Show, before the wedding:
    http://fabulousdoodles.blogspot.com/2011/05/television-debut.html
    Brooke H´s last blog post ..Shes a Sketch Louise

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  11. Barbara commented
    June 13th, 2011 at 10:05pm

    Everthing looks lovely. Her style is really intriguing :)
    Barbara´s last blog post ..Weekly Pinterest- Still Life

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  12. Jennifer commented
    June 13th, 2011 at 11:15pm

    These are so pretty, love the one with the yellow skirt.
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..Its Friday- Im in love

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  13. Sarah commented
    June 13th, 2011 at 11:59pm

    LOVE the Will and Kate drawing – excellent! :o
    Sarah´s last blog post ..Saturday in the kitchen

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  14. Maria commented
    June 14th, 2011 at 4:18am

    These are beautiful! She definitely has a talent. Lovely!
    Maria´s last blog post ..Is This The Anger Stage

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  15. Charlotte commented
    June 14th, 2011 at 4:47am

    These are SO charming! I want to eat them with a spoon.

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  16. Forgotten Fancies commented
    June 14th, 2011 at 5:15am

    They are so dreamy! Thanks for introducing us to Gemma. It’s always nice to hear people who becomes successful as a freelancer.

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  17. Anastasia commented
    June 14th, 2011 at 5:27am

    really lovely! i need to make it a habit to draw more often…love Fashion illustration!

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  18. Allison M commented
    June 14th, 2011 at 5:58am

    Whimsical and fun, reminds me a little vintage yet sooo fresh. Love them. Thanks for sharing

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  19. Amelia commented
    June 14th, 2011 at 6:12am

    I totally admire artists because I’m a frustrated painter myself. I’m creative but when it comes to applying my thoughts to the brush and the paper , I completely blocked out.

    Gemma Milly’s pieces are amazing and can be used as an inspiration for others. How I wish I can have her great talent.
    Amelia´s last blog post ..What Are Your Options for Garden Stakes

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  20. Star Hughes commented
    June 14th, 2011 at 7:19am

    LOVE these pictures! These are so cute – I especially love the yellow skirt. So much fun!

    Star Hughes´s last blog post ..chocolate dipped marshmallows

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  21. Zsa Zsa commented
    June 14th, 2011 at 8:08am

    Love, love watercolor illustrations! Gemma must be a sweet and romantic person based on these drawings. :) Thanks for introducing her to us , Holly!

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  22. david commented
    June 14th, 2011 at 8:42am

    Very nice drawings!

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  23. Lili Emilia commented
    June 14th, 2011 at 9:43am

    Wau, I love her style. She’s talented!

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  24. Sarah commented
    June 14th, 2011 at 10:04am

    These are beautiful where can I purchase her work?
    Sarah´s last blog post ..Sabrina Lins Stunning Penthouse

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  25. Charley commented
    June 14th, 2011 at 12:04pm

    Great to see Gemma’s beautiful illustrations featured on here. She’s very talented (and a lovely gal too!)

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  26. Mrs Bok commented
    June 14th, 2011 at 1:58pm

    Beautiful work, thank you for showcasing her

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  27. Lace and Tulle commented
    June 14th, 2011 at 2:50pm

    Love the illustrations!

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  28. Amy - pride of place commented
    June 14th, 2011 at 3:44pm

    These are fantastic – I’m heading over to her on-line store right now. :)

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  29. elsoplomundano commented
    June 14th, 2011 at 11:05pm

    Love that!! But I have to say that her web have a little problem: “Bandwidth Limit Exceeded” http://www.gemmamilly.com/ too much visitors! it’s not that bad :)

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  30. Melissa Jaine commented
    June 15th, 2011 at 3:47am

    Oh so gorgeous! I love her use of colour along with grey pencil. My favourite thing. :)
    mj.
    x

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  31. Gemma Milly commented
    June 15th, 2011 at 11:23pm

    Thanks for such wonderful comments everyone! *blushes*
    My website has now recovered and is up and running again, as is my shop – http://gemmmillyillustration.bigcartel.com – (where I shall be adding lots more of my illustrations for purchase soon!).

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  32. Gemma Milly commented
    June 15th, 2011 at 11:25pm

    p.s. oops, it would help if I could spell! http://gemmamillyillustration.bigcartel.com

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  33. Mel Stringer commented
    June 17th, 2011 at 10:13am

    Gorgeous illos!

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  34. Mary-Ellen commented
    November 13th, 2011 at 10:41pm

    I adore Gemma’s work. She is a highly talented woman who is a very humble individual. I also featured her on my blog and learn’t how she got started: http://houseofpaulinteriors.blogspot.com/2011/10/giving-up-day-job-becoming-illustrator.html

    Great blog feature x

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