My name is Emma McGowan and I'm an English illustrator and surface pattern designer living in Brighton, a sunny seaside city on the south coast of England, just an hour from London.

I thrive on creative collaboration and I'm actively seeking clients who are looking for beautiful, fresh designs, and a flexible and reliable creative partner. 

I specialise in hand lettering, illustration and pattern for greetings, stationery, wall art, editorial and gifts. Everything is hand drawn, painted or printed, and then layered and coloured digitally in PhotoShop to create texture and depth. 

My work is available to license and buy outright, and I'm always happy to talk about commissions and collaborations. Just email hello@emmamcgowan.co.uk

Clients Include

Andrews McMeel Publishing  I  Big Wheel Press  |  Elderflower Fields Festival  |  The Guardian  I  Hopper Studios  |  Michael O'Mara Books  I  Robert Kaufman  |  Sussex Tweed  }  Quarto Publishing  I  Workman Publishing  


  • Brighton Open Houses 2018
  • National Stationery Show 2017
  • Surtex 2016 & 2017
  • Quilt Market 2016

Recent Highlights

  • Semi Finalist 2016 Global Talent Search
  • Finalist MIID Printsource Competition 2016
  • Selected to feature in the 2016 Uppercase Creative Calendar
  • Semi Finalist 2015 Global Talent Search
  • Featured in Pattern Mix: showcase of best 100 emerging pattern designers