Emmy Star Brown: The Interview

So this week I interviewed Emmy Star Brown. She is really nice and she is a super talented eco-friendly artist from Chicago. Basically what she does is draw on glass, abstract cool images that she finds in flea markets and in dumpsters and stuff like that. I mean, it’s super cool. You can check out her website here to get an idea of her work. And don’t forget to check out the video where you can see her in action.


“Hi Ruby!!!!!”

So, what inspires you?

“I’m really inspired by abstract design and floral elements. My work is very based on line and detail so a lot of that is influenced by the design I see around me. And also patterns and textures I see around me.”

Yeah that’s cool! I also like drawing but I’m not very good at it.


Haha. What project are you most proud of?

“I’m really proud of the whole Start With Sharpie  campaign. This has really helped me share my work with the world and hopefully influence [fans] to pursue their passions and hopefully share with the world what they can Start With Sharpie.”

I think it’s really big and cool that you’re doing this!

“Thank you!”

What do you like about working on glass as to rather working on paper?

“I like glass because it’s more of a non-traditional medium. Not a lot of people work on glass. It’s also transparent so it allows lots of shadows to come through, kind of allows for extra dimensional things to happen when I paint on it. It’s a very unique surface.”

I saw the video and it was super cool how, like, it lit up from the inside of the glass and projected the paintings.

“I’m glad you liked it!”

Do you sketch out on the glass? What happens when you mess up?

“Well, the beauty of working on glass is that if I do make an error, I can always incorporate it into my design because I’m doing abstract art. Also, I can always scratch it off or paint over it.”

Do you have a design in your head before you draw?

Usually I don’t, I just kind of do it impulsively, just go for it and there isn’t much planning involved. I figure out where my starting point and just kind of go from there.”

Did you want to be an artist when you were a kid?

“Yeah, definitely. I’ve been using Sharpie markers since I was a kid and all my current work all started with Sharpie! In sketchbooks, doodling etc.”

Yeah, I think everyone doodles in their sketchbooks even if they aren’t as talented as you!


What’s your least favorite color to draw with?

“My least favorite color to draw with is probably white and what I mean by that is white walls. I love detail and art design, so when I see white walls, I start coming up with ideas in my head on a design for them!”

Do you listen to One Direction while you are drawing? Cause you know, One Direction are the lords of like, everything.

“Well you know, I’m 26 so I don’t listen to One Direction while I’m drawing, haha. But you might want to check out the Chicago-based band California Wives. Their music is gonna be featured in the Sharpie music video with their new song “Purple”, so you might wanna check that out.

I think they are cool also! What is your favorite color to work with besides black?

“I think my second favorite color to work with besides black is probably red. It’s so impactful and the color is very vibrant especially with darker colors. They cast really good shadows.”

Yeah, I love red! I even have a red bow. What project besides the Sharpie project are you most proud of?

“I’m probably most proud of my custom designs. I’ll do a lot of commission work and a lot of custom work. I once painted a glass kitchen cabinet and it was really cool because it was a bit of a challenge for me.”

That’s so cool! What’s the first thing you ever drew professionally and do you still have it?

“Yes, I do. The first ever glass thing I ever did was I painted this old vintage glass terrarium that I had found at the flea market.”

Are you keeping it?

“Yes, I am!”

Oh, cool! Now, why Sharpie?

“Ever since I was a kid, they always allowed me to express myself.”

Yeah, I think every kid has to grow up with Sharpies.

“I totally agree.”

Thank you so much for letting me do this interview with you!!!!

“Great. Thank you so much!!”


“Bye, Ruby!!”

You’ll notice that Emmy talks a lot about Sharpie and that’s because she is part of the Start With Sharpie campaign. You can be a part of it too, by putting your artwork by August 6th  on Sharpie’s Facebook page or submitting it at Sharpie.com.

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