Following on from the success of her debut book, BA (Hons) Illustration alumnus Emily Hughes has a second book published.

After teaming up with Flying Eye Books in 2013 for her first picture book Wild, Emily has gone on to release another titled The Little Gardener.

Taken from an interview with Flying Eye Books, Emily talks about her influences for her picture books: “I’m inspired by Chinese cinema, the costumes and the colours. Illustrators such as Blair Lent, John Bauer and Gyo Fujikawa are always inspirational.

There are so many gems waiting to be discovered in pre-owned book stores, or even in my parents’ vintage stash. Many of my favorite books growing up were second hand, I loved Arnold Lobel’s Giant John, and Ice Cream Cone Coot and other Rare Birds, DePaola’s Strega Nona, Remy Charlip. Basically books from my parents’ shelves – I love 60’s/70’s children’s illustration.”

You can follow Emily’s adventure on her blog or Facebook.