Gabi Emmerich is a Brazilian illustrator who explores colours and textures.

Gabi Emmerich is a Brazilian illustrator who explores colours and textures in her work while utilising digital and traditional mediums. She enjoys experimenting with paper, paints and coloured pencils. Since childhood, her drawings have been her way of communicating and making friends.

Gabriela has always dreamed of being an illustrator but also harboured aspirations of being an archaeologist akin to Indiana Jones. Based in Curitiba with her wife, she enjoys tending to her plants, indulging in afternoon coffee and cake, and reading while lying in a hammock.

Her work blends Brazilian and global influences while aiming to celebrate diversity and empower the LGBTQIAP+ community.

Here's a Q&A to help you find out more...


When did you start illustrating?

Like many illustrators, I was that kid who, once they learned how to hold a pencil, never stopped drawing. As a shy person, I always used illustration to communicate and make friends.

Who has been the most supportive in your illustration career?

I'm fortunate to have people around me who support me and who know how much illustration makes me happy – my family, my wife Cris, and my friends have always cheered and supported me every step of the way.

Did you always think art was something that was going to be a major part of your life?

I knew I loved illustrating, but I had to do many different things before I could dedicate myself to this career. Sometimes, life takes a turn, but you always end up coming back to where you should be. I'm grateful for all my experiences because they've given me an excellent background.

What is your favourite subject matter to illustrate?

I love illustrating themes that take place in nature, like forest scenery, animals, and fairy tales. Oh, and I love birds!

How would you describe your style?

My style can be defined as colourful, with textures and brushstrokes.

What is your favourite collaboration to date?

I was part of a project that I hold dear to my heart, not only because of the artistic work, but also because of its political and social impact on the LGBTQIAP+ community in Florida. Together with a team, in partnership with BBH - USA and Alliance, we created a beautiful book called The Courage to Be Truly Free.

What interested you about being represented by Illo Agency?

I had been seeking opportunities to be represented and when I saw Illo's proposal, I loved it! My career goal is to work more and more on projects that value diversity and empower the LGBTQIAP+ community, so it was the perfect match!

Do you have a favourite author, film director, or designer?

I love a series of creators, but I'll mention a few that are particularly resonating with me right now. I love authors Isabel Allende and Jane Austen (very different styles, right?!). One of my favourite directors, and someone who has made me watch his films multiple times, is undoubtedly Pedro Almodovar!

Are you working on any personal projects you can share with us?

I'm working on an idea I had for a children's book – it's a story about a dinosaur who wants to be an astronaut.

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, do you have a favourite?

I love podcasts; they're great company while I'm working. There's a wonderful Brazilian one called Rádio Escafandro; it always brings up different themes and stories that are really interesting, and it's very well scripted.

If you’d like more info, please contact: [email protected]

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