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I'm Emmy Kalia, a full-time artist from the Netherlands with a passion for drawing. Drawing black and white portraits with graphite pencils and capturing the emotion of a person is what I love doing most.

My Journey

Drawing didn’t come naturally to me at all. It started as a childhood hobby. As a teenager I did draw now and then, but I was unhappy with my drawings. I wasn’t confident enough and I listened to that judgemental voice in my head, that it just wasn’t good enough so I gave up. 

It wasn't until 2014 that I found my passion for drawing again. I saw a portrait made with graphite pencil on Instagram and I wanted to know how to draw that too. So after more than 10 years I started drawing again. I was determined to succeed and after many hours of practice I started to get the hang of it and I was excited about drawing again.

I started drawing with graphite and colored pencils and several years later I started to get passionate about watercolors. Throughout the years I have been able to practice with a diversity of materials and techniques. I spent a lot of time trying out different sorts of paper, pastels, markers, different graphite and colored pencils.


I get inspired by everything around me, this could be the person next to me or things I see around me in ‘nature’. Sometimes when I look at people, I notice the colors and the shading, or I look at the hair and then I think of how I would apply this to my drawings. Or I study what they’re wearing, a piece of their clothing and the flow of it and then I start imagining drawing it.


Drawing is very calming and relaxing. I can draw for hours and lose track of time. All I need is paper, pencils and some background music. When I look back at my first drawings I can see my own progress and improvements. At first I wasn't easily satisfied and kept telling myself, I’ll do better next time. I was a perfectionist and insecure about my drawings, which is why sometimes it took me hours to correct and add details. Now years later I have learned to let go and embrace my mistakes. I learned to accept that this is my own unique piece of art and to feel proud of what I have created.


When it comes to drawing, I believe it’s not about talent, it’s about having the motivation to become better. I have learned so much through practice alone. Many have asked me 'How did I learn?' and 'Who did I learn from?'. My answer is I’m completely self-taught and what you need to do is practice a lot, be determined, as well as learn from your own mistakes. 


I love sharing everything I've learned and that’s why I created the Artistic Journey Membership. I want to help you move forward on your journey and give you the support you want so you don’t have to figure it all out by yourself.

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