Big News! New Website, New Podcast!

New Website Layout - emi ito illustration

Ch-ch-ch-changes!!!  Helloo there friends!  Big changes going on here.  I have gotten a new domain name (, a new website layout (see above), and have a new podcast called Inside Illustration!  There is still lots of work to be done, but please check it out and let me know what you think!

Please note!  If you would like to still follow me, please follow my blog at my new domain name:

The Inside Illustration podcast has been a dream of mine for a number of months now, and I finally was able to get my act together and do it!  Inside Illustration is a podcast that features the lives and careers of illustrators and explores the world of illustration.

Here is the Inside Illustration podcast cover art, that I hinted at a few weeks ago on my Instagram:

Inside Illustration Podcast Cover Art - emi ito illustration

Today’s guest on the first episode is Hayley Powers Thornton Kennedy of Hayley Powers Studio.  I went to college with Hayley and have always been a huge fan of her work, so I thought she would be a great first person to have on the show!

If you would like to listen to the first episode, you can do so here: Inside Illustration with Emi Ito Ortiz of Emi Ito Illustration.  I have submitted it to iTunes, so it should be searchable in the iTunes store within a couple days, if all goes correctly!

Inside Illustration with Emi Ito Ortiz - Ep. 1 - Hayley Kennedy

Collaboration with Ana Elisa Sotelo Productions for the World Bank

World Bank Video Progress - emi ito illustration

Exciting times here!  My collaboration with Ana Elisa Sotelo Productions for the World Bank‘s recycling program is in progress!  Here are a few photos Ana sent me yesterday to preview what she’s doing.  It’s going to be a really fun stop-motion video to teach employees at the World Bank how to recycle their trash properly.  I’ll share the video here once it’s done, so stay tuned!

World Bank Video Desk Scene - emi ito illustration

World Bank Video Desk Layout - emi ito illustration

World Bank Video Stills Screenshot - emi ito illustration

World Bank Video Trash Cans - emi ito illustration


Shop Sale!

Society6 Hot Dog Print - Emi Ito Illustration

Hey there!

I added some new stuff to my Society6 shop today.  Check it out if you get a chance!

This weekend there is FREE worldwide shipping PLUS $5 OFF everything in my Society6 shop with this link:

The promotion expires November 9, 2014 at Midnight Pacific Time (3am Nov. 10 EST!).

The sale excludes framed prints (sorry!) but still applies to un-framed prints!

Here are some of the items in my shop:
(Click on the images to take you to the item!)

Society6 Donut Mug - Emi Ito Illustration

Society6 Dots iPhone Case - Emi Ito Illustration

Society6 Hand Wall Clock - Emi Ito Illustration

Guide to Fall Squash Image

Space for Dreams

no space for dreams - emi ito illustration


Sometimes I let my get anxiety get the best of me, and this has been one of those weeks.  Inspirational quotes often just make me roll my eyes, but sometimes they really hit the spot (hence the quote above).  I also try drinking warm tea, cleaning, and listening to music.  One song I just discovered this past weekend and have been listening to on repeat is Nature Boy by Pomplamoose.  Everything about it is so perfectly done and it really helps me calm down about everything.  It also reminds me a bit of how my mom used to sing to me before bed when I was a kid : )  What do you do to help with anxiety and facing fears?

Halloween Ideas

inventor dog - emi ito illustration

Halloween really snuck up on me this year.  I have no clue what I’ll be, but more importantly, I had no idea what to do for Ollie’s costume until just the other day.  Since he’s part dachshund, the default would be to dress him up as a hot dog, but I feel like that’s overdone.  Then, the idea came to me the other night while I was watching Ollie play with his toys.  Recently, he has taken to combining his toys to create a “new” toy.  For example, he has a rubbery Z-shaped toy that he’ll cover with a disemboweled plush moose toy, and then he’ll chew on and play with the “new” toy as if it were one.  Pretty genius if you ask me, although I may be a little biased : )  So, to highlight my dog’s brilliance (hah!), Ollie will likely be an “inventor dog” this year!  Let’s hope I can quickly pull together a nerdy dog outfit…anyone have a spare dog lab coat?


100 Likes on Facebook!

100 Likes! - emi ito illustration

You guyssss!!!  I was SO STOKED this week to see that Emi Ito Illustration now has 100 likes on Facebook!! (and I never use the word “stoked”!)  While this may seem like a small number in the scheme of things, it was a huge goal for me and I was so excited to finally reach it!  Thank you so much for your support.  Seeing that others like my work really motivates me to keep drawing!  If you haven’t “liked” my page yet, you can check it out here.  I post more frequent updates there, including information on upcoming projects and other exciting news.  Thank you again!