Folio Society competition 2015

by emmaillustrates

House of Illustration and The Folio Society are running their annual illustration competition.  This year’s book is a collection of ghost stories.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I steered away from the dense, scratchy and/or dark images that I would normally imagine with ghost stories.  I think it’s possible to be frightened even when surrounded by bright colour! I’ve used a strong palette, simplified graphic shapes, some linework.  Here are my entries:

abbot thomas emma russell

The Treasure of Abbot Thomas – Somerton and Brown head down an alley to the ruined abbey lit brightly by the full moon.

upper berth emma russell

The Upper Berth – Is it the watery creature that haunts the upper berth or is it the body of Brisbane’s cabin mate, tossed by the tide as the boat powers on.

empty house emma russell

The Empty House – Our hero is blithely unaware of the horrors to come and is revelling in the space, the birds calling and the sea lavender filling the marsh, having just got his boots back on after paddling through a creek.


Layout 1

The binding, based on a scene in The Treasure of Abbot Thomas in which Somerton falls from a stair in the depths of a well with only a rope tied round his torso that might save him.