Emma Russell

Emma Russell's illustration blog

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Bespoke paper headpieces, lips & sign artworks

My paper artwork featured in the Monochrome with a Dash of Colour. I was commissioned to make paper headpieces based on willow pattern dishes, a pair of huge juicy paper lips and a big pop art flash sign saying “TAT”. Here it is in print:

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When I’d just completed the headpieces:

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The making of the lips and TAT sign:

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Initial sketches:


Shared Ownership Londoner portraits for Time Out magazine


Portraits of five types of Londoners who might be eligible for shared ownership for the 6th October issue of Time Out Magazine. This was such a nice job!

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Hell yeah!

Some paper cut lettering

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experiment with different colour background:

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Following on from the last blog post, here’s some more of the progress photos of the bagsie project with Soapbox & Sons and Jonathan Knowles.

The previous post showed work on a 2D version, but I then went to work on a 3D version.  As you can see in the process of making it my desk becomes more and more chaotic! The photo shoot with the finished article was yesterday. There are 10 artists taking part being photographed yesterday and today.  Have a search on Twitter for #BAGSIE and see the exciting behind the scenes pictures from Jenny Theolin and Emma Taylor.   I can’t wait to see the photographs. 

Here I’m modelling the head to make a series of nets to build the final product.   You can see the paper mache base that I made underneath (the half sphere) which acts as a framework for the whole thing.

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I removed these pieces and used them as templates to cut and score the coloured paper, then folded and glued them onto the hard paper mache base.

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Here’s the nearly completed head.  After this the long paper section at the top rolls back in on itself to make a curve.

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At this stage the bird is a sort of standalone mask!



Next was working the bird into the bag so it looks like it is busting out through the front.



My partner took some snaps the morning before I went for the photo shoot…  Still in my pjs (#^.^#)  Here you can see the paper bits of bag cut to make it look like the bird has explosively shoved her head through the bag.

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Some #Bagsie progress

The #BAGSIE collaboration with Soapbox and Sons and Jonathan Knowles is shooting on Tuesday.  I’m very excited!

I’ve been rather slow adding the Work in Progress photos as I’ve been making my bag as I’ve been really busy.  I promise faithfully I will post properly soon, but in the meantime here’s a couple of photos.

Here’s some of my models

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Some doodles:


Some collage and ink



cannot believe it

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silly illustration to make Tuesday more cheerful

Spectrum exhibition

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Here’s my illustration 22.11.2313 which is going to be in the show Spectrum that opens this Friday at the Lauriston in East London.  16 artists and illustrators have made work each using the colour swatch they were given and the work will be shown as a spectrum round the walls.  I can’t wait to see it!  You can find all the details of the show here and my work will be available to buy as a 50 x 70 cm print.

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The boy who cried wolf

I seem to remember the boy getting eaten in the version from my childhood, but he only gets frightened in  the version I just looked up online.  Either way lying probably isn’t hugely advisable…


in case your day wouldn’t be complete without a dachshund playing the banjo, here he is!

line drawing on paper with digital collage.

Secret revealed – postcards for RCA Secret show 2013

This year’s RCA Secret postcard show is complete and all the artists’ names have been revealed. Have a look on their website to see all the artists and cards.  There are some wonderful pieces of work.

Here are the cards that I made. Pear Woman, Tomato Man and Citrus Woman…

They’re all line drawings on translucent paper over collage.

I hope their new owner enjoys them!  I wonder who’s got them?