Emma Russell

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March meet the maker day 15 to day 20

Some more from the March Meet the Maker instagram challenge.

Day 15 – work clothes.

Studio “uniform” and my client meeting uniform. In the studio it’s all layers and comfort so for meetings I relish the chance to wear my “outside” clothes and tend towards one of my favourite skirts & colourful shoes, dressed down with a plain top. This is interspersed at regular intervals with muddy dog walking clobber! I dream of being Katharine Hepburn but I’m often more Worzel Gummidge!


Day 16 – Time to relax

Time to relax by getting near some trees and sky, preferably with the dog. If there’s no time for the forest or the marshes then the park is lovely, especially as spring is making everything shine, look at this willow. Despite it being years since i moved from Devon, I still miss the sea and Dartmoor, but forest, marsh and river cover the gap! If not trotting about outside i relax with cake, naps, books, pubs and, my guilty secret, *whispers* tv & radio detective dramas (don’t tell anyone)

Day 17 – Feedback

I think this is my favourite bit of client feedback ever. These words were emailed with three exclamation marks and I’m sure a twinkle in the eye. I’m protecting the client’s anonymity!


Day 18 – Hyperlapse

Here’s a link to the video:  www.instagram.com/p/BRySXhAgxn7

An app for timelapse or slow mo video. Today I’m working on something that i can’t share yet so i filmed my tea break instead… In heroic slow motion! That’s right, I’m drinking that tea and eating that cake so you don’t have to.


Day 19 – Helper

My helper is Holly dog. She tries not to let studio work get in the way of her important sleep research. Greyhounds are perfect studio pets, a very peaceful presence, they love to kip and be near their humans. She has an important job, making sure i leave my desk for a walk twice a day and for lunch!


Day 20 – Sketchbook.

Link to the video: https://www.instagram.com/p/BR3aixRg01h

I use basic A4 kraft-backed sketchbooks each dated with start&finish on the front. It’s not pretty. They’re not for human consumption! They’re for initial sketches, thinking, planning, notes, so i don’t spend time on them looking in any way finished or “nice”. Everything starts in one of these. It may go off to be developed in a layout pad or on individual sheets of paper, but this is thinking space. This is my most recent sketchbook.

March meet the maker

I’m doing the Instagram challenge “Meet the Maker” this month. It was invented by Joanne Hawker as a way to tell the story of your designer maker business. It’s so much fun seeing everyone’s workplaces, process and faces!

Day 1 – You

Day 2 – Favourite to make

Day 3 – Workspace


Day 4 – Tools

Day 5 – Boomerang

I’m not sure how to place a Boomerang so here’s a link to it!

Day 6 – Raw materials

Day 7 – How it’s made

Day 8 – Where

Day 9 – Work in progress



Thought bubbles for Nestle

I enjoyed making a bunch of simple little thought bubbles with lettering for Nestle. They were overlaid on training videos showing best practice and worst practice for managers.

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Pinky Promise illustration for Meringue Girls Bakery

First of five illustrations for Meringue Girls merchandise, “Pinky Promise”.

This has been produced as an adorable enamel badge. There are still a few left at www.meringuegirls.co.uk/shop/pinky-promise-enamel-pin-2/


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I’m back baby

I’m back baby, I’m back. I was so excited to be back on Instagram after a long period without it that I made a little bit of handdrawn type. My old phone was too decrepit to run any apps, now I am the proud possessor of a shiny new piece of modernity. Suddenly realised after I wrote this where the quote was from… George Costanza! Not the perfect role model.



You’re My Kind of Freak

You’re My Kind of Freak an untraditional message for the love of your life just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s available now from Art Rookie on cards, tees, prints http://artrookie.co.uk/HelloEmma

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Drawing Dave

Drawing Dave is a project by Dan Genders put together to raise money for the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK, in memory of the wonderful Roger Lloyd Pack.

With such a good cause and a funny excuse to draw I was delighted to take part.

Here are my Daves:


I admit this might be cheating! A painting of the word Dave. It’s got some lovely rose gold colour on the words which hasn’t shown up so well in the scan, but overall it looks nice and crispy in the flesh.

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One of my favourite Davids, David Lynch in a slightly whimsical ink drawing.

You can find more information about Drawing Dave here http://www.facebook.com/DrawDave Do stop by and check it out and you can find out about visiting the show, buying some work and donating some cash!

Observer Food Monthly Magazine – Building a BBQ Smoker


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Advertorial for The Observer and Symonds Cider on how to build your own meat (or fish or veg) smoker in your BBQ.

Get a grip

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Here’s a little “motivation” for you all. I sure need it.

Here’s the doodle in my sketchbook that started me thinking and then an inked version from further along.

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Casablanca print in True Romance at East End Prints


True Romance, an exhibition of movie and romance themed prints, is on from 6th February until 17th February at East End Prints, 70 Paul Street, EC2A.  More details here on East End Prints website. It includes my print Casablanca, based on the airport scene with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

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It’s unusually sparse for me! No line work. I stripped away all the detail as I was working as it’s a very recognisable scene. It allowed me to combine both figures into one silhouette. By the way the etymology of the word silhouette is fascinating and I only recently learned it, you can read about it here.

Here’s some of the steps of this illustration.


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