Emma Russell

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Folio Society competition 2015

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:

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

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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.

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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.


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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.

This week illustrated goodies for sale at House of Illustration

From 29th November to 7th December House of Illustration’s shop is expanding into an illustrators’ fair which has some of my work in it.  My prints, bags and badges will all be there.

House of Illustration is at 2 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4BH.

Here are pics of one or two of the products there:

badges goldfish tote bag

flamingo rucksack hare bear pear tote bag icecream tote double scoop long handles emma russell flamingo cat villains

Illustration Fair at House of Illustration

I had a great time at the Illustration Fair on 22nd June, here’s a few pictures of my stand.

Firstly here’s the collage backdrop I made to look like a weird granny’s living room complete with fake power socket painted on.  There’s a bear, bird and beetroot damask patterned “wallpaper” below the picture rail and a very fetching grey stripe above, also a grey paper standard lamp and chandelier.  It was fun making a >2m sq collage, but in retrospect, for future shows I would keep my backdrop more plain, it was a bit distracting from my prints!

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and here’s some photos of everything in situ.  Most of the prints are also available from my Folksy or Etsy shops.

The bags, cards and tea towels will be online shortly.

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An invitation to the Illustrators’ Fair – Sunday 22nd June

Sunday 22nd June 11am – 6pm

This Sunday I will be exhibiting at House of Illustration’s Illustrators’ Fair.  Come along and visit!   There will 102 illustrators showing and selling work, running workshops, organising games, live drawing and all sorts, alongside food and music to keep you all going! I’ll be taking prints, greetings cards, paper sculptures, printed bags and tea towels. You can preorder your FREE entry ticket here on eventbrite.

House of Illustration (the home of all things illustration, here‘s a run down of their projects over the years from their creation by Quentin Blake and Emma Chichester Clark)  are opening a new home in the heart of the new Kings Cross Granary Square development, also home to Central St Martins art school.   This fair is part of their house warming season for their new HQ.

Here’s the flyer:


and two prints that will be making their debuts:

cat villains