Emma Russell

Emma Russell's illustration blog

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IF highlight

Hello again Illustration Friday.  It’s been far too long.

This week’s topic is “Highlight”.  As nature abhors a vacuum, so something in me hates to see a gap that could be filled with a pun!  So my high light, is.  I love old industrial lamps and the personalities they all seem to have. This illustration is collage with a line drawing.

There’s a couple of other versions below, a pencil and ink drawing, and my more usual collage with a translucent overlay.

IF Silent

Two doodles this week for Illustration Friday

Silent. What else but a giraffe playing charades?  Someone once told me that giraffes are silent.  Mute.  I’ve since found out that this isn’t true, but it seems it’s a fairly widespread belief.  I used to enjoy visiting the giraffe house at my local zoo when i was a child, when they did seem silent brushing back and forth between their paddock and the warm, hay smelling hush of their inside quarters.

I figured if they are silent then I bet they’re demons at charades.  No temptation to speak, they’d be master mimes!   I have a toy giraffe who rejoices in the name of Godfrey and sits around on a shelf in my house so he started out as my muse.  there’s some sketchbook down the bottom of this.

Another thing that floated into my brain was “silent as the grave”.   I imagined the Count lying back in his coffin for a day’s rest, keeping the grave silent by using headphones while he rocks out.

Both of these are ink line drawing with collage.  There’s things i’d change if they were going to be “finished” drawings, and there’s something decidedly unnerving about Godfrey getting his mime on. but they’ve raised a smile for me.  and how often do you get to say “i’m in a rush, sorry about the paper everywhere and there’s a vampire in the scanner”

some sketchbook


IF Stripes

“Stripes” for Illustration Friday              This is a cartridge paper construction I made as a sort of little film set that I lit for optimum stripiness.  Like the tv and tree narrative further down my blog, I wanted to keep it looking papery and matte.

alternative lighting angle

IF Contraption

Here’s the contraption that I live my life in, the body that carries me around.  I’m not sure it’s really biologically accurate.

There’s a Mirah song I’m very fond of called ‘Engine Heart’.  I’ve wilfully taken her entirely literally!  Although, saying that, here I have more of a pump heart.

IF Ferocious

The topic for Illustration Friday this week is Ferocious.  Grrrrr.  So here’s a self portrait (if only I were that cute!)

Ink and paint on acetate with collage

IF Mesmerizing

The topic for IF this week was “Mesmerizing”.  These people are mesmerised and it looks like they’re all mesmerised by you.  Run for your lives!  Or not, they look pretty friendly really.

This is my second week doing Illustration Friday!  I am so glad I stumbled on it, I was really excited about Friday rolling around.

Line drawing, acrylics