Emma Russell

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Reichenbach Falls

reichenbach falls

Illustration for Amelia’s Magazine to accompany a review of Oxford band Reichenbach Falls.  You can see the article here

To be honest, this hasn’t finished up exactly as I saw it in my mind, it’s weirdly flat! It was interesting to use deeper colours than usual however, and I enjoyed the intricacies of drawing evergreen trees

wild seas for IF

wild seas for Illustration Friday the wild seas are harbouring this monster of the deep. but maybe he’s just helping the ship through the waves.

he’s hand cut cartridge paper.  people are often surprised by how tiny these things are in the flesh, so here;s a picture of him with a hairgrip for comparison.

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?

rabbit hearted girl

rabbit hearted girl

i drew this after using the phrase “rabbit hearted girl” when describing a fear of something that I was trying to get past.  But it turns out this could be an accidental homage to a song! I looked “rabbit hearted” up to find out if is a phrase and i’ve found “rabbit heart” is a florence+the machine song.  i don’t know how that passed me by when she’s so famous!

Bear with me 3D

Bear with me

Bear and I are exploring the woodland around a country home, which fits rather neatly into this week’s Illustration Friday topic, “explore”

Here’s a close up

3d illustration, hand cut cartridge paper.

IF Suspend

This week’s Illustration Friday topic is “suspend”.   I’ve always enjoyed suspending my disbelief and losing myself in stories and tall tales.  

I think if someone told me a herd of Tamworths were passing the window, flying in perfect formation, I’d glance outside before I questioned the story!  Here’s a piglet getting a little flying practice in.  He’s made of hand cut cartridge paper.  


IF Space

Illustration Friday’s subject this week is “Space”

These are the sparrows that cluster in the tree outside my living room window, jostling and shouting at each other for space while waiting for their turn on the bird feeder.  I love to watch them chatter at each other or nestling down amongst the leaves.

IF Puzzled

Here’s “foxed” my piece for this week’s Illustration Friday topic “Puzzled”.  How does she do that?

It’s line drawing on semi transparent paper over a collage.  In a crazed break (well, ok not crazy, but I’m trying to sound rock n roll!) with tradition I scanned the two pieces separately and put them together digitally.  I worry sometimes that the colours get a little lost when I scan or photograph the whole thing as a piece.  The colours are meant to be muted that’s why I use the overlaid paper, but not too fuzzy.

I think this seems to have worked pretty well, it looks fresher. I’d love to hear anyone else’s thoughts on it?

Here’s a snap of the whole thing as a piece for comparison:

And of the line drawing on its own

IF Prepare

After an unseasonably warm winter so far, the frost is here and the wind is starting to bite.  I reckon it’s time to start preparing for winter.

I’ve got my plants ready for it, extra food is going out for the winter birds visiting and, even better, I have a beautiful new coat to keep out the chill.   Here’s a wintry woman to remind me to prepare for the coming cold and snow.  I wonder if she knows where I left those grey leg warmers…

Ink line drawing on translucent paper with collage

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