Emma Russell

Emma Russell's illustration blog

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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



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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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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Illo advent

I joined in with Illo Advent on Twitter this year – a quick sketch or illustration each day of advent, like a digital advent calendar. I got a bit busy with work as Christmas drew near so I stopped before the big day. I was surprised how much of a mixed bag I made – sketches, ink drawings, cut paper 3d  pieces. Here are a few of them.


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Art on a Postcard x Culture Label postcard lottery

To coincide with ‪‎World Hepatitis Day‬ on 28th July, Art on A Postcard and Culture Label launched a £10 postcard lottery. Lottery tickets are on sale until 1st September. Tickets offer you a chance to win a postcard sized original artwork by artists including Daisy Emerson, Robbie Porter, Jon Burgeerman, Jake & Dinos Chapman. And me! My print and painting “Dream Painting Blue Indigo” is one of the prizes.

Go to this link for more information and tickets http://bit.ly/22Y4cTL

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Plaque for Creekmouth Village.

I am thrilled that the Creekmouth Village plaque has been erected. This is the first time I’ve ever seen my name engraved on steel! I was commissioned to draw a populated map illustration and illustrated story panels for a commemorative plaque at the site of Creekmouth village in London. This is certainly one of the most unusual “friendly infographic” pieces I’ve done!

The illustration has been engraved into a steel plate and mounted on a concrete plinth in the Creekmouth Open Space. Creekmouth Village was built on the banks of the Thames in east London by victorian agricultural scientist Sir John Bennet Lawes, for workers at his fertiliser factory, and was destroyed in the 1950s by flooding. A regeneration project was started in 2005 and there is now a park (Creekmouth Open Space) on the banks of the river. For more information about Creekmouth see the Creekmouth Preservation Society http://creekmouth.net/ The agency for this project was the design studio http://objectif.co.uk who did the design, lettering and layout of the plaque. This project was unusual as, given the size of the plaque and the level of detail, I largely worked on computer only – drawing directly on my Wacom tablet rather than drawing in pen then scanning and editing.

The engraved illustration in situ:

The plaque 1 The plaque 2

The map drawing:

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The panels:

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Some details from the map:

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creekmouth detail front row

creekmouth detail plane

creekmouth detail pond square

creekmouth detail pub

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!

Make your own cheese for The Guardian and Symonds Cider

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Here’s my series of drawings in The Guardian’s Do Something magazine, 7th November. Make your own cheese for The Guardian and Symonds Cider.

A lovely job for a lovely picture editor and designer team. I’d happily do a set of drawings every week for these guys!

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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.

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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