Friday, 30 June 2017

Paddington Bear

I was saddened to hear the news that Michael Bond passed away a few days ago. Paddington Bear has always been a favourite of mine (along with many others!). It's a timeless classic and a really wonderful children's book. 🐻

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Mug Full-O-Pun



😁 πŸ˜‚

Friday, 31 March 2017

Digital Drawing

I've been wanting to work on some entirely digital illustrations for a while, so I was quite pleased when I finally found the time to do so this week! I ended up drawing these animal and dino scenes. It was so refreshing to push myself artistically - and really focus on colour and texture. It also felt oddly appropriate to label everything (perhaps it's just a phase?!) Anyway, here they are:

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

World Book Day 2017

For World Book Day this year I visited my old school (eek!) with the super talented Michelle Robinson for a fun day of 'Monkey's Sandwich' activities. Incase you didn't know, 'Monkey's Sandwich' is our shiny new book published by Harper Collins. Here it is:

And incase you've never seen our faces, here we are!

We had a great day inventing, drawing and constructing some crazy sandwiches, reading stories and generally monkeying around. Here's our towering sandwich featuring squirty cream AND mustard... Looks tasty, right?

For me, the best part of the day was live-drawing some absolutely bonkers sandwiches, fuelled by the *interesting* and *unique* suggestions from the kids. Yes - there's an octopus, T-Rex and a car in this sandwich...

(please excuse my bad case of Illustrator's 'claw hand')

We also learned 'How to draw Monkey' step by step, following this handy sheet: 

Everyone had a go at drawing their own monkey, it was really great seeing the all different interpretations.

Check out these amazing artworks by Michelle's own two 
(Yes, I AM worried by the competition!)

If you fancy stepping up to the challenge, you can find this sheet available to download on my website, along with some Monkey's Sandwich colouring in sheets.

All in all, we had a fantastic World Book Day. It was a pleasure and a joy visiting Trinity School - I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who made it happen!

And of course - incase you were wondering, 'Monkey's Sandwich' is available to buy here πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Jungle Book

I've always fancied illustrating the Jungle Book, so I did. πŸ€“πŸπŸ»πŸ…πŸŒ΄πŸ“•
It was great working with a slightly 'wackier' colour palette - mixing bluey purples, hot pinks and zingy greens. Anyway, here are a few illustrations and a speculative cover. Enjoy!

Choo Choo!

Just wanted to share this illustration I did for the wonderful Highlights magazine. It's for a great little article about Owney the Mail Dog, the US Postal Service mascot.

It's always fun drawing trains! Checkout

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Wedding Invitation Floral Motif

I wanted to share a few details from the wedding invitations I recently designed for my Brother and his FiancΓ©. I had great fun mixing fresh greens with vibrant yellows and oranges, a palette which works well for this spring wedding. It's always fun to do a bit of cutting and sticking!

A Day In The Life Of Business Koala

Because this marsupial means business.

A Day In The Life Of Business Koala:

The commute
The coffee
The calls
The number crunching
The filing
The presentations
The meetings

The research
The second coffee
The big decisions
The printer error

Home time
Bed time

Tuesday, 10 January 2017


Hello and a Happy New Year to you!

2016 was a busy year for me and I wanted to share a few highlights. For starters, my Dad returned home after a 18 month stint in hospital. My family adjusted to life with disability, undoubtedly the best bit being Dad's new mobility scooter - a thing of wonder, providing hours of entertainment.

Over summer I decided to make the most of flexible Freelance holiday and managed to get away hiking in both Norway and the Swiss Alps. It was just the dose of nature I needed to recharge my creative batteries.

A happy Emily on a Norwegian mountain top πŸ‘Œ

With the help of my Mum I rediscovered some of my earlier works (i.e. clearing out the attic). It was a real joy going over my old artwork, I recommend digging out your old stuff - if you can find it! I'm particularly proud of this peacock:

(the Dino-foot picture isn't bad either)

On the work side of things, 2016 proved to be a hectic year. I finished off illustrating my second picture book with the wonderful Michelle Robinson. It's called 'Monkey's Sandwich' and will be publishing in Febuary 2017 with Harper Collins. It was an absolute pleasure illustrating Monkey's mischievous shenanigans and I can't wait to see it out in the wild. Keep your eyes peeled!

'Elephant's Pyjamas', the first book I illustrated for Michelle, made it to the small screen in December. It was read on CBeebies as a bedtime story and I was pretty excited to see Ele appear on TV! Alas, I didn't have the foresight to take a quick snap, so this poorly Photoshopped recreation will have to do:

Seems legitimate, right? πŸ€“

2016 also saw the end of the 'Fox Investigates' series, written by the talented Adam Frost and published by Stripes. I've had so much fun illustrating these hilarious stories and can't recommend them enough. Here's the last 3 books of the series:

Watch out for 'A Dash of Poison' publishing in February 2017.

Towards the end of the year I also had the opportunity to work on a picture book with the brilliant Vicki Hargreaves from the Commotion Dance company. The book called 'Where Is Christmas' accompanied Commotion's Christmas Performance of the same title. After a very animal filled year, it was nice to draw some some human-beans!

So that pretty much sums up my year. I also just want to say thanks for all the continued support, it's greatly appreciated. Here's to a 2017 filled with more stories, drawing and travel. Let the good times roll! πŸ‘✌️

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