Sunday 12 December 2010

Tales of Adventure

Just a quick hello today (I'm busy being in a onsie and drinking tea).
I thought I'd show you my freshly painted illustration called 'Tales of Adventure'. 
It's loosely based on my boyfriend and his love* of books.

Note the cool toys on the shelf, I had most of those when I was little - yeaah Stegasaurus!

Well, have a nice evening blog-looker-atters


Tuesday 7 December 2010

Autumn turning into Winter

Hello lovely people!
I hope the winter's not too chilly for you.

I have two paintings to show you today.
Yes! Paintings! I've mostly been drawing in ink and digitally colouring recently (due to lack of a scanner).  But for these, I dusted off my gouache paints and slopped them onto paper to warm your eyes.

I'm proud of the autumny one, I think it's one of the best illustrations I've done.  What do you think?
I hope you like them.

If you're on Tumblr, I have an account there now too!  It's mostly for images I like to feed your imaginations rather than my work (which this blog is for).  If you are on Tumblr then please recommend me for the illustration directory too! 

Have a nice week!

Thursday 18 November 2010

Happy November Time!

Hello everyone! It's been a while, I hope you've all been having a great time.

This is a bit overdue, but I like it and I want to show you.  
These are my design sketches for my halloween pumpkin! (yeah, see I told you...overdue!)

Now for something up to date and EXCITING!
Recently, Miff Weaver, James Burlinson and I decided to collaborate with our pencil skillz (yes with a Z) and illustrate a portrait of each other.  Our names were put into a tiny hat and picked who we'd draw.

This is my illustration of James

See Miff's drawing of me here
See James' drawing of Miff here

As a extra time super fun bonus here's the drawing of Jackie Chan from the collab illustration, but bigger and with better colours!

Ooh! Some other quite nice news...I've been written about on the wonderful Ellie BellieKids blog.  It's got a little interview bit and images from my Clouds and Weather Systems book (remember that one?) 
Have a read here and have a look at the really fun children's things on here

So then my lovelies, have a wonderful time until my next update when I'll wish you a lovely time again.
Come and say hello to me on twitter @emmelinedraws making friends is nice.

Friday 29 October 2010

A feast for the eyes!

Hey guys,

I'm writing this now as a way of taking a break from pumpkin carving.
'Why?!' you ask!
'Why would you tear yourself away from such an awesome event?!'
Well, I just accidentally stabbed my wrist with a scalpel, not badly, but it scared me alot seeing as during my last major scalpel incident I sliced the tip of my thumb off in uni and had to go to A&E (I have a bit of a thing about wrists/viens etc too) so I felt woozy and as everyone knows, when you feel woozy - update your blog.

I have quite alot of visualiez to show you today!
I'll start by serving you the delicious starter of a potential cover (competition entry) for the online magazine Brikolage.

The title of the next issue is Old Age, and the cover needed to be inspired by Rossco Galloway.

It was lots of fun to draw many many dancing old people. 
Even if I don't make the cover the illustration will be in the magazine, so look out for a posting in the future!

Now! The main course of three illustrations I've done this past week for Amelia's Magazine.

These first two are for an article about the Museum of Everything in London, from the title I suppose you can tell that there's alot of interesting stuff there, and you'd be right!
These two illustrations represent just a couple of things you can see there, sideshow posters and lots of cool doll things! ace!

Apparantly the snake lady is me, but I digress, I don't have ANY snakes - so there.

This next illustration is also for Amelia's Magazine, showing off the extravagant make up of Alex Box.

It's a slightly different style for me! Well it was for a fashion article... I'm rather happy with it :) What do you think?

Okay! Dessert time - yeaaah.

This is just a little doodle I did a while ago when I didn't really realise I was drawing. I quite like it so I thought I'd show it to you. I hope you like it too!

Well, that's all I've got for you in my bag today lovelies.
Have an amazing Halloween! (p.s. what are you dressing up as?)

Thursday 21 October 2010

Second time today!

Second blog update of the day?!?! Blimey! I must've been working hard.
I'll keep it short and sweet.

A happy halloween themed illustration!
and a quick, cute illustration to be a new background for my twitter profile!

That's all! Let me know what you think. Over and out.


Hey everyone, I hope you're all having a wonderful time today!
I've just finished some painted goodies for you, fresh from the metaphorical oven.  
I had quite a bit of trouble with them due to the lack of a good scanner...I had to photograph the paintings and then spend hours correcting the colours to compensate for the rubbish photo quality *stops complaining*.

Well anyway, here's some history for your face!

I've been wanting to draw some Tudors for a while now, I especially love the Queen's variety of cool hats.
Let me know what you think of them! I'm considering doing a whole lot more of famous faces, just to fill in the gaps between other ideas.

Yesterday, my work was featured on the blogsite Balad Of... , which is lovely, hopefully I'm making a slight name for myself on tinternet!

In personal news, I have a nice new laptop and I had lots of fun nesting for winter redecorating the bedroom with Andrew (have a look at this weekend , it's really nice now and the mouldy 60's 3D wallpaper is finally gone.

I also went on a lovely Autumn walk yesterday, I found five shiny shiny shiny conkers and left them in places that they could grow (rather than on the road or being smashed up by kids).
Here's a pretty photo I took on my travels, I hope it makes your eyes happy and snug.

Bye bye! 

Thursday 14 October 2010

Things to tell you

Hello blog and blogreaders.
I hope you're all doing great, if not, you should probably cosy up with a cup of tea and read something nice.

Turns out I didn't win the Mythic Coastline children's book competition, however, on the bright-side..
I was selected as one of six shortlisted from 150 entrants!

So that's pretty darn good eh?
This is how I felt when I found out :

I had to stand up infront of four judges in an auditorium and give a presentation of my work on a huge projector.  I think I talked them through it all pretty well (although I was quaking in my boots).  Had a pretty long Q & A session with them too.  A couple of the judges apparantly loved my work and if any other projects come up 'more suited to my work' they're going to get in touch - so here's hopin'.

In other news,  I've recently been featured on
which is lovely :)  and a really ace website too, so go and have a look.
(shh, but, I think I'm going to be featured soon in a few other cool places...I'll let you know!)

I've also updated my website and had a bit of a re-jig with images and the about page. 
Oh! I bought a new laptop too (I had my other one for about six years and it was really wearing out).

This old drawing I've done of a boy with a magpie is unrelated to anything here.

I've also been drawing a picture of Henry VIII (and some of his wives) but I accidentally drew him with two legs to redrew new ones on top.  Now he's a four-legged Henry VIII. Which is pretty cool.

Well, have a fantastic rest-of-week.

Monday 27 September 2010

Mythic Coastline

Well how do you do my dears?
I hope you're all doing wonderfully.

I've got two illustrations to show you today, painted lovingly for a competition based around promoting the spirtual/mythical/historical coastline between Cleveleys and Fleetwood in Lancashire.

We got give a moodboardy-brainstorm type image to respond to, and this is, er, how I responded!

I hope you like them (and I hope the judges like them too...).

Tell me what you think! 

Also, I now have a twitter account so if you're a tweeterer then please tweet my way.

(on a side note, I just semi-crashed my computer and all the text in this blog had crazy lines going through it...)
(on another side note, I've realised I've already told you about my twitter page, I'm sorry to mildly hound you.  Although I suppose if you didn't see the last post then now you know don't you?)
(on another another side note, much like on a piano, I've been interviewed and have four illustrations coming up in the Flex falmouth magazine. wheyyy)

Friday 17 September 2010


Hello! Nice to see you again.

I have a few little feasts for your eyes, more like snacks really then I suppose...well anyway, they're a small selection of doodles and drawings from my current take-it-everywhere-with-me sketchbook.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy your faces.

That last one there is inspired by a book I'm reading at the moment called 'Goodbye Tsugumi' by Banana Yoshimoto - which is ace so far.

In other news, I now have a tiny favicon on my website - 

if you can't's a tiny red pencil drawing a tiny red squiggly line.

Also! I now have a twitter page 
I really am very confused about how the hell twitter works at the moment, I'll either get used to it, or fail miserably and never use it again. I'll keep you updated as to which path my destiny flows towards.

Well...I hope you have a lovely morning/day/evening/nighttime,
remember to come and say hello.
Here is a picture of me for you to stick on your wall if you like. 

Thursday 26 August 2010

Conversation about life #1

Hello! How are you?
It's been a while hasn't it?

Yes, I'm pretty good thankyou.
I graduated from Falmouth BA (Hons) Illustration in July with a 2.1 (nearly a 1st) and I'm represented by Advocate agency now ( ).  I went to visit them yesterday in London after a lovely weekend with friends.

Ummmm, I've redesigned my website a bit - changed the titles (made them a little more grown-up), divided up some sections, made the images bigger etc.  Do you like it? I'm not sure if you can remember what the old one looks like, but I hope you think it's better now.

What've you been doing with your summer?

I'm back into drawinnnnggg yay! I've been sketching most of this gloriously rainy day, and painting a little bit too - though I'm very dissapointed with the Designers gouache I bought, it dosn't compare to the Windsor&Newton stuff - oh well.

Oh! Today is my mum and dad's silver (25th) wedding anniversary so I made them this lovely picture:

They do look almost exactly like that, but...real, not a drawing.  They're having a big party soon and I'm quite excited about it.

I'm sorry I don't have very much to say, it was nice to see you!
We should meet up again soon and I'll show you some more drawings if you like.


Friday 28 May 2010


Just to be ironic, I decided to complete my icy snowglobe project over the few hottest days ever.
Started this one back in January but got stuck on the story phase and never got any finished artworks.

The story's about a little girl at some unspecified point in time who is searching for firewood unsuccessfully.
She meets a little boy who tells her that there's good pickin's of firewood in the forest, but she's been told not to go there.  Well...she goes anyway, and they get caught by an evil forest witch who protects the woods.  The boy begs her not to hurt the girl as he made her go there, so the witch traps the boy in a snowglobe.
The girl grows up treasuring the snowglobe and the boy trapped inside.
She goes back to the witch three times to ask her to release him, and on the third time the witch smashes the snowglobe.
The girl thinks that the boy is dead..but that evening he appears from a snowstorm and they are together and in love forever.

Monday 17 May 2010

Bicycles, smoothies, planes and

Ahhh so the New York trip did not feel the urge to become destiny. Silly plane strikes.
Well, hopefully it will be postponed until June where we can rebook our appointments and wow the big apple.

Below is a poster I knocked out in a few hours one morning. I had doodled these characters a while ago and
was searching for some way to put them into context - Innocent smoothies seemed perfect. So there we go!

This is an image I finished about five minutes ago and entered for the AOI cycling competition.
I'm happy with it! it looks like a lovely patchwork quilt.

On other notes:

My business cards came - I'll show you a picture soon.

I had a lovely birthday on Saturday.

Thursday 29 April 2010

New! Improved!


Well, it's been a good week for completion, yes yes indeed.
Firstly, Poppy and The Origami Bird has now become a full dummy book with four final artworks (and thousands of pages of prep work and character paintings)!
I've sent it off, along with the Clouds and Weather Systems information book to Macmillan as entries to the Macmillan Prize competition - we'll see how that pans out!

My Illustrated Quote image for the Falmouth Illustration Third Year book is done done done.
'Those who were dancing looked quite insane by those who couldn't hear the music' - Angela Monet.

I wanted to showcase all the things I like to paint, namely clouds, fun characters, monsters, clouds, blossom trees and birds.
I can't wait to see the finished book, I'm sure it's going to be ace, there are so many talented people on the course.

Finally, yesterday I finished off two posters to form a series with the Aussie shampoo advert I'd done a few months ago.  I had a few ideas flash into my head in the morning and just went with it, I think the project has become much more substancial being a trio.

Well, that's about it at the moment!
I have lots of projects lined up, preparations for the New York business trip coming up (a few appointments booked!) and my website will be up tomorrow hopefully! ( )

I hope I see your lovely digital faces soon.

Monday 8 March 2010

Ominous "PROJECT X"

I was asked to illustrate a small section of 'Macbeth for kids'.  The part I was given was towards the start where the three witches are on the heath with the mist and storm etcetc...

Couldn't go any bigger than A5 with it, which is considerably smaller than I usually work, but oh well.  I wanted to keep the witches awaaaaayyy from that whole stereotypical big-nosed-green-hag thang, so I worked with the ideas that witches are associated with shapeshifting/animals and such.  I like that it looks like they're just dressed up in creepy animal costumes too.

Saturday 6 March 2010

Aussie? I see.


Well, I've been doing lots of work on my current origami themed children's book, but you're not allowed to see that just yet..teehee!

However, I'll throw this into your eyes instead:

I finished this poster off really quickly, which was a wonderful feeling! I like to do little projects between hefty kids books and get things finished. I painted the hair, used pencils for the linework on the hair, bottles, logo etc and digital for the rest - whey!

I hope you have a lovely day.

Friday 5 February 2010

Oh i am a slow loris.

"Long time no see!" you might say. Well, you'd be right. I haven't uploaded a jot for two months, but now, as a distraction from finishing my dissertation about Monsters I bring you three things I've been doing...

Number one

This is the cover for my finished children's information book Clouds and Weather Systems.

Lovely lovely. I'm very happy with it, Alan Male said he thought it was 'bloody good' so that's nice.  There are a few spreads from it up on the V&A website that I entered for the Student Illustration awards.

I really like painting birds and clouds so this was a pretty appropriate project.

Number two!

Another things I really like doing recently:.....ORIGAMI.  Mmmm, a little obsessed at the moment.  There are paper birds, butterflies and beetles adorning my desk.

Fold fold fold fold fold fold fold fold fold.

Anyway, I wanted to somehow weedle in some origami to a project, or two, so I've made a flyer for a sushi delivery service in London called YouMe Sushi.  There are instructions on the bottom of it for you to make your own origami prawn (which I made up...whey!) and you can tear off the top 3/4 to use as the square of paper to make it.  Then the plan is that you want to make the prawn again, so you keep the instructions, and therefore keep the contact details for the business...sneaky sneaks.
 I've also jammed origami into the book I'm illustrating/writing at the moment about a bored girl who finds an origami dot dot.

Number three!

This is a project I finished yesterday so I could get it in with the other work for assessment. I'd nearly given up on it and thought it looked terrible, but add brown paper to anything and you're on to a winner.  Well, not a winner but I think it looks quite good.  It's a book jacket for After Dark, a short novel by Haruki Murakami, a really great author so go and read The Wind Up Bird Chronicle now, or failing this, read Kafka on The Shore, but I haven't read that one yet....I hear it's brilliant.

Actually I have a number four too...

It's a poster for a National Trust nationwide event where you can go along and make lovely paper flowers.  They want to make the largest garden of paper flowers the world has ever seen, and with a message teaching about keeping your garden environmentally friendly - naww.

Well that's that. I hope you all have really lovely days.