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Emma Russell

illustration of Type design of the phrase
illustration of I was commissioned to illustrate the tie-in book for cult Netflix show Grace and Frankie. They required spot illustrations throughout, many for the funny
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illustration of Self directed work. For imagined article about remote working and digital/online life. The characters are removed from their different physical environments but joined by the network via which they are working and communicating.
illustration of A small 3D paper sculpture of a cuckoo clock.
illustration of Illustration for London baking and dessert gurus the Meringue Girls, for usage on their brand merchandise. I was commissioned to make a series of illustrations about female friendship and empowerment, this one was a heart shaped enamel pin badge.
illustration of Piece selected for the Secret 7” exhibition, at Mother London in Shoreditch, London, UK.  Record sleeve for Grounds for Divorce by Elbow
illustration of Sparrow paper construction worn as a mask. #BAGSIE is a collaborative project curated by Soapbox & Sons, art directed by Emma Taylor of Creative Advice Network and photographed by Jonathan Knowles.  In February, ten illustrators and artists were chosen to take part.  We each made a self portrait on a paper bag exposing some internal element of ourselves.  These were exhibited at Proud Archivist London and collated in a publication.
illustration of One of a large number of drawings animated for training videos for KPMG.
illustration of Repeat pattern initially drawn for the Little Free Libraries Project UK and subsequently used for print design through Art Rookie UK


Hello, I’m Emma, a freelance illustrator in London. I make drawings, patterns and paper constructions to communicate ideas and stories in an accessible way. My quirky characters and distinctive colours have attracted an exciting range of, often returning, clients. Amongst others in the last year, I have illustrated the cult Netflix series “Grace & Frankie”’s first tie-in book, a London council’s events advertising and the package label for an indie wine merchant’s foray into excellent small-run gin making. In my 2D work I make ink drawings often with a muted candy colour palette inspired by vintage fashion. In my 3D work I craft objects and dioramas from paper. Themes of mythology, humour, womanhood and memory often pop up in my work and I’m inspired by the meeting of natural and urban environments around me. I’m curious, flexible, experienced at meeting tight editorial deadlines and can deal sensitively with tricky subjects. My illustrations have appeared in all kinds of settings from books, through beer cans, to heritage signage. I grew up by the sea in Devon and now live in east London with a large flock of imaginary animals, who often sneak into my work and a real dog who often sneaks into my kitchen. Clients include: BBC, Octopus Books, Girl Friday Productions, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Netflix, Flashpoint Books for Skydance TV, Chemist + Druggist magazine, The Guardian, Construction Manager magazine, KPMG, Time Out magazine, Meringue Girls, Nestle, Shapeshifter Productions, RCA, Old Tat Magazine, Symonds Cider, The Observer Food Monthly, Famous Grouse. My work was selected for Secret 7” 2020, TASCHEN’s 2018 compendium “Food & Drink Infographics: A Visual Guide to Culinary Pleasure”. Shows include: Secret 7”, Mail Me Art, House of Illustration Illustrators’ Fair, Combat Stress Secret Postcard Auction, RCA Secret, Amwell Print Fair, The Things I Think About When I Think About Thinking at The Hanbury, #BAGSIE at The Proud Archivist, London Illustration Fair.


Animation, Black & White, Calligraphy, Conceptual, Cut Paper, Design, Digital, Figurative, Fine Art, Lettering, Line, Line with Color, Paper Sculpture, Pen & Ink, Type Design, Decorative, Pattern, Whimsical, Film/Entertainment, Pop-Up


Humor, Animals, Computers, Corporate, Editorial, Family, Fashion/Cosmetics, Food, Information Graphics, Leisure, Music, Nature, People, Posters, Product, Technology, Food/Beverage, Lifestyle, Feminine, Edgy, Branding, Surface Design