Keeping busy!

Sorry for the long silence on the blog front. It’s because these days I am normally too busy drawing!

Here’s a sneak peak at at work in progress, a wonderful Redwing feasting on hawthorn berries (I saw my first ever Redwing this winter).

colourful simple hand drawn cartoon illustration of a redwing bird by children's educational wildlife illustrator emma metcalfeI’m also working on Lazy Lords and Poor Old Peasants: a new children’s guidebook for Oakham Castle, lots of lovely illustrations of puffins and pufflings for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, a whole set of new children’s trails for Scarborough Museums, a new children’s trail for The Eling Experience and a project with my good old friends at Castle Howard. I’ve also got several other really interesting projects in the pipeline, so 2018 is shaping up to be a great (but very busy) year.

Exhibitor-Banner-728x90Thinking about a project and want to meet face to face? I’ll be exhibiting at the Museums and Heritage Show in London on the 16th and 17th May 2018 – come and say hello!

Illustrated map of Colchester Cemetery

Bespoke illustrated hand drawn map of Colchester Cemetery showing wildlife species living there by map illustrator Emma Metcalfe
Large format illustrated visitor map for A1 sign boards

Here is my new visitor map for Colchester Cemetery. The client required a bespoke map which would appeal to both casual visitors walking in the area and also those making a special trip to visit the grave of a loved one.

The map needed to be flexible enough to be used in a variety of ways – on large format A1 sign boards, as A4 visitor handouts and also on Colchester Borough Council’s website.

The large format version includes a small selection of many wildlife species that live in the cemetery, including Mutjac deer, woodpeckers, bats and owls.

hand drawn illustration black and white line map illustrated bespoke visitor orientation map of Colchester Cemetery
Smaller, simpler version of the illustrated map for A4 visitor handouts

My Tomb of Tutankhamun illustration has been translated into Catalan!

educational illustration for children of the ancient egyptian tomb of tutankhamun by illustrator emma metcalfe

This is quite exciting – my cutaway illustration of the tomb of Tutankhamun has been translated into Catalan and published in Petit Sapiens, a wonderful children’s history magazine published in Barcelona.

The tomb of Tutankhamun illustration illustration is available to license – please contact me with your requirements.

Illustrated map of 18th Century Worcester for children

Illustrated map to support educational museum workshops with primary school age children

Here’s a recently completed commission for the Museum of Royal Worcester, a lovely illustrated map to help children image what Worcester might have been like during the 18th century.

The map illustration is large format (reproduced as a 1m x 1m floor mat) and will be used as part of schools workshops at the museum, and highlights key landmarks, as well as conveying a general sense of place.

If you are interested in commissioning a hand-drawn illustrated map by Emma, please get in touch to discuss your ideas.

Castle Howard Explorer: New children’s illustrated trail

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Castle Howard were one of my first ever clients, and remain one of my favourites. It’s a magical place, and the team always have lovely, creative ideas and a real sense of fun.

I normally design a new activity for Castle Howard’s children’s trail offering every year or two. This year it was a new page of nature activities based on the Walled Garden. I’m really keen on activities which encourage children to appreciate the natural world, so this was a lovely project.

All the various activities have been combined into a new ‘Castle Howard Explorer’ booklet with a new front cover.

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Therapeutic Flashcards: Using animals to help children talk about their feelings

Illustration of a swan with its signets safely on its back, represents a feeling of safety

I recently enjoyed working on this series of illustrations depicting different emotions using animals. They are for a set of therapeutic ‘feelings cards’ to be used to help children talk about their thoughts and feelings in a fun and non-threatening way.

A Therapeutic Treasure Deck of Sentence Completion and Feelings Cards (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

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The cards are designed to complement a book by the same author, Dr Karen Treisman.

A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Children and Adolescents with Developmental Trauma