I have been working with a German publisher on a series of illustrations for therapy flashcards. Each one uses an animal to represent a particular emotion (e.g. feeling happy or carefree) or a concept (e.g. co-operation/teamwork).
The flashcards are designed for adults, so it was really important that the animals didn’t look too cartoony or babyish, but still needed to be expessive, allowing the viewer to empathise and get a sense of the emotion.
As a freelancer for over 10 years now, it can be easy to get bogged down and not leaving yourself with any time for reflection and planning, lurching from one project to another.
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough paint a mural for one of my favourite clients, Burghley House in Stamford. I’d done some similar (much smaller), similar things before but nothing on this scale (5.5m x just under 3m) and with this level of detail.
Painting this mural was challenging, exhausting, asbsorbing and absolutely amazing. I could have made things easier for myself with a simpler design, but it became an absolute labour of love.
Painting this mural certainly made my heart beat faster. I would love to do more work like this. Get in touch if you have any ideas or opportunities!
Here’s a new children’s trail leaflet design for Gunnersbury Park in London. The brief was to produce a park trail to encourage families to explore the parkland. The trail is map-based and encourages families to do a different activity at various locations around the park. The trail encourages families to spot birds and insects and emphasises that most insects are beneficial in the garden.
The activities on the reverse can be completed at home or in the café. I always try to make sure all my puzzles and activities are relevant to the site and educational. I really enjoy projects that focus on wildlife and conservation and encouraging children (and their parents) to care about wildlife and take action to help.
After many years in Sheffield, I’ve got on my bike and moved to Nottingham. Nottingham seems like a really creative, exciting city and I’m looking forward to finding out what’s going on and finding a studio community to join.
My phone number and contact info is still the same – 0114 360 6233, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 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.