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.

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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Follow-the-footprints-brass-rubbing-woodland-trail-for-castle-howard-by-illustrator-emma-metcalfewild-in-the-walled-garden-illutrated-children's-garden-nature-activities-by-emma-metcalfe-for-castle-howardWhere's my home, match the baby animal to its home illustrated puzzle activitiy by emma metcalfe

 

Birds, Beasts & Medieval Treasures: St Mary’s Church, Nottingham

Front cover showing interior of St Mary's Church with lion and unicorn illustrated cartoon charactersIllustrated children's trail depicting animals to spot around the church

I really enjoyed working collaboratively with Jarrold Publishing on this new children’s activity trail for St Mary’s Church in Nottingham. The trail contains two activities, a Beast Hunt aimed at younger children, and a more general trail identifying the church’s main features.

The lion and unicorn characters are based on statues in the church.

Illustrated map of the historic City of London: Dr Johnson’s House

Illustration of the City of London in the 1700s during the life of Dr Johnson

I really enjoyed working on this bespoke illustrated map of the historic City of London in the 1700s, commissioned by Dr Johnson’s House. Dr Samuel Johnson was a prolific writer, perhaps best known for writing the first modern dictionary of the English language published in 1755.

17 Gough Square (the house where he lived whilst writing his famous dictionary) is a fascinating place but rather small. I was commissioned to devise and illustrate a walking trail with the aim of  allowing visitors to extend their visit outside the house itself, and to give a sense of what the City of London was like during Johnson’s lifetime.

The trail features famous sites such as St Paul’s Cathedral and The Old Bailey, but also hidden gems such as Cutlers’ Hall, St Bride’s Church and Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub.

One of the challenges in creating this trail was the rapidly changing skyline of the City of London. With so many buildings seemingly being built, demolished, extended and remodelled every day, I opted to focus in on the details of just the historic buildings, suggesting the locations of more modern buildings with simple outlines.

I also enjoyed the challenge of creating a map which echoes the visual style of maps from the 1700s.

Read more about commissioning a bespoke illustrated map.

Illustrated Roman characters: Colchester Castle

Wealthy Roman lady sitting down admiring reflection in hand mirror (circa AD 61)I was commissioned by Colchester Castle to create two illustrated Roman characters to form part of an exhibition of Roman jewellery from the Fenwick Hoard. The characters are intended to help visitors imagine the kind of people who might have owned such jewellery. Working with Colchester Castle, I created characters based on a retired Roman soldier and his wife. Their costumes and hairstyles are appropriate for the period around AD61, when it is thought that the Hoard was buried.

 

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