Thursday, 31 March 2016

Mother & Baby Bear

A couple of weeks ago I had a couple of hours to spare so I sat down and did some drawing with no specific aim in mind. The result was this scene of a mother and baby bear in a leafy mountain scene.
I played around with the colours quite a few times on this one before deciding on this palette.
This was a fun illustration to create and made a nice change from the fairytale and classic story inspired pieces I've been working on (more to come next week!)

Emma Margaret Illustration Bears 2016

Friday, 18 March 2016

Penny the Parakeet

Emma Margaret Illustration Bear Parakeet 2016
Penny the Parakeet
I know I keep mentioning the new colouring books! I promise they are on their way and will be in the shop soon. Penny the Parakeet is one of 4 birds that will be in the new edition of Animal World. I'll be continuing to share coloured versions of the images of the next few weeks as colouring inspiration for once they're available!

Thursday, 17 March 2016


Today I have another preview of the illustrations from the new colouring books.
This one is a slightly altered version of a page from the new edition of Positive Thoughts.
You are so loved...

Emma Margaret Illustration Loved 2016

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Out of this World

I doodled this idea in one of my mini sketchbooks a few months ago and had forgotten about it. I found it again recently and decided to develop it into a finished illustration...
You're out of this world!

This illustration will be featuring in the new edition of my Positive thoughts colouring book, due to be ready for sale in the next few weeks!

Monday, 14 March 2016


This week's fairytale was a new one to me: Drakestail.
Its about a small duck who is owed money by the King. He hides various "friends" inside himself so they can help him when he confronts the king. Its a little weird but makes sense by the end!

I've illustrated a silhouette of Drakestail made up of the "friends" that help him: the Fox, the ladder, the river and the wasps.

Emma Margaret Illustration Drakestail fairytale 2016

Friday, 11 March 2016

Bonnie the Bear

Emma Margaret Illustration Bear 2016
Bonnie the Bear.
Bonnie is another of the animal illustrations that will be appearing in the new Animal World colouring book.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Every Story

As I've mentioned a few times lately, I'm working on some new colouring books, including a second edition of Positive Thoughts.
This illustration is an edited, coloured version of one of the pages from the new colouring book.
I drew this one last week on World Book Day, inspired by all the tweets and images about books I saw throughout the day.

Emma Margaret Illustration Story Quote 2016

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Jack and the Beanstalk

This week I have two illustrations for the latest fairytale from the Fairytales Around the World book, Jack in the Beanstalk. 
I haven't illustrated a quote yet in this series so I thought I'd change that and create something with the most well known line from the story: "Fe, fa, fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman"
Surrounding the quote is a pattern made up of the beanstalk and a cow pattern, representing the cow that Jack sells to obtain the beans at the very start of the story.
Emma Margaret Illustration Jack and the Beanstalk 2016

 The second illustration for Jack and the Beanstalk is of the items that Jack steals from the Giant after seeing them through the keyhole of the wardrobe in which he is hiding.
Emma Margaret Illustration Jack and the Beanstalk 2016

Monday, 7 March 2016


Emma Margaret Illustration Elephant 2016

This is another illustration inspired by one of my pieces of work from a few years ago. I came across some old illustrations a little while ago and decided to give them a bit of an update to fit with my current style. 
I'll be adding lots of new prints to the shop as soon as possible (along with the new colouring books and some new greetings cards!)

 Here's a few close ups of the elephants:
Emma Margaret Illustration Elephant 2016

Emma Margaret Illustration Elephant 2016

Friday, 4 March 2016

Gina the Giraffe

Gina the Giraffe is another of the illustrations that will be appearing in the second edition of my Animal World colouring book. I'll be sharing coloured versions of each of the images as previews of the book, and as some colouring inspiration once they're for sale!

Emma Margaret Illustration Giraffe 2016

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Soria Moria Castle

This week's fairytale was Soria Moria Castle.
I'd never heard of this one before so had no idea what to expect when I started reading. It turned out to be filled magnificent castles and enchanted objects (and multi-headed trolls!)
I created two illustrations for this one...

The three castles amongst the rolling hillside. The number of flags on the top of each castle represents the troll inhabiting it (and the number of heads he has!)
emma margaret illustration fairytale soria moria castle 2016

This one is a pattern made up of all the objects and spells that Halvor uses throughout the story:
The sword that kills the trolls, the drink that gives him the strength to do so, the ring that takes him home, the boots that help him walk, and the wind and moon that guide him on his way.
emma margaret illustration fairytale soria moria castle 2016

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Oh Deer!

I recently found an old illustration of mine with the words "Oh Deer!" under a pair on antlers. I always liked that illustration but my style has changed quite a lot since then so I thought I'd create a new version to fit with my recent work. I'm hoping to add this to the shop as an A4 print soon!

Emma Margaret Illustration Oh Deer Antlers 2016

Emma Margaret Illustration Oh Deer Antlers 2016

Emma Margaret Illustration Oh Deer Antlers 2016