About me

Emma Graham in her studio working on illustration of woodland creatures

I am a versatile and experienced illustrator and graphic artist based in Suffolk UK. Since graduating from Norfolk Institute of Art in the 1990, I have built up a vibrant portfolio designing and illustrating everything from book covers, to seed packets, greetings cards, album covers, school magazines, private commissions and wild in art sculptures.

In 2007 I was awarded a silver gilt medal at the RHS Chelsea flower show for an exhibit I designed, illustrated and constructed with Thompson and Morgan UK, this exhibit then won gold at the RHS Shrewsbury show.

Over the last couple of years my work has gained interest, especially with the US market and I have illustrated a picture book with US indie publisher Spork. ‘Symphony Hollow’ written by Jessica Reino, was published in November 2017.

My own story ‘The Owl who wanted to sing’ was a finalist in the Stratford Literary Festival’s Stratford-Salariya Prize for picture books 2017.

In 2016 I painted 3 of the pig sculptures for the Wild in art sculpture trail ‘Pigs Gone Wild’ in Ipswich in aid of St Elizabeth’s Hospice. Then in 2019, I painted 4 sculptures for the Elmer’s Big Parade Wild in Art trail in Ipswich, 3 more Elmers for the Heart of Kent Parade 2021 and a cow for Cows about Cambridge 2021.

Sculpture painting

I am commissioned illustrator for the Children’s Appeal at Ipswich Hospital – a charity to raise funds for a full refurbishment of the children’s ward.

In 2020 I have worked with The Little Fig publishers and book packagers, illustrating two children’s books – ‘Everybody Counts’ and ‘Senor Saguaro’ that will be published in 2021.

Currently I am working on a wonderful project with Suffolk Mind. Sammy the Sea Squirt travels the sea, meeting new friends and having fun moving. Sammy’s story is fun and engaging with the message that movement is essential to our mental wellbeing.  The aim is to give a copy of ‘Sammy the Sea Squirt’ picture book to every 4 and 5 year old through schools in Suffolk, but we need your help to fund this. Find out more about the project, the science and the crowd funding at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sammytheseasquirt it would be wonderful if you can help us achieve our goal of giving the charming picture book to the young children of Suffolk.

The characters from ‘Sammy the Sea Squirt’
‘Sammy the Sea Squirt’ social media logo

If you are interested in my work and wish to discuss a project or commission, do get in touch.

email: emma@egrahamillustrations.co.uk

Client list- Mr Fothergill seeds, Thompson and Morgan UK, Ipswich Town Football Club, Wyards Removals, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council, Colchester and Ipswich Museums, Cooper BMW, Birketts Solicitors, Wild in Art, NHS Ipswich, Genesis Plant Marketing, Clear Fork Publishing, Little Fig Publishing, Books to Treasure, Cybermouse Publishing, Scholastic schools magazine, Suffolk Mind.

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