Emma Randall is a freelance illustrator based in a little village called Tickenham found on the outskirts of Bristol. She realises her illustrations from a barn studio, that is shared with designer Suzi Hull from Hullo Creative, aided by many a cup of green tea.
‘Sometimes I work on my own commissions, sometimes I work under the banner of Hullo Creative with Suzi, depending on what animations and print commissions come our way. I love to work with pattern, bright colours and create quirky little characters with larger than your average head and scruffy fly-away hair. I love children’s illustrations, in all it’s many forms whether it be picture books, packaging, advertising, editorial pieces for magazines- you name it! I’m currently in the middle of illustrating a digital children’s book in collaboration with Storypanda, which I am pretty excited about. I am also developing my children’s portfolio with a new illustration agency, and am feeling good about what the world of illustration has in store!
In the year, I have designed my own range of merchandise including cards, wrapping paper and notebooks that I sell in various shops in and around Bristol (including Waterstones) and online platforms such as Etsy and Not on the Highstreet.’
‘My animation work has taken off in the last few months. I use the software Sparkol Videoscribe to do whiteboard animations for a wide range of clients, from Jaguar Landrover to Yazoo. At the moment I’m working on the an animation with Hullo Creative for the company Oracle so watch out for that one!’
‘I completed an Art Foundation year at Northampton College before I went onto study illustration at degree level, at University College Falmouth – the only university in Cornwall- and loved every moment. It was such an invaluable experience where I met my husband Max and made some amazing friends, not to mention lots of beach hang out time – and “pretty much” learning to surf.’
‘There are so many artists that inspire me but some of my main influences are illustrators such as David Roberts, Marc Boutavant, Geraldine Cosneau, Emma Yarlett and Krystina Litten who I just admire so much for their amazing technical ability and the colourful joyfulness that their work encapsulates.’