Book illustration for children




I love drawing flowers, food and all types of animals and I like to add a bit of fun when creating animal characters. Rather than just drawing a cat sitting for example, it makes it look more interesting if the cat is doing an activity or interacting with say, another cat. In this post, I’d like to share with you my first book illustration for children.

For the book illustration, I drew a waddle of penguins painting a life model of a seal in an art class. I thought it would be fun to have each penguin doing something different. In the illustration, one penguin is looking down at its paining, another stood by its teacher and another penguin going totally off course, painting an ice-cream! I’ve given each penguin its own personality and the whole scene is visually telling a story.

Besides characters, I’ve kept to a limited colour palette using shades of blues, grey, warm yellows, reds, and white with snippets of black for contrasting. I find it brings a sense of harmony to the illustration which is pleasing to the reader, when using a small group of colours.

Children’s book illustration is an area I would love to go into. It’s very different to what I usually produce i.e. card designs and patterns. Although, not all stories have animals as their main characters. I’d need to be able draw people in action, and illustrate their emotions. The characters would need to be believable as well as engaging.

When first producing the book illustration for children, I began with a rough, linear layout. I tend to draw too many icons, so it was important for me to get the right balance of characters and props. Producing a rough drawing, really helped me prepare for the final illustration. Once happy at this stage, I then created the icons needed and assembled them in PhotoShop.


Book illustration for children

Rough linear layout drawing


Final colour book illustration for children


I’m really pleased with the final design. It’s busy, yet not cluttered and there’s a lot going on. Regarding colours, the hints of warm yellows and red work well with the shades of blues.

I’m currently working on another children’s illustration. This time with people!


Emma Jayne x



Pretty floral designs




Above are initial drawings

It has been a while since I last posted here; such a lot has happened during the course of January! I will be revealing more details, in due course!

January can be so grey, don’t you think?  Some people love this time of year but grey is not my favourite colour, especially not for the sky. I take solace in knowing that spring will soon be here. Hurray! It is only just under two months until the clocks spring forward for British Summer Time and of course that means it becomes lighter in the evenings. Flowers and plants will grow and bloom, and the animals will start their birthing season. The temperature gradually rises and we start to see goldfinches and many more birds in our garden. By now, I think you will understand why I look forward to Spring so much!

I want to share with you a few pretty floral designs. I created the first floral envelope illustration, along with the daisy floral coordinate before the new year, and the blue floral envelope version more recently.

Pretty floral designs

Pretty floral ‘thank you’ design with patterned coordinate

Pretty ‘female occasion’ design

These illustrations will look great for greeting cards and placed on other products; mugs, gift bags and stationery for example. They are also multi purpose, so they’d be suitable for Mother’s Day, birthdays and generally expressing your love and gratitude.


*Please refrain from using the above designs. They are the copyright of Emma Jayne. Thank you kindly 🙂

Emma Jayne x