Hello! I’m Elaine, an illustrator and picture book maker from Edinburgh.
Working primarily digitally, I specialise in bringing engaging animal characters to life. For my MA I explored how anthropomorphic animals in picture books can encourage children to care about the natural world. In my work, endangered species become appealing individuals who inspire children to empathise with their wild counterparts and even take action to protect them. Because, as Greta Thunberg puts it, “No one is too small to make a difference”.
As a content manager at Shelter, National Museums Scotland and the Scottish Government, I’ve worked with experts in many fields, using storytelling techniques to turn complex concepts into accessible online resources. This experience informs the educational aspect of my illustration work, which is playful and amusing.
Alongside children’s book and magazine illustration, I’m keen to work with educators, particularly around environmental issues, animal welfare, vintage fashion and music.
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