Illustration: Landscape and travel

Recording places and experiences is such a special thing. That’s why I like to create evocative landscape and travel illustrations that create a mood as well as a simple depiction. I do this through dreamy watercolour and gestural, loose pen strokes

EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATION, LANDSCAPES & INCIDENTALS: BRITTANY FERRIES, GUARDIAN LABS 2017
Brief: To create a series of painterly, watercolour images evoking the atmosphere of past holidays in Brittany as well as depicting the iconic landscape to accompany text by Joanne Harris. Colour palette in golden tones. See it in full here.

Illustration (c) Ella Johnston, Brittany Ferries, Guardian Labs 2017
Illustration (c) Ella Johnston, Brittany Ferries, Guardian Labs 2017
Illustration (c) Ella Johnston, Brittany Ferries, Guardian Labs 2017
Illustration (c) Ella Johnston, Brittany Ferries, Guardian Labs 2017
Shorebirds, illustration (c) Ella Johnston, Brittany Ferries, Guardian Labs 2017
Shorebirds, illustration (c) Ella Johnston, Brittany Ferries, Guardian Labs 2017
Chateaubriant, illustration (c) Ella Johnston, Brittany Ferries, Guardian Labs 2017
Chateaubriant, illustration (c) Ella Johnston, Brittany Ferries, Guardian Labs 2017
Chocolate shells, illustration (c) Ella Johnston, Brittany Ferries, Guardian Labs 2017
Chocolate shells, illustration (c) Ella Johnston, Brittany Ferries, Guardian Labs 2017


BOOK ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN, LANDSCAPES: EST COLLECTED REPORTS FROM EAST ANGLIA, DUNLIN PRESS 2015
Brief: Using black ink only, to create a suite abstract images that evoke a sense of landscape and place to go alongside a range of different stories, essays and poems that explore the region of East Anglia. It was important to create a consistent look and feel from cover to contents across the entire publication. For more see here

Illustration and design by Ella Johnston. Est, Collected Reports from East Anglia, Dunlin Press.
Illustration and design by Ella Johnston. Est, Collected Reports from East Anglia, Dunlin Press.
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Water colour Illustration and design by Ella Johnston. Est, Collected Reports from East Anglia, Dunlin Press.
Illustration and design by Ella Johnston. Est, Collected Reports from East Anglia, Dunlin Press.
Illustration and design, Est, Collected Reports from East Anglia, Dunlin Press.
Illustration and design by Ella Johnston. Est, Collected Reports from East Anglia, Dunlin Press.
Watercolour Illustration and design by Ella Johnston. Est, Collected Reports from East Anglia, Dunlin Press.

BOOK ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN, SEA AND WATER: THE MIGRANT WADERS, DUNLIN PRESS 2016
Brief: As well as creating a detailed wading bird illustrations (see them here), the Migrant Waders book also required an enigmatic cover illustration and accompanying imagery that gave the reader an idea of the sea and the depth of the oceans covered during migrants. Illustrations needed to be atmospheric – with a simultaneous sense of solidity and lightness. For more see here

The Migrant Waders, Book Cover Illustration. Published by Dunlin Press, Illustration and Design by Ella Johnston
The Migrant Waders, Book Cover Illustration. Published by Dunlin Press
Water drops illustration, The Migrant Waders, Published by Dunlin Press
Water drops illustration, The Migrant Waders, Published by Dunlin Press
Water drops illustration, The Migrant Waders, Published by Dunlin Press
Water drops illustration, The Migrant Waders, Published by Dunlin Press