Illustration: Plants, flowers and botanicals

The love for all things green and floral is not a mere trend or passing phase for me. Organic structures are a joy to illustrate and make such effective motifs. I mainly use watercolour and ink for these pieces but there is a sneaky screen print with ink overlay among my commissions too.

MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATION: GARDEN HERBS, HOMEMAKER MAGAZINE 2015
Brief: Provide a watercolour and ink drawing of British garden herbs to accompany a gardening feature for Homemaker magazine on food and botanicals that could be easily grown in pots on a windowsill or in a garden or balcony.

Thyme (c) Ella Johnston, watercolour and ink. Homemaker Magazine commission
Thyme, watercolour and ink. Homemaker Magazine commission
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Sage, watercolour and ink. Homemaker Magazine commission.
Mint, watercolour and ink. Homemaker Magazine commission. Illustration (c) Ella Johnston
Mint, watercolour and ink. Homemaker Magazine commission.
Herb illustrations by Ella Johnston Homemaker Magazine, May 2015
Herb botanical illustrations, Homemaker Magazine gardening, grow-your-own feature, May 2015

BOOK ILLUSTRATION, BINDING & DESIGN: PEONY, PEONY PATTERN & TYPOGRAPHY, PRIVATE WEDDING COMMISSION 2016
Brief: To illustrate, design and hand-bind a bespoke coptic-bound book as a keepsake for a wedding. Stand-alone motif illustrations and repeat pattern had to incorporate the bride’s bouquet flower: the peony.

Private, bespoke commission. Wedding Book (c) Ella Johnston
Peony illustration and book cover design, bespoke commission. Handmade, coptic-bound wedding book
Peony buds, bespoke illustration for a private book (c) Ella Johnston
Peony buds, bespoke illustration for a private book.
Private, bespoke commission. Wedding Book
Page illustration and design, bespoke commission. Wedding Book
Private, bespoke commission. Wedding Book
Repeat pattern design, bespoke commission. Wedding Book

RECORD COVER ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN: MW BEWICK EP, HARD GRAFT RECORDS 2009
Brief: I was asked to design and produce an image for the EP cover for MW Bewick’s debut EP. The EP had to have a retro flavour and folky feel. The image is a screen-printed carrot over-worked in fine-link ink. It was inspired by the Warhol, ‘peel and reveal’ Velvet Underground and Nico cover.

Carrot screen print. MW Bewick EP Illustration and artwork by Ella Johnston
Carrot screen print. MW Bewick EP Illustration and artwork by Ella Johnston
Back cover design. MW Bewick EP Illustration and artwork by Ella Johnston
Back cover design. MW Bewick EP Illustration and artwork by Ella Johnston

 

ILLUSTRATED SUCCULENTS GUIDE: PRIVATE INTERIOR DESIGN COMMISSION 2015
I originally created this succulent poster from little watercolour and ink sketches I made while staying in a lovely little cottage in Brixham. Once I got these drawings home, I scanned them in, cleaned them up and designed this illustrated guide that you can buy on Not On The High Street

Illustrated Guide to Succulents (Private commission). (c) Ella Johnston
Jovibarba watercolour and ink. Illustrated Guide to Succulents (Private commission).
Illustrated Guide to Succulents by Ella Johnston Print available on Not On the High Street
Illustrated Guide to Succulents by Ella Johnston Print available on Not On the High Street
Agave watercolour and ink. Private commission. Illustration (c) Ella Johnston
Agave watercolour and ink. Illustrated Guide to Succulents (Private commission).
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