Author details

Natalie Russell

Biography

I studied Illustration and Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and have continued to work and teach within this field. I enjoy the early stages of making books the most - drawing characters within sketchbooks, usually animals, playing with words to discover more about their personalities.  I feel most comfortable using ‘hands on’ materials for creating books, whether it is drawing, collage, ink, painting or printmaking. Screenprinting is a favourite medium and many of my books have been produced using this process in print workshops and at my studio in Broughty Ferry – a stone throw from the beach where I grew up.

About writer's work

Since the publication of Natalie’s first book, ‘Hamish the Highland Cow’ in 2003, she has continued to work and teach within Scottish art institutions. These include Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio, Edinburgh College of Art and currently the Illustration programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.

She has published 10 titles with leading international publishing houses including Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing, Macmillan Children’s Books and Compendium Inc. Seattle. Her work has been published within the United Kingdom, USA, Japan, China, Korea and Thailand. 

In 2004, Natalie was shortlisted with ‘Hamish the Highland Cow’ (Bloomsbury) for the Scottish Booktrust Early Years Award (Best New Illustrator) and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2009 for ‘Moon Rabbit’ (Macmillan). ‘Lost for Words’ (Macmillan) became runner up in the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2015 and was included in the Bookbug Pack that was gifted to Primary 1 children across Scotland.

Natalie was an invited Mentor on the Picturehooks Mentoring Scheme (2012/13 & 2014/15) for emerging Scottish Illustrators.

She regularly attends literary events at learning institutions, libraries and book festivals to promote books, literacy skills and related image making processes.  

Websites featuring the author

Natalie's WebsiteSee Natalie on the University of Dundee WebsiteSee Natalie on Pan Macmillan's WebsiteSee Natalie on Bloomsbury's WebsiteSee Natalie on Compendium's Website

Current events and projects

Over the past 18 years I have continued to work within education – as Lecturer of Illustration and as a Freelance Author and Illustrator.

After graduating from the Master of Design programme (DJCAD) at the University of Dundee, I worked at Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio where I co-ordinated the print workshops for the education programme. Over the 10 years at DCA – I worked with a range of different pre-school, primary / secondary school and community groups teaching all aspects of print.

In 2003, I began teaching at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design when my first book, Hamish the Highland Cow was published. Since then I have attended literary events at learning institutions, libraries and book festivals all over Scotland to promote books, literacy skills and related image making processes.  

I feel comfortable working with all age groups - pre-school, primary school, secondary school and adults. Previous workshops have ranged from basic story telling sessions to story writing and drawing, character development, book making, and mask-making. I like to encourage the audience to be creative and take part in the event. Frequently used materials are pencils, coloured pencil, pens, collage, print, worksheets and notebooks.

Email

natalie.a.l.russell@gmail.com

Local authority where they are based

Dundee

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Clackmannanshire, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Midlothian, North Lanarkshire, Perth and Kinross, Scottish Borders, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

0-4, 5-8, Adults

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

Yes

Author type

Illustrator, Writer

Language

English

Books written

Because I Had a Teacher Front Cover

Because I Had a Teacher

Author(s): Natalie Russell
An illustrated book written by Kobi Yamada - New York Times Best Selling & Award Winning Author.

Rabbits in the Snow: A Book of Opposites

Author(s): Natalie Russell
Little Rabbit and friends are playing in the snow. Rose Rabbit and Grey Rabbit are skating fast and slow. Honey Rabbit and Rust Rabbit are sledging from top to bottom.

Lost for Words

Author(s): Natalie Russell
A picture paints a thousand words... Tapir and his friends all have nice new notebooks, just waiting to be filled.
Brown Rabbit in the City

Brown Rabbit in the City

Author(s): Natalie Russell
Illustrated by: Natalie Russell
It's Brown Rabbit's first time in the city and his friend Little Rabbit has planned a busy day. But as they rush from shop to cafe to art gallery, Brown Rabbit starts to realize . . .
Moon Rabbit

Moon Rabbit

Author(s): Natalie Russell
Illustrated by: Natalie Russell
Little Rabbit likes living in the city. There are so many things to see and do! But at night, when she is all alone, she looks up at the moon and begins to wonder. Could there be someone out there?
Donkey's Busy Day

Donkey's Busy Day

Author(s): Natalie Russell
Illustrated by: Natalie Russell
Donkey is extremely proud to have been put in charge of the farm - and to be responsible for ensuring that all the jobs get done.
Hamish the Highland Cow

Hamish the Highland Cow

Author(s): Natalie Russell
Illustrated by: Natalie Russell
Hamish is a Highland cow and very hairy. He hates having baths and never cuts his hair. Why should he when his shaggy coat is the perfect place to keep his favourite sweets - toffees!