About Emma…

Emma Cook | Cartoonist, Illustrator, Designer, Visual Journalist

Digital Skills:

  • Adobe Photoshop – iMac / Cintiq 22
  • Procreate – iPad Software
  • Affinity Designer – iPad Software
  • ClipStudio – iMac Software & iPad
  • ComicDraw – iPad Software

Traditional Skills:

  • Dip Pen & Ink
  • Watercolour
  • Model Making
  • Set building
  • Digital Photography
  • Sketching

Interpersonal skills:

  • Excellent Communication
  • Face-to-Face
  • Phone
  • Skype / Zoom
  • Email
  • Problem solving
  • Team Work
  • Self driven
  • Flexible
  • Dependable
  • Patient
  • Empathetic

Industry Knowledge:

  • Editorial Cartooning (Digital & Traditional)
  • Editorial Illustration (Digital & Traditional)
  • Graphic Design
  • Art Direction
  • Working for Editors, Sub-Editors & Journalists
  • Working for Theatre Producers, Publicists & Design Teams
  • Working for TV Directors, DOP’s, Production Designers, Art Directors, Buyers, Props Masters,
  • Concept Development

Additional Skills:

  • Researcher
  • Image Editing
  • Social Media
  • Video Editing
  • Creative Writing
  • Logo Design
  • Comics
  • Storyboarding
  • Administration

I’m a cartoonist, illustrator & designer all rolled into one.

Originally from London my family and I moved to New Zealand in 2014.

We may live in a remote part of the world but the internet bridges that gap seamlessly, working with people from all around the globe couldn’t be easier!

Over the years I have collaborated with organisations and people in the USA, UK and of course New Zealand.

I see my talent as supporting and problem solving, bringing to life the client’s vision through my skills.

As an editorial cartoonist I offer opinion and perspective on the issues of the day, both equally rewarding and at most times challenging.


(November 2021 – Onwards – NEW ROLE)

The Dominion Post & Stuffhttps://www.stuff.co.nz/opinion/109548012/emma-cook-cartoons

Permanent Editorial Cartoonist Every Monday I produce a cartoon.

I also continue to support colleagues cartoon posts for holiday or sick leave.

(February 2021 – October 2021)

The Dominion Post, The Sunday Star Times & Stuff.co.nz, Wellington, National and International News coverage – NZ

Sick leave cover: Freelance Editorial Cartoonist

Sharon Murdoch, Tom Scott, Jeff Bell & Jim Hubbard.

Producing quick, National and International Editorial Cartoons for the Daily Newspaper.

Working closely with Grant Shimmin News Director of The Dominion Post and also Gina Crampton, News Director of The Dominion Post.

Covered Sunday Star Times Cartoon for colleague from February-April 2021.

(October-November 2020)

Circa.co.nz Theatre, Wellington, NZ

Freelance Cartoonist, Illustrator and Designer

Designed & Illustrated ‘The Older The Better’ Production Poster, Flyer, Programme and web content for social media, Theatre’s website & Eventfinda. Liaised with Producer, Head of Publicity and her team.

(May 2018 – Present day)

Sunday Star Times, Sunday News & Stuff.co.nz

Freelance Editorial Cartoonist & Editorial Illustrator

I am Sharon Murdoch’s (Sunday Star Times) understudy when she is on annual leave. I was Malcolm Walker‘s (Sunday News) understudy when he was the main cartoonist. I also illustrate numerous pieces for articles and one off comics for both newspapers and online with Stuff.co.nz

(March 2018 – December 2019)

‘We’re All A Little Crazy’, New York City, USA

Freelance Cartoonist, Illustrator & Designer

Worked very closely with the CEO Eric Hussain to compile, create and bring to life the immense & complex cartoons & illustrations needed for presentations that would be used for schools, workplaces, sports organisations – which included the NBA.

Eric started the #SameHere movement – for supporting, encouraging & changing the attitudes of mental health stigmas. It was always at the forefront of our work together. We produced some excellent illustrations to describe mental health scenarios, faulty belief systems & techniques to help reduce pain or stress.

Magazines, Books, News sites:

(August 2021) SAW – ‘Sequential Artists Workshop’ publicationhttps://www.sequentialartistsworkshop.org/new-products/pre-sale-the-rainbow-bridge-a-saw-anthology

(September 2021) The Specialist – The Magazine of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists – Edition 128

(November 2021) APEC2021 – Front cover of a pull out magazine for Luke Malpass of Stuff.co.nz. for The Sunday Star Times and The Dominion Post

(November 2021) The Nation Opp Arthttps://www.thenation.com/authors/emma-cook/ Greta Thunberg Cartoon on climate change and the recent COP26 summit in Glasgow, England.


(January-February 2023) Domestika Course: Surrealist Illustration / Draw compelling stories (Online)

(June-September 2021) Steve Brodner’s ‘POW! The Art of Illustration’ SVA, New York City, USA (13 weeks Online)

(June-September 2020) Steve Brodner’s ‘Caricature Boot Camp’ SVA, New York City, USA (13 weeks Online)

(January 2018 – Present day) Tom Hart’s Intensive Graphic Memoir Course, S.A.W, Florida, USA (Online weekly study group and course material)

(January 2017 Workshop) Rod Emmerson / NZ Herald & Kal / The Economist – Satire & Illustration – NZ Herald Head offices, Auckland, NZ

(June 2016) Explore Animation – National Film & Television School, London, UK (4 Weeks Online)

(September 2003 – October 2004) Trainee Production Designer/Art Director for The BBC, London, UK – White City & Various Outside Broadcasting locations

+ Blue Peter + Judge John Deeds + CBBC Panto + CBeebies Panto + Tiny & Mr Duk’s Huge Show


(Oct 1999 – May 2002) BA Hons 2:1 Interior Design – De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

(September 1995 – May 1997) BTEC National Diploma in Display & Exhibition Design – Uxbridge College, London , UK


(May 2016 – May 2018) Hamilton Zinefest Committee, Hamilton NZ

Committee Member, Organiser, Liaison Officer, Designer

A day only event that takes place in Hamilton Central. Part of a small team that organised venue, hiring of tables, location, organising of advertising, financial support, creative sponsorships, stall holders, databases, communication to all involved, programme for the public, setting up festival, planning band night, stall holders contest, professional speakers, social media account updates,

(October 2007 – October 2008) Children of Addicted Parents & People (COAP) Chat room responder, London, UK – Now part of the Org NACOA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics)

(March 2009 – March 2010) Alcoholics Anonymous Helpline Staff – AA Head Office Kings Cross, London, UK. Volunteered every week and worked Christmas Day. 17 years sober this year.

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