(portrait photo by Saga Sigurdardottir)


"..Often uneven and jauntily framed, Røise’s illustrations recall spur-of-the-moment photographs. Distinguished by their elegance, playfulness and romanticism, the drawings capture the spirit of what it is like to be young, free and living in the moment.."

Text by Darya Antonovna Papko / Dazed&Confused

Esra is a Norwegian freelance illustrator based in Oslo.
She has been drawing since she was little, and has formal training from The Einar Granum School of Art, and a BA in Visual Communication from The Academy of The Arts in Oslo, Norway.
Inspired by seemingly small unimportant everyday situations, and snapshot photography with their impulsiveness, bad cropping and weird angles. People around her, nature, pop-culture, the fashion industry, music and nature.

Selected clients include:

VOGUE, Stella McCartney, Burberry, Farfetch, Nylon magazine, Urban Outfitters, Wallpaper*, Estée Lauder, VICE, LEVI'S, NIKE, Costume, GQ, Volkswagen and Miss Selfridge to name a few.


ByOne -solo exhibition - Oslo, Norway 2015
ELEMENT EDEN exhibition - Costa Mesa, USA 2013
PLTA 012 - Plataforma Gallery - São Paulo, Brazil 2013
ÔÔ - Was it all a dream? - London Design Festival - London, 2010
Pick Me Up - Somerset House - London 2010
Congratulations/A Dolls House/BMG collab - Freudian Kicks - Oslo, 2010
DIY/A Dolls House collab - Little Miss T - Oslo, 2010
Snapshots - Little Miss T - Oslo, 2008

International inquiries:


Scandinavian inquiries:

Ida Lund Bjørnsen
ph: +47 920 26 158

I am available for commissions, so feel free to drop me a line with any request, I would love to hear from you!

© Esra Røise 2005-2017. All rights reserved.