Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Beautiful Duke House Bed & Breakfast Cambridge

I’m so honoured to have had my work selected to be hung on the walls of the stunning Duke House Bed & Breakfast in Cambridge. All of the works shown are for sale from the B&B or prints are available from my shop.

Duke House 1Victoria Street Cambridge CB1 1JP 01223 314773

A warm welcome in a very special and stunningly beautiful victorian house is what you can expect when you arrive at this luxury accommodation set in the heart of Cambridge. If I didn’t live in Cambridge already I would want to book myself a room, as they are all so beautiful fresh bright and clean. Your hosts Liz and Rob will be sure to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Here are a few snaps that I took whilst visiting on the launch of the B&B at the start of the summer. A big thank you to Karen and Mandy of  the Cambridge Creative Network who helped with the selection process and hung all of the art work.

In the sitting room hangs 'Lions Tail' original illustration at Duke House

'Lions Tail' Art Card

'The Cambridge room' with 'Lavender' and 'Ragged Robbin' original illustrations at Duke House

'Ragged Robin' Art Print

'The Cambridge room' with 'Lavender' and 'Ragged Robbin' original illustrations at Duke House

'Lavender' Art Print

'The York room' with Buttercups original illustration and Seed Spheres art print at Duke House

'Buttercups' Designer Card

'Seed Spheres' Art Print

The ‘Seed Spheres’ art print is available for sale from the Duke House. All other works shown are the original illustrations also available for sale from the Duke House. If you are interested in making a purchase of any of these an original piece of art please contact  The Duke house, or visit my online shop jo clark design or alternatively contact Jo at

I suggest that you get your weekend away booked up soon you will love to staying in this beautiful building! Enjoy!





Drawing the gorgeous Shiba Inu dog ‘Troy’

Hello, its been a while since I have had a chance to write about whats been going on, sorry about that. Well there has been quite a lot going on so I thought I would take some time out to show you a little sneaky peek of what I have been getting up to since my last post.

While selling my cards and prints at the Made-it Market craft fair in Cambridge back in March, I was very lucky to be commissioned to create a drawing of a beautiful Shiba Inu breed of dog called Troy. I must admit when I was told he was a white dog, I felt quite nervous about how I was possibly going to tackle this challenge, but with some fantastic photographs to work from it made my job that much easier.

This is my first commission for a dog portrait and I really enjoyed doing it, its great to be able to get to grips with something a little different and get back to drawing which is what I truly love to do. The picture was to be a Wedding gift for the owner of the dog which I thought was such a fabulous idea. It was also fantastic to hear so much about the dog’s character and obviously this chap is truly adored by everyone he meets and very well known amongst his local community. When you see his photo then it really is no surprise, what a handsome dog! I really do hope I have managed to capture these qualities within the picture.

So, I have taken photos of every step of the way in creating this illustration. I build my colours using layers of coloured pens and then add the finer details at the end with pencil or graphite. This is the same technique i use for all of my designs. I hope you enjoy looking through the different stages of the piece.

First step getting the shadows down

layering the colours to create depth

A closer look at the colours used as the base for the picture

Getting the outline and shape of this lovely dog using a fine pencil line

Using graphite and pencil to add the finer details

I added only dots for eyes at this stage as I was not entirely sure if my client wanted a realistic image or a more stylised picture. I figured it is much easier to add to a picture than to take away.

Adding a subtle background and some more shadows

At this stage I sent a proof to my client to get some feedback or any thoughts that they might have about the illustration so far. The feedback was really good and all they wanted was to have the eyes filled in and more of the orange blossom adding. The orange blossom was added to add some decoration the the picture and also add a japanese feel as the dog is a japanese breed and we thought it only fitting to add some representation of his origins within the picture.

Finished commission

I am pleased that the eyes were given more detail and the extra orange blossom seemed to fill the gap quite well.

The final framed 'Troy' commission

This is the final result framed at the fabulous Makers Gallery in Cambridge.

A lovely photo of a happy customer with her new picture!

If you would like a commission of a beloved pet creating perhaps for a birthday gift or christmas gift (good idea to order early) then please do just drop me a line, I would love to hear from you.

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