Author Archives: jo clark

About jo clark

Hello! I'm an illustrator having the time of my life making pictures and turning them into things like greetings cards and other stuff. Hope you like them :-)

Fern & Keith

I love any opportunity to get my pens out and create a drawing that someone will love. So I was thrilled to be asked to draw a lovely pair of cats called Fern & Keith, what great names for cats, how could I refuse!

I recorded each step of how I built the drawing so you can follow the progress.

I hope you enjoy seeing the process and how the drawing comes to life.

First layer of light grey to create the shape of Fern the cat.

First layer of light grey to create the shape of Fern the cat.

Adding layers of colour

Adding layers of colour and green for the eyes

Creating markings of the cats fur using graphite and fine liner pencil

Creating markings of the cats fur using graphite and fine liner pencil

Create the background colour and shape of Keith

Create the background colour and shape of Keith

Layering greys over the base colour of Keith

Layering greys over the base colour of Keith

Adding colour to eyes and nose of Keith

Adding colour to eyes and nose of Keith

Details of markings are added using pencil graphite and fine liner pencil

Details of markings are added using pencil graphite and fine liner pencil

Once markings are finished on the cat, the garden starts to grow

Once markings are finished on the cat, the garden starts to grow

 

This is the fun bit where I add pretty flowers and leaves to the background

This is the fun bit where I add pretty flowers and leaves to the background

The petals plants and leaves are added all around the cats

The petals plants and leaves are added all around the cats

 

The final details of plant stems and stalks are added to the picture at the last stage

The final details of plant stems and stalks are added to the picture at the last stage

That is how I made a picture of Fern & Keith!

If you would like an original illustration making just for you please do just get in touch.

All I would need is a selection of good photographs to work from and I will see what I can do for you.

Thanks for reading!

x

See more of my work online at www.joclarkdesign.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing the Tea Owls

Do you like tea? Do you like owls? Well if the answer to those questions is yes then you need to take a peek at my new ‘Tea Owls’ tea towels!

This is my new range of tea towels which I am so excited about and I really hope you will like them.

They make the perfect gift for anniversary’s weddings and of course all of those birthdays that keep cropping up around this time of year.

Set of Tea Owls Tea Towels

Set of Tea Owls Tea Towels

The Tea Owl Tea Towel

The Tea Owl Tea Towel

Tea For Twit-Twoo Tea Towel

Tea For Twit-Twoo Tea Towel

These are available individually or as a lovely gift set of two, one of each design!

Order from my online shop. If you are a shop and would like to stock these tea towels or any other of my products, please do get in touch.

Thanks for reading!

Doggy Bags for Ginger & White Coffee Shop

Recently I was thrilled to be asked if my bulldog illustration could be used for promotion for the fantastic ‘Ginger & White’ coffee shop. The design was used on the postcards and on the window coverings as the shop was being refurbished. Most recently it has been made into a fab projection sign for their new Soho Coffee shop. I added the hand rendered font to the design and here is the finished article!

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The Ginger & White Sign at Soho – Photo Credit Tonia George

Now the Bulldog is available on a tote bag too from Ginger & White Coffee shops, perfect to take your your sandwiches away in!

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New Ginger & White Doggy Bag tote available from Ginger & White Coffee shops

Whenever I do craft fairs in London my little bulldog card always gets recognised as the doggy from the coffee shop, which always makes me smile and I’m glad people remember this little guy. To see more of my doggy designs take a peek at my shop where I am always adding new breeds or I will happily do any pet commissions, which make a fantastic personal gift.

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Bulldog card available from Jo Clark Design

Time for a coffee I think!

 

A little sunshine for your shelves!

After such a long cold winter, and seemingly skipping spring, I felt the need for some sunshine in my life, like everyone else in the UK I’m sure! So I have tried to create a range of designs to remind us of the summer. I hope they bring a smile and make you feel a little bit summery!

These designs and more are available to order from my shop and will be officially launched at this years Pulse trade show at Earls Court London on 12-14th May 2013.

I will be exhibiting my new design ranges at stand E40. So if you are looking for some fresh new stock for your shop or just fancy a browse, I would love to hear from you. I am offering a 10% off all trade orders placed online before the show, so just get in touch contact@joclarkdesign.co.uk if you would like to place an order.  I’ve got lots of new products, including some gorgeous new Tea Towels coming very soon, you will just love!

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JCDdaffodilcard

 

Budgies Card

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I hope these new designs bring a little sunshine to your day.

Lots more designs available and don’t forget to check out lots of new products available including fabrics, wallpapers, cushions, laptop skins and lots more.

Enjoy!

Jo x

 

 

Exclusive card range for Royal Botanical Garden’s Kew

March see’s the start of perhaps a little (dare I say) sunshine, hurray! I think a lot of us are becoming a bit bored of the dull grey skies, but at last some brightness to lift everyones spirits. The start of March also see’s the launch of two exclusive card designs I created for Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, and I am so excited about it. The theme for the range is ‘seed heads’ and these two designs were chosen from a selection of illustrations.

Kew Gardens exclusive range by Jo Clark

Mustard Seeds

This design was inspired by one of my best selling designs in the 2012 card range. I decided to use a similar composition and selected a bold colour palette of teal, cream, and mustard colours to create a contemporary design.

Jo Clark design exclusive design for Kew Gardens

Cowslip Parsley

The second design is a simple single stem of ‘cowslip parsley’. I tied in the mustard colour on the buds of the flower head. This delicate seed head structure contrasts nicely next to the ‘mustard seeds’ design.

Of course these designs are only available from Kew Gardens and Wakehurst Place shops, but I have a wide range of botanical themed cards available from my shop perfect for Mothers day this weekend, make sure you take a peek!

So if you are visiting Kew Gardens be sure to have a look around the gift shop which is full of gorgeous flora and fauna themed gifts.

A big THAK YOU to Kew Gardens for asking me to design these cards for them, and for giving me the opportunity and an excuse to get my pencils out!