New spring floral design range competition

Hello! It’s been a while since I posted and I’m sorry about that, so much to do so little time etc.

I have been working on many things over the past couple of months and I really need your help please, it turns out Daisy my cat is really just not very helpful. Scroll through the pictures and find out how you can be of assistance and be in with a chance of winning an original illustration to brighten your day.

pretty red lilly flower illustration

1.'Lilium Martagon'

purple flowers iris

2.'Iris"

red geranium plant illustration

3.'Wembley Gem'

pretty bell shaped flowers

4.'Enkianthus'

orange floral design

5.'Dover Orange'

vivid red flower plant

6.'Clarkia'

 

tiny blue flowers

7.'Forget-Me-Not'

fuchsia plant

8.'Fuchsia'

purple flowering plant

9.'Blue Star'

red flowering plant

10.'President Cleavland'

pretty red flowering plant drawing

11.'Cranesbill'

pink orchid

12.'Laelia Orchid'

Competition time!

So this is where I need your help please!

As a thank you for your help I will be giving away one of these original drawings!

How to enter!

If you could please tell me  your favourite six designs from the collection above, along with which one single design you like the best (so if you won I know which one to send you). Use any one of the methods below to enter.

-Leave a comment here on my blog, or…

-Re-tweet this post on twitter with your answers, or…

-Share on Facebook and leave your comment on my Facebook page.

The winner will be announced on February 28th at 12noon, and don’t forget to check out my full range of cards and gifts in time for Mother’s day 10th March!

Good luck and thanks for looking.

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Latest Commission of Golden Retrievers ‘Lilly & Gus’

I was recently asked by one of my closest friends to create a special portrait of the lovely golden retrievers Lilly and Gus that she grew up with at home.  The portrait is to be a memorial to this lovely pair of golden retrievers and will be hung in the family home.  Here I show a step by step account of this latest commission which I hope you will enjoy.

For more information about having your very own pet portrait art print please visit joclarkdesign.co.uk

The beautiful photograph of Lilly & Gus that I worked from.

Base colour for Gus

 

Base colours for Lilly

Adding subtle shades to the dogs coats

Adding light shadows

Deeper shades and a nose!

Graphite and pencil lines and white crayon added to bring out features and characters of Lilly and Gus

The final Pet Portrait of Lilly & Gus with the addition of some specially chosen flowers

Ok so thats it, I hope you enjoyed seeing the process of my latest commission and like the final result. Please feel free to add your comment below.

If you are interested in having a lovely portrait of your pet created, I am offering 10% off all pet portraits ordered before September 30th just type in this code at the check out: PETILLUSTRATION

These make a fantastic gift for any animal lover and make the perfect gift for a special occasion. Don’t forget you will also get an exclusive set of six greetings cards featuring your pet portrait!

Any pet (not just dogs) can have their portrait made, just take some really great photographs and your half way there! Any queries please do just drop me a line: contact@joclarkdesign.co.uk or visit my website

Thanks for reading have a lovely day!

Jo

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The Made-it Market Colchester August 25th

So what do you have planned for this bank holiday weekend? How about popping over to Colchester for a visit to the fabulous Made-it Market and discovering lots of talented makers! The event will take place on Saturday 25th August 10am – 4pm at Colchester Town Hall (Moot Hall second floor) West Stockwell Street, CO1 1JP

This will be my first craft market in Colchester, so I’m looking forward to meeting lots of lovely people and finding lots of fantastic handmade goodies myself. There will also be the fantastic ‘Make Do & Mend’ team to show you some fun crafting techniques and you can learn on the day, just turn up!

Hope you can come and say hello, I have lots of lovely new products which I can’t wait to show you.

Lots of fabulous designer makers selling their wares!

For a sneaky peek at what I will be selling just check out my website joclarkdesign.co.uk or if there is something that you would like me to bring along for a closer look in real life, just get in touch!

This guy's pretty excited about it ...and so are we!

Thanks for looking, hope to see you there!

Jo

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Latest Commission of super cute French Bulldog “Sawyer”

I am always so thrilled to get asked to create a commission of a beloved pet, as its what I like to do best draw cute stuff! When I saw the photos of this adorable much loved little pooch called ‘Sawyer’ I was just so eager to get going!

So I thought I would document the process to show how I work on a drawing and how I build colours using marker pens and pencil.

Photo of dog

The lovely adorable French Bulldog called ‘Sawyer’.

Sawyer commission 1

So this is the very first step once I have chosen the photographs that I want to work from and the position of the subject on the page I just put down a flat colour of the highlights from the dogs coat.

picture of french bulldog commission in process

Then I start to build up some warmth by adding another peachy colour over the top of the base colour.

French Bulldog commission

Now I add the darker shades and shadows.

French Bulldog Commission

I now cover the whole dog shape with a lovely tan colour and use a lighter colour to pick out highlights around the head and face.

French Bulldog Commission

Then I define the creases around the mouth and face with a dark grey colour

French Bulldog

When I am happy with the colours and highlights and shadows I add the defining pencil lines and graphite to bring out the features and those big puppy eyes!

Final sawyer image

The final stage was to add some lovely decorative flowers and foliage as Sawyer loves to run around outside in her garden.

Framed Sawyer Original illustration

The final result!

Have your very own pet illustration, it makes a fantastic gift for all the family or a great surprise gift for the owner of a beloved pet. All I will need is a selection of good quality clear colour photographs to work from and at least four weeks to complete your picture. So place your orders soon to make sure you have a fantastic unique gift to give this Christmas!

I can’t wait to see your lovely pet pictures!

Thanks for reading!

jo x

 

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 contact@joclarkdesign.co.uk

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