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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!


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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!

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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!

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!

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.

Bulldog card available from Jo Clark Design

Time for a coffee I think!


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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 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!





Budgies Card



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.


Jo x



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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!


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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
red geranium plant illustration
3.'Wembley Gem'
pretty bell shaped flowers
orange floral design
5.'Dover Orange'
vivid red flower plant


tiny blue flowers
fuchsia plant
purple flowering plant
9.'Blue Star'
red flowering plant
10.'President Cleavland'
pretty red flowering plant drawing
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

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: or visit my website

Thanks for reading have a lovely day!




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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 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!



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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


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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!