Hello, I'm an illustrator, a mum, a cat lover, and a picture book enthusiast!!

Friday, 16 December 2011

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

Well I have finally managed to send off the family Xmas card to get printed. At this rate they won't turn up until the last posting date has gone.
Never mind. It has been a whirlwind year work wise. I never thought this time last year that I would have so much work coming my way. And for that I am very grateful. xx

Friday, 16 September 2011

Look what arrived!!

Well, I am sooo excited that my advance copy of 'Oliver's Winter Adventure' has arrived!!!!
To have a book published with my illustrations, is a just a dream come true.
The book will be available to buy in Tesco's from late October!!!

Thank you to the wonderful Make Believe Ideas for all their guidance.
apologies for bad photos - it was on my phone with an excited hand!!!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

New Book Coming!

Sorry, I've been quiet on here again. Summer has been busy, busy.

The first book I have illustrated is being printed now!

Here is a sneak peek, the layouts have altered and the front cover text has changed, but this gives you an idea....
The book is being published by Make Believe Ideas...I will follow with where and when you can by the book soon!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Lunch box note - last day of term

These are my lastest lunch box notes, as it's the girls last day tomorrow, for 6 and a half weeks!
Doing these is an idea I got from the amazing Holli Conger, who mentored me earlier this year.
My girls love getting them!

Here are some of the others I have done earlier in the year

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Illustration friday - swept

A quickie for 'swept' this week, using a character I have been playing around with
The bird is making sure the sweeping is done properly.

It's going to be quiet on here for a while now, as i have 2 and a half weeks to complete 10 book artworks......!

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Illustration Friday - Asleep

Illustration Friday- Asleep

This is actually a sneak peek of a project I have been working on.
I thought it was very suitable for this weeks topic!

I've been playing around with Hope's party invites and Thank you cards. These are my favourite things to design. Hope is a fairly relaxed Art Director.
Our inspiration was 'growing things', as this is her current topic at school.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Miserable Cow

Illustration Friday - Soaked
This is my Illustration Friday offering this week. I did it as a warm up today, as I am working on characters for a new project....

Sorry I've been quiet on here of late, I've had some good projects to do, but they have had tough deadlines. Phew!
I'm looking forward to sharing them!

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

The big day is coming....

So, the big day is inspiring me to do all things London.
We visited just a few weeks ago and I love it. I originaly come from Hertfordshire which is only 20 miles away, it holds lots of special memories for me.....
So I embarked upon a London Bus filled with fun characters.
The idea was for it to be all animals, but my daughters had other plans....they are on the bus!
After completing it, My eldest, Elle, decided to write a poem about it, which I have to share with you...

"There was a bus, that was a must,
to all the people all around.
It took a tour across Buttonland,
The beaches full of sea and sand.
The passengers on it were very fun,
under the big bright smiling sun.

There was a lion called Lenny,
and a penguin called Penny,
and Belinda Bunny , who was very funny,

 Daisy the driver Dog,
who drove through sun and fog.
and Ollie the Owl
who hated cows.

Benny the bird who was quite a nerd,
and Beverly bird who was quite absurd!
And there was Joan Giraffe,
(she was a real laugh)

There were 3 children aboard the bus, that was a must.
Their names were Hope, Alex and Elle,
and they were all kind, as you can tell...

The bus was red, big and bright,
and was always a magical brilliant sight!

By Elle Fennell age 9

I thought that was ace!
anyway, on a London note, here is my canvas available from www.happyspaces.co.uk

 I found another one of my cards in M&S this week, for boys aged between 8-11.
I did this about a year ago, and already , I can see how my work is changing....

Friday, 15 April 2011

Some Xmas designs

I've been working on some Xmas designs this week, and I thought I would share some of them with you. It not very topical with Easter nearly here, but hey!
© clarefennell

Monday, 11 April 2011

Some gentle encouragement for Hope!

Hope is our little girl, who is really not impressed with going to school at the moment.
We created the cucumber 'Hope' to encourage her to eat it in her pack lunch.
I worked on this Pirate image for her, as her year are having a school trip tomorrow dressed as pirates. I have always wanted to do a pirate picture, so it's been a good excuse. 


Friday, 8 April 2011

A little something....

Here's a little illustration I've done, which has no home to go to.
Just thought I would share them with you. Perhaps I should write a story about these two pals...'Spot' By Clare Fennell.
You never know!

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Illustration Friday - Duet

"We make beautiful meowsic"
My contribution to this weeks Illustration Friday topic- Duet
Based on our two crazy cats, Oscar and Juno. (They actually hate each other!)

Friday, 1 April 2011

My pal Emmas 40th birthday card

I've designed this card for my pal Emma who celebrates her (40th!) birthday this year in Mauritius!
I'm very jealous.....

Thursday, 31 March 2011

My contribution to Illustration Friday, this week the topic is 'toy'.
I thought I would show how I work, first in pencil and paint, and then Photoshop.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Promo Cards

This is my first blog, hope you stick with me....

I'm very excited as my Promo cards arrived today.The colour's could have been brighter, but overall I'm impressed with the quality.