All Tropical

All Tropical have currently Teamed up with The Ghosts of Birds Gone for their latest tshirt competition, inviting people to submit imagery of birds which have become extinct. Below are the three entries that I created as well as links to their entries on All Tropical. I would hugely appreciate comments, votes and shares of them.

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Click Here to Leave Feedback for ‘Dodo’

 

Click Here to Leave Feedback for ‘CMYK Macaw’

 

Click Here to Leave Feedback for ‘Guam Flycatcher’ 

There are some brilliant entries in this round of All Tropical illustrations, but I’d love to be able to get one of my images into the final ten and I need everyone’s help to get me there. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 


Adventure in an Abandoned Garage

So since having moved house a month or so ago I’ve passed this garage and petrol station every time that I’ve got the bus into Lincoln and have been itching to photograph it. I have a huge interest in abandoned buildings and have spent quite a while looking at some great shots from all over the world online so it was great to be able to take some of my own.

 

 

We were really fortunate that someone had taken one of the panes of glass out of the windows to get into the garage, meaning we could get in to photograph the inside of it as well as the outside.

 

 

These lights were just hidden under a loose piece of flooring. It seemed really strange that someone had gone to the trouble of removing them but not getting rid, as though they were hiding them to come back and claim.

 

 

As well as the garage there was also a little independent petrol station and shop, but unfortunately there was no way to get into the building and as I wanted to capture the decay and destruction that had already occurred and not add to it myself I wasn’t prepared to break my way in.

I would love if someone could let me know what these strange plantlike tendrils hanging down were caused by, they’re extremely eerie.

 

The next place I have my eye on to photograph is a derelict barn in Dunholme. As it’s a little further from home it’ll have to be quite well planned, but its another one I have an urge to get off the bus and see every time I drive past it.


Illustrations for Amelia’s Magazine 2

As I have mentioned before, I do a lot of illustration for the lovely Amelia’s magazine. I really enjoy the huge amount of variety that I get to create with the articles that I am set, from shoes to bears, dresses to bands. Here is my latest selection of published illustrations.

Gazelle Twin by Claire Kearns.jpg

Kidnap Alice by Claire Kearns.jpg

Lazy Clockwork Animals by Claire Kearns.jpg

Max Kibardin Shoes by Claire Kearns.jpg

Polly and the Billets Doux by Claire Kearns.jpg

Serena Dagmar Dress by Claire Kearns.jpg

Stefania Dagmar Dress by Claire Kearns.jpg

The Magic Lantern by Claire Kearns.jpg

To read the articles that these illustrations have been used for click here.


Zines for Tatty Divine

On twitter a month or so ago I spotted a call for women zine makers to submit work for an exhibition in London. Being as I’m both a woman and have dabbled with zines before I decided that this might very well be worth me having a hand in and so have dug around to find copies of my old zines and created a new one with my illustration work specially to send down.

The first of the zines that I’m sending down is Survival Guide, which was created as a mock issue for part of my third year uni work. The idea was that students would work together to create each individual issue which would then be distributed in pop up shops around the country.

The second zine is an old one for me, something that I created in the middle of my second year to address the feeling of hatred. The hatred I chose to show was my hate of being a member of staff at KFC and all the horrible people that I’d had to serve (I’m so glad I don’t work there any more!) The zine was actually bound in KFC brown bags after I’d sampled a variety of different pieces of packaging to see which one worked best. The illustrations inside were really stress relieving to work on.

The third and final zine is a compilation of some of the illustration work that I’ve created over the past 2 years. There’s no real theme here like with the other two, I just wanted to get as much of my work down into this exhibition as I could. I got a colour copy done as well to keep myself and take to interviews as a quick sample of what I’m capable of doing.

 

 

 

 

If you’re interested in visiting the Tatty Devine Girls & Zines event starts on the 3rd of August. I’ll be trying to make it down if I can. 🙂

 

 


Illustrations for Amelia’s Magazine

Recently I’ve been working on a lot of illustrations for Amelia’s Magazine which have been an immense amount of fun, if sometimes a little tricky! Having such a short deadline for a lot of these pieces has been a great challenge, and really caused me to have to stop and think about what I’m doing.

 

I’ve not had chance to upload a lot of these yet, obviously if you follow Amelia on twitter or are on my Facebook friends list you will have seen a lot of them anyway, but here’s a compilation of most of the images I’ve worked on over the past few months.

 

 

To read the articles that these illustrations have been used for click here.


Card Project Part 1: Hearts

I recently decide that I’d like to design my own deck of cards (not for anything particularly deep but just because I thought they’d look nice!). These cards will all be created in a cutesy style with each of the suites having a different theme and colour scheme to it.

 

I’ve started on the Hearts, having given them a theme of love and a colour scheme of red and pinks. It’s been quite a fun challenge to work with a limited colour palette.

 

 


Eventually I’d like to get these done as an actual deck of cards as well as postcards and posters. But first I have another 60 cards to finish!


Two Little Girls

My greatest apologies for the lack of updates, but somewhere within all the designing, job applying, illustrating and general day to day life I seem to have forgotten to squeeze a few updates in every now and then!

 

The illustration above was a test to see how well Letraset Tria marker’s work as fineliners, as I’m sick of buying fineliners and finding that I’ve worn the nibs off them within a month or two so that they create nasty and uneven lines. It frustrates me because I know the pens are still packed with ink, I just can’t get to it anymore. My verdict was that Tria’s aren’t QUITE as good to line with in the fact that they seem to bleed a fair bit when colour is applied on top of them but that this problem is easy to deal with and should hopefully mean I just need to purchase a few replacement tips and cartridges rather than have a pencil case full of dud fineliners.

 

As I’ve yet to find full time employment that starts straight away I’ve been trying to occupy myself with as many little projects as I can for the time being. I’m doing some freelance logo design for a friend, have pitched to do this year’s rebrand on Oxjam (which I’m waiting to hear back about, I’ll post my pitch here if I don’t get picked as I love it and will most likely develop it further anyway) and am working on a variety of personal projects as well.

 

Within the next month I’m hoping to have enough prints, badges and stickers to set up an Etsy store. I’m considering trying my hand at hardback book binding as well to create some custom sketchpads with my work on the cover, but I’ll need to test this out with some much cheaper materials to begin with as it’s been a fair while since I did any binding. I have lots of want to do things, but lack of money is really holding me back at the moment (quite sadly).

 

I will be visiting my family and friends back in Stoke next week, before heading to Birmingham on the Sunday and Monday to help Inkygoodness out with an exhibition, which I am hugely nervous and excited about. If I’m allowed to (I still need to ask) I will be taking plenty of images while I’m there. Once I get back I should hopefully be working as a Graphic Designer for an up and coming business magazine in Nottingham which I’ve already designed the logo for. It mean’s 2 hours worth of trains and an hours bus ride a day, but I’m looking forward to it as it gets me out of the house and actually doing some design work for money!

 

I’m now selling some of my art on society6, so if you fancy buying anything my shop can be found here . I’ve only got a slow upload speed in my flat, so check back regularly for more updates!