March 8, 2012
I am an illustrator and designer from the South West of England.
My work is influenced by my time spent as a graphic designer working on a broad range of projects, specialising in pre-school gift and activity led stationery.
You can view my previous design and illustration work in the sidebar pages, this included Zany Zoo for WHSmith, Little Bugs for Sainsburys and RetroMetric for Paperchase. I now work with a broad variety of major book publishers from all around the world. Visit my online shop to view my products including mugs, greeting cards, apparel and gifts.
My Agent details: The Organisation
www.organisart.co.uk email The Organisation
Lorraine Owen – London Office
69 Caledonian Road, London, N19BT, United Kingdom
New York Office
42 Delavan St, New York, NY, 11231, United States
January 22, 2013
A logo I designed for The Wood Stop, which is a furniture and interiors company run by my husband.
October 3, 2012
My business cards have arrived, this pic shows both sides:
September 18, 2012
The Solar System artwork is now available from Happy Spaces online gallery as a canvas print, shown here alongside the World Map:
I posted this on here a few days ago and then swiftly removed it because Happy Spaces were running a competition to guess the subject of this new artwork, I thought this would be too much of a clue so I took it down, congratulations to whoever correctly guessed ‘The Solar System’ from the clues.
August 17, 2012
I was delighted to receive samples of some large floor puzzles the other day from Silver Dolphin
It was a really interesting project, especially coming up with animals that began with the letters, u, x and q (Umbrella Bird, X-ray Fish and Quail).
The three puzzle sets are themed, with insects/bugs, animals and monsters. The numbers puzzle has the corresponding number of bugs in the picture, so because the snail is sitting on the 7th flower, there are 7 snails to find (each with 7 dots on their shells), 8 ladybirds and 9 bees etc…
The Monsters are decorating with different colours (or colors, as its spelt in America) and the animals are parading along a path. The puzzles are nice and large, we did them on the dining room table so our dog kept off them!
The puzzles each come with a poster with areas to stick stickers to complete the design.
June 21, 2012
I have finally finished a design of Our Solar System, I was given the idea by a customer who bought my Map of the World (see their lovely comment below). Now it’s finished and sent off to Happy Spaces for them to print up onto canvases. A great idea, lots of research and head scratching required, additional help with things I’d got wrong, thank you to my brother-in-law, but all done! It was especially fun placing each asteroid and star, as you can imagine!
“I’ve bought your fantastic First World Map and it now proudly graces my 6 year old son’s wall – his brothers are very jealous! They all love looking at it! I’ve left a review with Happy Spaces and am really hoping you’ll do a similar piece of artwork of the Solar System for the space on his other wall! One of the United Kingdom would be great too! Please keep up the outstanding work. Many thanks from a very grateful customer.” Carolyn Whitten-Brown
June 14, 2012
A new piece of work, a bit older in feel to my usual work, using line and pattern:
May 22, 2012
My baby alphabet design is now included with my other designs that are available as children’s wall art from Happy Spaces
March 14, 2012
I’ve finally finished my new baby alphabet. An a to z of things to do with babies.
I’ve used a soft colour palette and watercolour textures, and a very soft checked background. More information on the availability of this as a canvas print to follow.
March 12, 2012
South West Illustrators (of which I am a member) have a newly revamped site, featuring local illustrators and lots of new artwork:
March 8, 2012
Here are some photos of books that I illustrated for Holland Publishing, they are published by Little Star Creations an imprint of Holland Publishing. The first book (shown above) See-Saw-See Colour of a Bee is all about colours, the second, (shown below) See-Saw-See Shape of a Pea teaches children to look for shapes.
March 1, 2012
I’ve been really busy lately working on bits and pieces for Bologna Book Fair.
I found this little sausage dog character that I’d done a while ago and had forgotten about, so I thought I’d post it as its been a while…
December 14, 2011
I’ve only managed to get 4 from my baby alphabet posted up here so far as I’ve been busy on book and pattern projects. Hopefully the next time I put this work up it will be when it’s all finished!
October 13, 2011
These are 2 cloth baby books that I also worked on for Campbell Books. Soft, huggable baby books for a baby boy or girl, the sample book that I’ve received is really lovely, very soft and tactile.
Click here to pre-order for February 2012.
October 12, 2011
Two more Squirty Bath Books will be available in February 2012, now there are Squirty Elephant and Squirty Croc in addition to Squirty Frog and Duck (see earlier post).
I worked on these fun puppet bath books for Campbell Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd. They are hand puppet bath books with a squirter at the bottom of the cover.
To pre-order these books click here.
October 3, 2011
It seems like a big number to me, so I thought I’d mark the occasion, this site has received over 100.000 hits so far. Thank you for taking the trouble to have a look at my work!
October 1, 2011
…The Map of the World artwork shown below will be available from mid-October from Happy Spaces.
Also I’ve re-posted here some news from Happy Spaces about being nominated for an award:
We’ve just found out that we are a finalist in the Sheerluxe Online Shopping Awards – *happy dance*! As you can tell we are super excited about this and wanted to say a very big thank you to everyone who has already voted for us. We also wanted to ask very nicely if you love Happy Spaces and our products, please, please, pretty please, vote for us here (http://www.sheerluxe.com/online-shopping-awards.aspx) – thank you kindly *cheesy grin*!
July 1, 2011
I was asked to design a children’s world map for Happy Spaces, an exclusive gallery for children. This project was a great way to improve my geography knowledge and also to think about the kinds of animals and places which would appeal to children and inspire them to think about travel and adventure! Here is the final design:
June 6, 2011
Insects and Flowers along with 4 other prints available from Happy Spaces are currently on sale in the London and Manchester Paperchase stores as part of a trial, so if you are nearby it would be worth going in and taking a look:
May 31, 2011
Samples of three books which I illustrated for Korea Hermannhesse arrived last week, these phonics books tell the story of Amy the cow.
These pictures show – front covers, endpapers and a spread from each of the books.
May 23, 2011
I’ve been working on a new illustration lately which I filled with pattern and painted textures.
I particularly wanted to use a pattern that was based on a paisley design. I painted this in acrylic, using the head of a pin dipped in paint to add in the dots.
I like the contrast of painterly areas and textures against smooth clean shapes, the stripes shown below were done using an edge of card dipped in paint, I also use textured art paper which I paint or spatter using a toothbrush to get the effect that I want. I can change these textures into different colours and add them into the final artwork.
April 22, 2011
We are moving house very soon, so I’ve taken the opportunity to design a change of address postcard, I’ve blurred the address just to withhold my address online. If you need to contact me please contact my Agent at The Organisation.
The card features my daughter and also my dog Stanley, he is an unusual mix of schnauzer and cocker spaniel, but as he is basically a ball of black fluff, he presents a challenge to illustrate, he is also incredibly difficult to photograph successfully.
We are moving to a seaside town which I’m sure will provide lots of fresh inspiration, once I am settled I will be scouting around the town for ideas and I hope to bring out some prints in the future.
March 22, 2011
An image on the theme of ‘sport’ as we are fast approaching the London 2012 Olympics. I’ve just created another online store called The Team Winners Store, see more here… Read the rest of this entry »
March 8, 2011
I have been working on a variety of note cards, announcements and invitations for my store, after getting a query on this site.
Baby Announcement Card, with 3 stages of life shown by a caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly. This card is fully customizable, the name, date of birth and weight of the baby can be printed on the front, with space for extra details in a colour panel on the inside.
Baby Shower Invitation – also customizable.
I’ve also added a more general note card and bag with the same design.
January 7, 2011
I found a long forgotten sketch that I’d done a while ago, so I’ve worked it up into colour, using textures and pattern.
December 16, 2010
This Ballerina design was awarded a ‘TBA’ – one of Today’s Best Award on Zazzle. Which adds to the one that I got for a previous mouse pad design.
I’ve been adding designs to my store that have a customizable name incorporated within the design, here are some more examples:
So far I have done art prints/canvases, mugs, T-shirts and iphone cases, and it’s easy to type in your own name or the name of a friend if you’re looking for a unique gift.
December 1, 2010
Here are a couple of posters I’ve done this year for my local school’s PTFA. The events are themed, ‘Winter Wonderland’ for this Christmas, and ‘Wild West’ for the previous summer fete. The school’s colour is purple which I incorporate into the designs.
November 16, 2010
These bright and colourful Squirty Bath Books which I worked on for Campbell Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers, are available online to pre-order. They are hand puppet bath books with a squirter at the bottom of the cover. The samples I’ve received are lovely, and it was a fun project to work on:
Click here for more detailed product information about Squirty Frog and Squirty Duck Bath Books.