Gasp! I have just realised that it’s been over a month since I last wrote a blog post! It appears looking after a baby isn’t conducive to keeping an up to date blog…or getting anywhere on time, eating hot food or cleaning the house for that matter!

Not to worry, I’m here now with a photo-filled post about my latest commission. I’ve probably mentioned before, but every new piece I do becomes my favourite. I feel like I pick up a little bit more skill with each commission and this one is no exception.

This is a poster illustration for Above Bounds Theatre Collective to advertise their upcoming show ‘The Ugly Duckling and Other Tales’. My friend Helen has secured Arts Council and National Lottery funding for the project, and it’s very exciting to be a small part of it.

The Ugly Duckling illustration

I painted each layer with watercolours, cut them out with a craft knife and then mounted them to create shadows. I love the effect and will be doing many more in this style!

The Ugly Duckling illustration

Below you can see the layers, I think there are seven in total.

The Ugly Duckling illustration

One of the ‘Other Tales’ is the Emperor’s new clothes, hence the Emperor being measured by his tailor.

The Ugly Duckling illustration

Part of the brief was that the characters around the pond should be taking photos of the ugly duckling with their phones.

The Ugly Duckling illustration

The Ugly Duckling illustration


Ugly Duckling Illustration

These last couple of illustrations are for the leaflet which will accompany the performance. There’s the Emperor being laughed at for his lack of clothes…

Emperor's new clothes illustration

…and three chickens having a chat!

chickens illustration

And here’s the final poster with the text overlaid by Helen’s designer.

The Ugly Duckling illustration

I’m sharing this post on the following blogs: Handmade Harbour, Paint Party Friday and Blue Chair Diary Illustrations!


Clare, i just found out about your work because you visited my blog. But i am smitten and so glad that you did drop by! This is such a beautiful and genius piece of art. The layering gives the scene such a live appearance.Hope you have a great day 🙂

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