Advice & Tutorials

Encouragement and guidance based on my years of experience in illustration, design and crafting.


Clare’s top 5 tips for making stickers.

Sunday 31st July 2022

Stickers are a great product that can get your illustrations out there. They’re low-cost, fun and versatile, meaning that they’re great both to sell and to purchase. Below I’m going to go through my five top things to consider when making stickers.

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How to create a repeating pattern in Adobe Illustrator.

Tuesday 19th May 2020

It’s quite straightforward to make an illustrated pattern or group of motifs that you’re really pleased with, but it can become very complicated when you need that pattern to repeat in all directions, particularly when you have overlapping elements or an atypical repeat. In this guide, I’m going to show...

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What is illustration copyright?

Tuesday 21st April 2020

Copyright is a simple term in that it means exactly what it says: the right to copy. The concept, however, can cause some confusion about what is and isn’t allowed, what clients have and haven’t paid for and what constitutes a breach. This fogginess can lead to some clients demanding...

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Creating good relationships when working with clients.

Wednesday 25th March 2020

We’ve all been there. ‘This isn’t anything like what I asked for!’ ‘I’m not paying for this.’ ‘Why is it going to take so long?!’ Unfortunately, some clients just don’t get it. Things take time. Illustration costs money. I have bills to pay too. I do know what I’m doing....

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How do illustration licences work?

Monday 24th February 2020

Whether you’re a freelance illustrator or commissioning illustration from artists, it’s important to understand how illustration licences work. The purpose of this general guide is to help to alleviate some of the uncertainty that businesses may feel when commissioning an illustrator, as well as give illustrators the confidence to use...

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