Warm greetings

Just for the record, I consider the Dutch my absolute favourite nationality and adore the people I know in the Netherlands. The girl in this illustration isn’t Dutch at all.

Illustration in watercolour and graphite. Prints available to buy at my tictail shop which will be up and running soon.


My portrait process

Mixed media portrait of Debbie Harry, lead sinder of Blondie
Mixed media portrait of Debbie Harry, lead singer of Blondie

When painting or drawing, I have always been attracted to portraits. Oh yes, I really do love illustrating all sorts of things, and go into a bit of a panic if I come across something I haven’t drawn before (ever drawn a bush baby, anyone? Me neither) but human faces are a favourite. As humans, we all rely on complex social interaction and our faces and expressions play a key part of that. I also enjoy portraiture because it’s so incredibly difficult. Get the petal on a tulip wrong and no one is going to notice, even the other tulips. But draw a feature on a face incorrectly and instantly, it isn’t the person you intended. Even with other animals I feel there is more room for error. I’ve painted loads of birds in my lifetime and one of the reasons I enjoy them as a subject is their cold twitchy appearance. I really do sense their faces have a robotic quality. Maybe because it’s hard to smile when you have a beak. However, even with other more expressive animals like dogs and horses (I have drawn oodles of those too!), there still is something not as challenging.

I’ve probably drawn over a thousand faces in my time, and because of the variety of our fantastic species and the ability to express ourselves visually, it’s always guaranteed to be interesting.

Well, where do we begin?

The purpose of this blog is to showcase previous and existing work in my area of expertise – illustration. I have loads of great stuff in my office/cupboards/behind the sofa and have done great stuff for other people but none of that matters a jot if no one knows about it! Over the coming months I will be updating this blog with all manner of lovely things so please don’t be shy and say hi or send me a comment. It’s lovely to hear from you!

If you want to collaborate or commission me for any particular projects – you are very welcome to get in touch.

T: UK +44 (0)7854 346033 / NL+31 (0)627285702

E: workofclaranicoll@gmail.com



A private commission in progress. A pencil and acrylic painting. Spooooky!
A private commission in progress. A pencil and acrylic painting. Spooooky!
Half way through the finished article