Editorial illustration for Country Life magazine with Clare Mackie

Clare Mackie creating an illustration for Country Life

Clare Mackie creating an illustration for Country Life

Guest blogger Clare Mackie tells us about life as an illustrator.

Quick update: this is a picture of me working at home on an illustration for Country Life, whose commissions I love. They employ different writers for their ‘My Week’ column, and it’s my job to realise a scene or a quirky image that springs to mind from their copy. It’s always engaging as there’s a mix of writing styles, subject matter, and seasons, but as I enjoy painting animals best (and they’re mostly what’s required!), it’s a very happy collaboration indeed.

I’m often asked what paper and materials I use. My studio is well stocked with acid-free watercolour paper and good quality watercolours (so important, as the student ones don’t seem to be so clear and beautiful to paint with). As I occasionally use dip pen and ink there are bottles of ink in the drawer and a small metal box of nibs.

As for the technicalities, I scan the finished artwork at 300dpi and tweak it a bit if necessary in Photoshop. I’ll also give it a code and save it into a folder on my Mac desktop. I now always send illustrations to clients digitally with one exception as they prefer it that way and always do a beautiful job… therefore well forgiven.

Best wishes, Clare

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2 responses to “Editorial illustration for Country Life magazine with Clare Mackie

  1. Your working space looks very serene compared to mine!

  2. It’s a tiny room and thankfully the floor isn’t photographed…..