"I’m so glad I ordered a portrait from Claire. As a visual artist & writer, I believe that it is very important to have my avatar visually telling my story. First impressions must send the right message. Claire is so thoughtful and patient, she takes your wishes and corrections into account every step of the way! I couldn’t have asked for a better creative process. Claire succeeded in capturing my soul and putting it into her drawing. I will definitely consider ordering from her again in the future."
Celia Schouteden
Project: Portrait

Apart from writing, I am also a trained graphic designer and illustrator. I currently hold a BA in Design majoring in Communication Design and minoring in Marketing.


My signature illustration style is simplistic with minimal colour (although I can add colour upon request). I especially love projects with a dark and moody atmosphere or with horror-related themes. 


I'm currently open for freelance projects and commissions.


      # book / general illustrations    

      # book covers (horror or dark fantasy covers especially!)   

      # portraits (single, couples, etc.) 

      # album / single cover art 

      # video editing (using adobe premier pro)

      # storyboarding for comics, animation, film, etc.    

      # video game assets (2D characters, logos, objects, etc.)

      # graphic design / brand illustration (logos, banners, press kits, social media content, posters, etc.)

      # website design (preferably on Wix, Squarespace or similar software)


My portfolio is below with my previous projects (click image for details), my work is also available on Instagram and Redbubble. My contact page is here if you'd like more information or are interested in a commission or in hiring me.


(Click on images to see full image + details)






Commission-based portraits are normally based off a reference image with any additional features (flowers, props, etc.) to be discussed in the consultation. 



Prices will vary based on the reference picture (full body, above waist or above shoulder), the number of additional features, etc. 




Book & Cover

Art / Design

I'm open to creating cover art or cover designs for any genre or medium by my speciality (and favourite) are horror, suspense or dark fantasy covers for books, music albums or similar outlets.


For book covers, I'm happy to work with publishers and independent authors in producing the perfect cover to give your story its well-deserved justice.


To the right, I've provided some mock book covers for some of my favourite stories. As well as some of my previous work. 


These covers vary to give a good example of what I am capable of producing whilst also presenting you with an idea of pricing. For example, 'The Tell-Tale' would come at a lower price than 'The Yellow Wallpaper' due to the comparison in detail.



Graphic Design

The gallery to the right shows a range of my general graphic design work.

The clients, brief and any other specifications can be found via clicking the appropriate image.




Website Design

Although Wix is my preferred software, I am capable of creating a range of different websites for a range of cilents and companies. 




Take Your Turn, Teddy


- Illustration

December 2020


Client: Haley Newlin / New Degrees Press


Project Description: To draw inspiration from Newlin's novel 'Take Your Turn, Teddy' to produce 10 original black and white illustrations for use within the interior of the Summer 2021 hardcover edition. 


The illustrations were made primarily with ink pen and watercolour with some adjustments and refinements made in photoshop.


Haley's vision for these pieces revolved around reflecting the dark themes of her novel, hence intense shadows and gritty textures were used to help get across the atmosphere of the story.



Content Creation 

Platforms such as Instagram and Twitter are my speciality in regards to creating content that will draw in and capitvate your target audience. 

I'm also open to discussing any marketing strategies you may have in regards to promoting your latest project in order to ensure that it reaches it's fullest potential. 


  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Redbubble
  • Amazon
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