Featured Artist| Clare Foley

Clare Foley is a Dublin-based illustrator who focuses on comics and sequential art. She was homeschooled as a child and went on to study Visual Art at KCAT and Illustration at BCFE. Her illustration work is varied, jumping from energetic tales of Joseph Weil (America’s classiest con man) to the moody, delicate work of her 1850’s mystery webcomic ‘La Grande Breteche’. For media, she uses a variety of tools, including watercolour, inks, gel pens, acrylic, printmaking techniques, and photo collage.

For now, Clare Foley’s main focus is on her webcomic ‘La Grande Breteche’, based on a story by Honore de Balzac. An 1850’s mystery that is told visually with delicate watercolour, pencil drawing and hand lettering.

“I love a picture that tells a story. When I read a great story, straight away I want to draw it. When I read ‘La Grande Breteche’ by Honore de Balzac, I fell in love. I felt that I had to celebrate this story by creating the intense pictures that I saw when I heard the names of the characters. I want all my drawings to have life in them. I want to make people feel as if they know the world of that character, even if they only see one drawing. I think that’s what good illustration is, feeling as though you’re already part of that world, even after just one frame.”

More of Clare’s work can be found here:

facebook.com/clarefoleyartist
redbubble.com/people/clare-foleylagrandebreteche.tumblr.com

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