Meet Klara Hawkins

Meet Klara Hawkins

Hello, I’m Klara from Klara Hawkins Illustration and I’m part of Cardly’s community of independent artists. I’m a British illustrator that lives on the outskirts of London and I work in a lovely new purpose-built studio at the bottom of my garden. Molly my rescue cat usually keeps me company, sleeping in a cosy box on my desk.

My Path Through Illustration

Drawing has always been my passion – though I didn’t even know illustration was a thing until a tutor at art college suggested I study it at University. This was a definite light bulb moment and I knew it was the path for me. Once I graduated, I landed a dream job with a top greeting card company and loved it. I worked there for over 15 years, gaining so much invaluable experience which helped me start my own illustration business!

I’ve been self-employed since then and am now in my 8th year of business. Initially, I just worked for greeting card companies but I slowly found my own style and everything blossomed from there. I’ve worked for companies all over the world and have illustrated children’s books, clothing, packaging, toys, homewares and much more. The last few years have been magical with some amazing projects and clients - and I’ve loved every minute.

How I Work

Originally I painted with acrylics, however now I work completely digitally. Adobe Illustrator is my favourite program, I love the freedom it gives to play with scale, composition and colour. It allows me to create results I probably would otherwise never arrive at. It has become second nature and I simply couldn’t work any other way now. I don’t have much patience for sketches and normally have a rough idea in my head then jump straight on my computer, drawing with a Wacom tablet.

I feel so lucky to be on this journey as it’s my true passion - I do what I love and love what I do. I’ve been an artist with Cardly for several years now and have loved watching them grow from strength to strength.

I really like that you can live in the UK and send a beautiful, personalised card to Australia, America and most of the world that’s posted from there the same day. Cardly is also amazing for sending greeting cards to friends and family in the UK too with their free first class postage – cards arrive really quickly!

Thanks for reading about me and I hope I can help you find the perfect card for whatever occasion you’re looking for!

Amazing company - always great service and friendly team. I have been a Cardly client for about two years and I use them regularly to send postcards to my family, friends and colleagues in the USA and all over the world. All the people I’ve sent postcards to received them right within the timeline and the quality has always been exceptional. I love Cardly and what they do - they bring the convenience and deliver happy moments.
- Anita A, USA
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