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owyouknowabout...make small educational films for 8-12yo about famous folk in history, to encourage further interest. It was a welcome chance to get back to watercolour & historical settings after a couple of years spent working on bright shiny digital projects.

Karen Donnelly

Karen Donnelly

illustration of Nineteenth Century scene. A young woman and her father row through tumultuous seas at night to rescue passengers of a ship driven onto rocks in the storm.
UK publisher Ransom Ltd
kidlitart, children's illustration, historical, bravery, courage, sea, maritime, boat, British, nineteenth century, woman, Grace Darling, heroine
illustration of It's Christmas Eve, and the cousins have come to stay. All the kids are allowed to sleep in the living room under the Christmas Tree. Just one cousin still awake and having a crafty prod of the presents. 
Alarm set for Christmas o'clock!

NB Never do this is real life - your children will never go to sleep and Christmas day will be nightmare!
illustration of Young female doctor explains an X-ray to young teen girl, her mother and her PE teacher .

Hospital, Health, Care, Medic, Doctor, Pain, Injury, Sports, Physical Education, Foot, Bedside
illustration of Fun, simplified, graphic map for puzzle, game. London, bus, shopping, taxi, cab, infographic, police officer, route, directions, how to
illustration of Group of tween kids, mixed ethnicity, waiting with camping gear. The girls look decidedly reluctant - while the boy looks keen to get out into nature. 

Teens, attitude, moody, happy, enthusiasm, camping, hiking, holidays, outdoors, summer
illustration of from Middle school reader, US publisher Rubicon

Teen, girl, reading, solitude, interruption, comfort, leisure, teen fiction, YA, young adult, mystery, escapism, publishing
illustration of group of 15-16 year olds packing up after some study time. One of the boys is looking disgruntled.

Teens, boys, girls, students, study, school, college, university
illustration of From New Testament series focusing on individuals, Mary of Galilee UK publisher Real Reads Ltd
illustration of From MFL course (German-English) Published by Cornelsen
illustration of Controversial news at the lunch table, and its not just about the broccoli!
Mum and Dad are just telling the kids how they are moving from NYC to Colorado. The little boy is excited, but his older sister is not so pleased.
On Track, published by Schoeningh, Westermann GmbH
illustration of Rebellious young teen girl argues with her exasperated authoritarian father - she is not doing her homework tonight. Her studious sister looks on rather smugly, as she sees her sister in trouble again.
Gone Missing, by Jean Ure. UKpublisher Harper Collins
illustration of three pre-teen kids at dusk, mid-summer, sat round some sausages cooking over a campfire. They are shining torches under their faces while they tell spooky stories.
In the background a sheep looks on.
illustration of Busy scene at the kitchen table. 3 siblings are getting very messy decorating eggs on a chilly Spring day ay Grandma's. Grandma is obviously in her element. Her grandchildren, aged between 5 and 11 years old are taking their work very seriously. Beneath the table and chairs, Grandma's cat is very disgruntled by the presence of these
 disruptive visitors.
illustration of from MFL course (German-English) publisher by EdCo Ireland
illustration of Busy happy scene on a chilly British beach. Large extended blended family have all met for a day at the beach. 
Part of an English Language program for 12-13yrs.
Plenty of vocabulary to tackle here :)
illustration of Black and white image of stern authoritarian elderly man glaring through his monocle and wagging his hairy finger at the viewer.

TY Guides - Maths. Uk Publisher Hodder
illustration of  SW England Living Memory project to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1.
The image contrasts the brutality of war with the with the cosy safety of the family home where these events become 'stories'. The little girl listening at the door is one of the people who contributed her memories to the project.
illustration of Farm camping in Britain. Busy scene with tents, caravan, and general camping paraphernalia.
illustration of Twinkle the Cat, from Lucky Stars, UK publisher Pan Macmillan Children's books
illustration of Oliver Twist looks on appalled as his new friend The Artful Dodger steals a valuable silk handkerchief from an unsuspecting gentleman.
Young Readers digested edition, UK publisher Real Reads Ltd
illustration of From On Track, published by Schoeningh, Westermann GmbH.
Busy scene with all the mail characters in a large department store.
illustration of From Lucky Stars, series of 10 titles UK publishers Pan Macmillan Children's Books.

Alex is a careful, thoughtful person who believes in Science. His friend Cassie believes in Magic, They get along just fine :)
illustration of Dusk, and two children wrapped up against the cold have gone out into a frosty snowy field to offer an apple to the old shire horse, who is also wrapped up in his coat
illustration of Small vignette to say 'February' . Published by Edco Ireland
illustration of Wily weatherbeaten Lady Pirate with her threadbare pirate on her shoulder, sailing the High Seas.
Molly McNo, US Publisher Heinemann
illustration of A range of characters from various published books incl. The Princess Diaries (MacMillan Ed), Gone Missing (HarperCollins), Josie Smith in Winter (HarperCollins), Citizenship (A & C Black)
illustration of Plague Doctor with mask and herbs at his nose looks on as scene of panic unfolds. Healthy folk rush with bundles of belongings and babies in arms to leave Plague-stricken 16th century town. Infected rats scurry between their feet and around the town water supply. In the background is a horse drawn cart loaded with corpses as people bring out their dead to add to the heap
illustration of Busy scene in a British hospital accident and Emergency Department. Doctors, nurses, paramedics, ambulances. 
 On Track - Schoeningh,Westermann GmbH
illustration of Illustrated map of ancient Nile, for semi-permanent wall display in Birmingham Museum, UK
illustration of From On Track Published by Schoeningh Westermann GmbH
illustration of Pre-teen girl atop a tall stool decorating a plain eggcup from Things To Do With Mum, a book packed with crafting and activity ideas.
illustration of From 'Life of Florence Nightingale', Uk Publisher Usbourne. 
Scene of medical care in 17-18th century at the 'cottage hospital' where well meaning but uneducated older women would care for the sick and the dying, often making their condition worse as the link between cross infection and disease was un known.
illustration of Cover art for Eggs on Legs by Jean Ure, UK publisher Badger Learning.

Pre teen girl has just found a weird glowing Egg character. Her Tabby cat looks on with disapproval
illustration of Young readers digest of Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations. 
Pip doesn't understand the game. Miss Havisham looks on with cruel satisfaction as her protege Estella outwits the boy at cards
illustration of Inquisitive rabbit, poking his nose in where its not wanted ;)
illustration of From an Educational reader US publisher Heinemann. A girl and boy peer through the windows of a derelict old house, while an older woman makes a call, looking concerned.
illustration of Group of teenage girls, all set for a bike ride when it turns out 2 of them have never ridden bikes before. From
illustration of From Abenteuer Deutsch, publisher by Edco Ireland. A small section of the school orchestra rehearsing - double bass, saxophone, flute.
Quite a sound!
illustration of A bunch of teen girls are trying on tops and blouses
illustration of Map Game, Published by Schoeningh Westermann GmbH as English Language activity
illustration of Two teen girls have won a competition to back stage after a gig and meet their favourite singer Rea Garvey. 
From Abenteurland published by Educational Company of Ireland (
illustration of From Gone Missing by Jean Ure, US publisher Harper Collins Children's Books. Two typical British schoolgirls standing outside the bus shelter. We can see the feet of the rest of the waiting passengers waiting inside the shelter. Generic 'pirate' movie poster on the side of the shelter.
illustration of Dog disappointed at the contents of its bowl. Self promotional work.
illustration of Wet Walk in British Summer! nMiserable Family trudge on with a country walk on a day that started out warm and sunny.

#Kidsart #educationalpublishing #kidlitart #hiking #countryside #rural #weather #rain
illustration of Two young women returning to England at the end of WW1 find they are denied jobs - ex servicewomen (nurses) were thought immoral.

A Century of Memories, published by Bath and Somerset District Council
illustration of Teens on activity holiday all helping to make the evening meal. 
From Abenteuer Deutsch, Edco Ireland
illustration of Cassie finally meets Stella, her Fairy Godmother or guiding spirit
illustration of From Abentueur Deutsch, Published by Edco Ireland
illustration of From a Century's Memories, living memory project to commemorate the end of WW1 for Bath and NE Somerset Council. As this lady told us about her amputee Dad who made his living mending shoes after the war, the strength of their bond over 80 years ago was palpable.
illustration of Historical scene of American pioneer family camped on the road. Mother tends the pot, daughters mend clothes, father and son make repairs to the wheel. The oxen are unhitched and enjoying a break. Published by Cornelsen GmbH
illustration of Busy Christmas scene in a large department store. From Abenteuer Deutsch, Published by Educational Company of Ireland.
illustration of From Lucky Stars Series by Phoebe Bright. UK Publishers Pan Macmillan Children's books
illustration of Grandma out running in the winter. From Abentuer Deutsch, published by Edco Ireland
illustration of From Lucky Stars, Uk Publisher Pan Macmillan children's Books
illustration of Teens at activity holiday have been preparing animal feed. From Abenteur Deutsch, Edco Ireland
illustration of Its Autumn, fall, and time to get all caught up with her journal. From On Track, published by Schoeningh, Westermann GmbH
illustration of Busy scene in airport departure lounge. Large family group are waiting for their gate to be announced. Published by Schoeningh, Westermann GmbH
illustration of Cheerful woman bringing steaming hot plate of sausage, bacon and egg. From Lucky Stars series, UK Publisher Pan Macmillan
illustration of Teen girl runs to get the group leaders/teachers from their break to advise in the kitchen.
From Abenteur Deutsch, Edco Ireland
illustration of Mixed ethnicity family and dog at Breakfast on the first day of their holidays.
From Lucky Stars series, UK Publisher Pan Macmillan
illustration of A country livestock and activity fair in Northern Britain, school group enjoying a picnic lunch.
From On Track, Published by Schoeningh, Westermann GmbH
illustration of Junior High Schoolgirl excels at martial arts.
US Publisher, Holiday House
illustration of Irish language reader, Published by Folens. Tearful teen girl in hospital bed, looking at X Ray of her injured foot while the doctor explains the prognosis. Her mum is holding her hand and concerned PE (Phys Ed) teacher looks on.
illustration of Published by Cornelsen GmbH, board game based on US map showing various iconic US people/activities
illustration of Small icon to represent 'April'. 
From Abentueur Deutsch published by Edco Ireland
illustration of Illustrated Map of Scotland showing iconic features. Published by Cornelsen GmbH as board game activity in English language scheme.
illustration of WW1 scene, a horse drawn limber struggles over waterlogged terrain. An exhausted soldier falls off and is run over by the carriage, only saved by the depth of the soft mud. For a local History event and publication, commissioned by Bath and North Somerset Council UK


I have worked as a professional illustrator for many years. My USP is a fluid lively line, relatable characters, and of course - I read the brief and meet the deadline. Experienced in Trade and Educational Publishing, Public information campaigns and Advertising, and semi-permanent infographics for national and specialised museums.


Black & White, Caricature, Cartoon, Digital, Graphic, Lettering, Line, Line with Color, Pen & Ink, Realism, Storyboards, Watercolor, Decorative, Whimsical


Humor, Action, Adventure, Animals, Book Covers, Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Children's Products, Comic Book, Editorial, Education, Family, Fantasy, Fashion/Cosmetics, Food, Health, Historical, Holidays, Icons, Information Graphics, Landscape, Leisure, Maps, Medical, Music, Mystery, Nature, People, Religious, Science, Sports, Toys & Games, Transportation, Travel, Web Illustration, Wildlife, Americana, Agriculture, Food/Beverage, Lifestyle, Feminine, Masculine, Youth, Ethnic, Environmental, Urban