Hand-drawn personalised nursery name illustrations by Wicklow artist Stella Kearns
Founder of Little Star Illustrations, Stella Kearns, has always had artistic talent and a passion for drawing. Stella has been an illustrator for over thirty years, starting out in some of Irelands well-known animation studios – Brown Bag Films, Emerald city Productions, Sullivan Bluth, Murakami – Wolf Productions and Caboom Animation to name a few. She was trained in the art of animation, character design and all aspects of bringing animation characters to life. Stella still works and develops her little characters as she would for animation, beginning with rough blue pencil sketches.
In 1998 after the birth of her first child, Kate Janaki, Stella moved from animation into the area of freelance illustration to allow her the flexibility of being a full-time mum and a working artist. Luca was to follow in 2001! The skills she built up in animation led naturally into the world of children’s illustration. Stella has collaborated with many authors in developing illustrations for children’s books and children’s education.
Stella started to draw personalised name pictures for children, allowing her to do what she loved most.
As her commissions grew she decided to concentrate in this area and the aptly named ‘Little Star Illustrations’ was conceived, fully launching in 2016.
She works primarily in pencil coupled with a touch of colour in red ink, applied to high-quality paper, creating a really timeless gift to be treasured a lifetime!
Stella’s work is individually handmade to order and her designs are both unique and imaginative – perfect for little ones to treasure, making them an original new baby, Christening or children’s birthday gift.
Each baby name or Initial is lovingly hand-drawn, and favourite toys or pets can be included too to create a special personalised gift. All of Stella’s illustrations are available as Fine Art Giclee Prints, created to look like the original artwork.
All prints and original drawings can be ordered professionally framed in white wood or mounted without a frame. Personalised names, Initials and prints of Stella’s wonderful illustrations would make a totally unique gift for a nursery or any special occasion! For all ages!