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About CombeToons

Karen profile
Karen French – artist/designer 


Karen, originally from Australia, moved to her husband’s hometown of Ilfracombe over 20 years ago & has enjoyed raising her family in beautiful North Devon.  A self-taught artist she has always loved cartooning which is evident in her quirky design style.  Having had a previous career as a geologist, she can’t help being captivated by the rugged local coastline & you will notice that rocky outcrops often feature in her work!  She travels widely & has been influenced by the many forms of art seen on her trips, from urban murals to tribal bark paintings, adopting a distinctive use of bright colours & bold lines.


Karen has recently moved from more traditional printmaking methods to digital based art, created using an iPad & other software.  She also enjoys surface pattern design & uses her original, unique fabrics to create a variety of bespoke homewares.

Sandy Warhgull - a gullie with an eye for Art!

Strangely it was an encounter with a cheeky seagull on a blustery Spring morning that marked the beginning of CombeToons!  I sketched him braving the fresh gusting breeze, then later carved his image in lino to create the iconic Sandy Warhgull, a gullie with an eye for Art! He has had a recent revamp to reflect my love cartooning and design!

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