Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Happy Birthday Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast!

Be sure to drop by Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast and wish Jules a Happy Blog Birthday! She has been running this amazing blog about picture books and their creators for ten years this month.
If you are in the industry, a librarian, a teacher, a bookseller, or just into kids books and interested in the authors and illustrators that make them you MUST visit.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Just a little up date

I am deep in production on a wonderful book written by my friend Anne Marie Pace so there has not been much time for posting. Sorry! I have been trying and will continue to post some of the work in progress but for now I thought it might be nice to post a few things that have caught my eye recently.
Here is a little gem by a French artist named Cunio Amiet. He was a contemporary of Pierre Bonnard. I just love this piece.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Technical difficulties

And we are back up and running. Screen is a tad smaller and I've been trying to catch up on ten years of programming in the last twenty four hours, but the new machine rocks! Many thanks to my friend Jon from Tiny Showcase for helping me save all the data that is my current book!

Friday, June 17, 2016

An apology

As a rule, neither Anika or I respond to reviews-positive or negative. But after she brought the following review to my attention I felt that an apology was in order. The review as it appears on a online book retailer
(5 stars) Kyle J "The reason why I don't like that book because it looks tough of how the bears can stand up. The book didn't seem like the best children's book I ordered so I've given it away to Good Will store"
An Apology.
Dear Kyle,
I would like to apologize for any distress that viewing this particular title or the images may have caused you. Rest assured that no bears (or bear like mammals) were harmed in the creation of the pictures that appear in this book. While it is true that I normally work from life, after a brief and somewhat chaotic experiment with the bear known as “Buster” from Wild Bill’s Piccadelliys Circus entertainment (LTD) we thought it best to work from reference photos. Many of which I might send to you. They do in fact show bears standing more fully erect than most teenagers I have encountered in the past six months.
I should also like to take this opportunity to apologize to the several neighbors of our studio who’s flower beds were compromised in “Busters” untimely departure from the work session.
I would also like to apologize to our handers assistant, Lenny, who's left leg mistakenly fell into Busters jaws while in the mist of attempting to secure an apron around the bears waist. Lenny our thoughts are you and your family tonight.
I would also like to apologize to the current and past residents of Piccadelliys Circus for the clearly unauthorized use of the name of your venerated enclave.
My most sincere apologies go of course to “Buster” and his many cousins of ursa major. I very clearly depicted the bears in my book dancing to something resembling an early form of swing dance with clear references to “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller ©1939 Bluebird records. Any misunderstanding this might have caused pains me.
Lastly, I would like to give thanks to our local police, fire, SWAT, and animal control departments for helping us to ensure that “Buster” was returned to Wild Bill and his associates in a timely and efficient manner.
Most of all, Kyle, I would like to thank you for your Philanthropy and generosity.
Do not forget that such donations are 100% deductible.
Please sign up for our mailing list I will make sure that you receive a copy of our next book!
Best wishes,
Christopher Denise

Thursday, April 28, 2016


I have some traveling coming up and I thought it would be fun to share some images from the road.
Instagram is so convenient so I will probably be using it quite a bit.  If you are not already a follower of my account, be sure to check my profile. There are images and process shots that I do not always have a chance to post on this blog or my public facebook page.




Sunday, April 24, 2016

Lucy's Lovey

As you can see, I work quite quickly. Any given piece usually takes about 30 seconds. From "Lucy's Lovey" by Betsey Devany. From Henry Holt this September.


Monday, April 4, 2016


Interesting little aside. A few months ago the folks over at Netflix asked for the rights to use Firefly Hollow (text and images) in an episode of House of Cards. Never sure how these things go, scenes are cut ect. But if any of you binge watchers catch it, be sure to let me know!

One of my earliest influences...

I loved my view master-still fascinated by these mini environments!

Friday, April 1, 2016