Thursday, June 14, 2018

This mornings musings

I loved that light filtering through the trees this morning and I couldn’t resist taking a short video. I was listening to Harold Budd & Brian Eno’s “A Stream with Bright Fish” and reading over some notes from talks about writing when I heard my friend Sarah Aronson (writer, teacher, coach) asking me the question. Check out her page, workshops, and free newsletter. 
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Monday, June 11, 2018

Characters

Details from Sleepytime Me written by Edith Fine, published by Random House.

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Detail from Sleepytime Me illustrated by Christopher Denise

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Detail from Sleepytime Me illustrated by Christopher Denise

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Friends

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From Firefly Hollow by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Christopher Denise

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Green

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From Firefly Hollow written by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Christopher Denise

With the book wrapping up I’ve really enjoyed spending a bit more time outside and taking in all the green and the light. 

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Sketchbook

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©2018 Christopher Denise


Don’t forget to give yourself a few minutes to just draw today!

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Detail part 2

Following up on yesterdays post regarding digital vs. traditional work and texture.
This image is a detail from my most recently published picture book Groundhug Day written by Anne Marie Pace.

With Groundhug Day I was going for a slightly more washy layered look so it will look a bit different than the pastel detail from The Great Redwall Feast that I posted yesterday. Nevertheless, I see the two sets of work as similar. It can be a bit tricky to compare the two works so directly as The Great Redwall Feast was published in 1996 and Groundhug Day was published twenty-one years later in 2017. As you would imagine some of my technique, regardless of medium, has changed.

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from Groundhug Day written by Anne Marie Pace, illustrated by Christopher Denise

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Detail

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The Great Redwall Feast by Brian Jacques, illustrated by Christopher Denise
Detail from interior art included in The Great Redwall Feast written by Brian Jacques.


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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Staring to feel like summer. Hope you are having a great weekend!

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From The Redwall Cookbook, written by Brian Jacques illustrated by Christopher Denise
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Friday, June 1, 2018

Older work/newer work

  • Funny to look back on this work from over twenty years ago and realize that I am working towards the same look on my current project!
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my illustration from Little Raccoon Catches A Cold written by Susan Canizares

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Current work

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current book project detail
A detail from my current project. I’ve really loved having the excuse to go back and really study the line work of E H Shepard again. Most are familiar with his work from the Pooh books and of course, The Wind in the Willows.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Starting to feel like summer!

Pretty incredible moon when I left the studio last night. 

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art from Sleepytime Me, written by Edith Fine, Random House 

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Select original art from my books on ETSY

Select original artwork from my books are featured in my ETSY shop.


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Own a piece of original artwork from your favorite book!

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