Thursday, 1 December 2016

'Paisley Rabbit and the Treehouse Contest' Continued

My last post on 'Paisley' gave you a sneaky peak at the huge treehouse cross-section I was working on - click here. Thankfully I eventually finished it and I'm going to show you the whole full colour version, including lots of details hitherto unseen on the web!
The Treehouse Cross-Section, watercolour and gouache 53 x 102cm
This took me roughly 30 days to complete and really pushed my studio's capabilities. For example the painting, when stretched on board, didn't fit my easel so I had to work with it propped against the wall. Also most of the time I was stood with my back against the opposite wall trying to take in the whole image as it progressed. You will see in the shots below, it was very easy to get lost in the details of this illustration and forget about how the whole painting should be knitted together with a consistency in colour, tone and level of detail.
A ball pool with individually painted plastic balls. Why, Chris, why!?
A well stocked cellar ready for Christmas festivities.
No treehouse is complete without a cinema
An American diner, because it's the 1950s (and America).
I think we'd all love an entrance hall like this.
Paisley's on personal library, with a secret staircase running through a hollow branch.
 










Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Christmas Card Packs

This is the card design I will be using this year.
Lovefromtheartist.com are now doing special Christmas card packs of 6 cards for £10 (£1.67 per card) and UK postage included. Click here to see the pack. You also have a choice of seasonal messages to pick from, for the inside of the cards. Please take a look.

Monday, 31 October 2016

More illustrations than you can shake a stick at...

'Hey, Toad, look over here.'
Recently I have been updating my new website www.chris-dunn.co.uk . Please take some time to browse the site, as it provides links back into archive of this blog and highlight blog posts in relation to individual illustrations.

The most recent of updates is the full collection of 'The Wind In The Willows' illustrations I have painted for Guomai, a Chinese publisher. There is quite a number and I will be adding more in the next year, as I illustrate more scenes from the book. To see the collection, click here.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Flying Monk Arts & Crafts Trail 2016

It's time to make plans.
I'm excited to be taking part in the Flying Monk Art Trail, this year in Malmesbury, Sat 24th and Sun 25th September.

I will be exhibiting with Claire Baker Ceramic Art and the painter Mary Ray Smith, in the Burgess's Room, next to the Tourist Information Centre in Malmesbury town centre. Like all the other exhibitors during the trail, we are open 10am - 5.30pm. However unlike all the other venues, myself, Claire and Mary will continue to exhibit until Friday 30th, so if you miss the weekend, you have the rest of the week to drop in and say hello.

There is so much to see this weekend, just take a look at the programme / map below and start making plans:




Saturday, 10 September 2016

More Paisley Rabbit And The Tree House Contest

Here's a short follow up to my even shorter post last month. Below you can see the completed single page illustration of Mr Otter sat in a muddy puddle after failing in his first tree house building attempt.
"All under control - nothing to see here."
The next illustration I have been working on (and expect to be still working on it for weeks ahead) is the cross section of Paisley's magnificent tree house. The rough design for the tree house was a challenge, so goodness knows what state my brain will be in when I complete the final illustration. I can see myself sitting in the corner of the studio floor, staring, slack-jawed and unresponsive. Some people would probably not notice any difference in me!
One tree house to rule them all...

Propped up against my studio wall, and measuring over a metre in height. This watercolour is a challenge on all levels.


Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Bear Mountain Books

Maria Schneider at Bear Mountain Books, has very kindly posted about my artwork. I also gave her a little bit of extra information regards inspiration for my characters. Please take a look - link 

In other news, here's the line work for the next 'Paisley Rabbit And The Treehouse Contest' illustration I am working on.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

The Wind In The Willows

Over the past 3 months, and in-between other jobs, I have been working on a collection of 30 watercolour illustrations for 'The Wind In The Willows', to be published by Guomai in China.
Mole's house is getting a bit of TLC
It's a dream job for me, Kenneth Grahame's book has been a rich source of inspiration over the years. I just wish I had more time available to me to produce large illustrations instead of mainly spots. I think I will keep adding to this image bank in the hope I can get another book published in the future containing even more artwork.
Ratty sets out in the winter air to find his friend
You can see many more of these illustrations on my new website - click here

Monday, 25 July 2016

20% Discount In New Online Shop

It's very exciting to finally make all my signed limited edition prints available online. Please take a look. The offer ends 30th September. Just enter welcome123 when you 'view cart'.
http://www.chris-dunn.co.uk/so/aLON1zu9?cid=0#/main

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Galerie Daniel Maghen Show, 29 June - 23 July


I'm very pleased to announce I am exhibiting for the next 3 1/2 weeks with the extraordinary Joe Weatherly at Galerie Daniel Maghen. I spent two years working towards this show, and finally it has arrived!

If you happen to be in Paris, please drop into the gallery and take a look - Galerie Daniel Maghen, 47 quai des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

New Website www.chris-dunn.co.uk

Things are on the move. Please check out my new website. I will be adding more and more artwork and information over the next few weeks, and I'll eventually have a nice little shop for you to take advantage of (if you so wish).