Friday, 6 May 2016

Circus Parade

A fortnight ago I finally finished 'Circus Parade'. Apologies for not posting the finished painting until now. Anyway, better late than never...
Circus Parade
90 x 50cm
Watercolour & Gouache
I hope it meets your approval. The painting was certainly an intense experience, especially when it came to painting the audience. Sometimes I wonder why I put myself through it!!

At the moment I am undecided as to whether I think this final painting was a success, which is my typical response upon completing a large painting that took longer than a week to paint. However once I have a good break from seeing it (about 2 months), I will be able to assess it properly.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Cushy Cushions!



You can now buy cushions featuring my illustrations through 'Signature At Home'. The cushion backs are a nice purple, but eventually the red backs (as seen in the photos) will be available as well.
Just search for 'Chris Dunn'.

Here's the link - http://www.signatureathome.com/search?q=chris+dunn&submit 
Photos by http://www.photo-sensitive.co.uk/

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Greetings Cards From 'Love From The Artist'

I'm very pleased to announce I now have a selection of greetings cards available to purchase through www.lovefromtheartist.com 

'Love From The Artist' say: "We are a small community interest organisation (just a handful of art lovers really) and with your help we're hoping to make a big difference to British artists, photographers, designers and illustrators - amateurs and professionals alike - so they can earn fairly from their creativity."

Here's a link to my current stock library of cards - https://www.lovefromtheartist.com/Artists/calne/chris-dunn-illustration. I will be adding another 30+ images in August, so if you don't see the particular illustration you want, don't worry, everything will be available in a few months time.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

'Circus Parade' Work In Progress

For the last six days I have been working intensely on this large 90 x 50cm watercolour painting. It might not be a mural but it's large enough for me!

Fuzzy photo time! Still using the drafting I was given when I was a school boy.
You can see I returned to the usual sepia tonal under-painting to maintain a warm hue throughout the image. I decided if all the action is inside a tent lit by gas lamps, without natural light, then all the shadows are going to be warm.

Fuzzy / wonky photo! Note the reflected warm light on the underside of the elephants.
Once the under-painting was completed, I blocked in all the local colour for every single character and object. In the process of 'blocking-in', I suddenly realised I needed to roughly outline most of the audience, using sepia, in order to create a mass of shapes that would convince the viewer they were looking at a group of seated animals. This took a  l  o  n  g  time, not surprisingly, but as I introduced local colour, when I returned to 'blocking-in', the effect was as intended and so worth the effort.

Final fuzzy photo! The current state of the painting, waiting in my studio for Monday morning.
Local colour down, I started to really render each individual character in the parade as best I could, starting from the left and moving across. I'm still in that tight rendering process now, but I'm happy with my progress. At this rate, I should be finished late next week - unless I run away to the circus.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Solo Exhibition Pound Arts 4 March - 23 April


If you are in the area please visit, entry is free. Below is a video by the wonderful Corsham TV all about the exhibition.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Forthcoming Daniel Maghen Exhibition T & A Article

Emma Clayton of Bradford's Telegraph And Argus newspaper, has written a really nice piece about my artwork, highlighting my forthcoming exhibition with Galerie Daniel Maghen in Paris this Summer.

Please give it a read - 'Artist Chris to showcase his colourful population of animal characters at top Parisian gallery'.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Paisley Rabbit And The Treehouse Contest

If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen my latest book illustration project, 'Paisley Rabbit And The Treehouse Contest' written by the wonderful Steve Richardson.

https://www.facebook.com/Paisley-Rabbit-and-the-Tree-House-Contest-1388441301462594/?ref=hl

However for those without Facebook accounts, I thought you might appreciate a post or two featuring some artwork.

Paisley excitedly tells her brother all about the treehouse building contest between her and her school friends.

During Halloween, Jimmy Squirrel goads paisley as the contest heats up.
So far I have completed just two colour illustrations (above) but I have roughed out the rest of the book. Below you can see just some of the drawings ready to be transformed into watercolour paintings.
Paisley and friends meet up to discuss plans for the contest.
Paisley finds help in the big city
Treehouse building gets underway.
There is a lot of work ahead, but I'm really excited about this book so I'm sure time will fly as i work on it. Every so often I will blog my progress with the finished illustrations, and don't forget you can follow me on Facebook to see more regular posts.

For more great children's books by Steve Richardson, visit his author page on Amazon.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Arts In Wiltshire Guest Blog

Towards the end of last year I moved out of my studio at The Pound Arts Centre, and set up my home studio over the Christmas period.

I was then asked by Meril Morgan, one of Wiltshire Council's Arts Development Officers, to write a guest post on the 'Arts In Wiltshire' blog, reflecting on my time at the Pound. To read the post please click here.

I'd like to thank everybody at the Pound for their help and support over the last three years, I've been very fortunate to spend a good chunk of time with such lovely people. I would also like to thank Meril for inviting me to write about my experience.

Now I'm working hard at home, I can't wait to see what the future has in store for me!

Monday, 1 February 2016

Illustration Masterclass 2016 'Peter Pan And Wendy' CANCELLED

UNFORTUNATELY THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED


'Jolly Roger'
Watercolour
24 x 20.5cm
This year I will be teaching a full time book illustration workshop for 5 days at Marlborough College Summer School, 10th - 15th July.

The course will be focusing on illustrating the classic children's story 'Peter Pan & Wendy' by J.M. Barrie. The painting above is a sample illustration I have produced to guide my students during the course. To give you a bit of context, this illustration will feature the chapter 5 title 'The Island Come True', in the top half of the image. At this point all the inhabitants of the island (except Peter) are out in the night hunting each other. The pirates hunt the lost boys, the indians hunt the pirates, and the wild animals hunt the indians.

If last year is anything to go by, the course will be lots of fun and hopefully participating students will learn a huge amount - if not, there is always the free food!

Course fee: £400

Click the tickets link for more details. 
http://summerschool.co.uk/course.asp?course=38&cat=2

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

'Barging Through' Rough Drawing

'Mason's Joy' is causing a lot of disharmony on the canal.
This will be the final painting in my series of animal characters influenced by 'The Wind In The Willows'.

The setting is based on Horton bridge, on the Kennett And Avon canal near Devizes. In order to get the appropriate photographic reference, I took a very nice five minute drive, with my son Arthur, down to the bridge. Then with my two year-old in a harness on my bag, I trooped around the tow path with my camera in hand. While I took photographs, Arthur commentated on his surroundings - he especially liked the boats but he didn't think much to the police-badger.