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).  

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.