Iconic Britain 2013

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Iconic Britain 2013 is looking for iconic images of Britain, it could be buildings, landscapes, people or culture so long as it British. Art art competition Chris Dunn Illustration Iconic Britain 2013 paintingI had an email recently containing this link for a new painting competition perfect for any realist painter.

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Something very exciting!

Emmeline Illustration

2013 award awards ceremony design week design week awards emmeline pidgen finalist five illustration illustrator news nominee picture book rising star rising star award shortlist studio talent Hi guys! Earlier this week I got some HUGE NEWS!

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£10 off limited ed Wild Ride screenprints

Emmeline Illustration

You can now get a huge £10 off these limited edition Wild Ride screenprints with code WILDRIDE10 in my shop! This offer is only on until Christmas, so get your orders in before they're all snapped up (well, hopefully!). www.emmelineillustration.mysupadupa.com. animal art.

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Kids and books

Emmeline Illustration

Have a read of the article here: [link] One More Candle comes out 1st September 2013. I have to say, seeing photos like this of kids on the other side of the world enjoying a book you've illustrated is SUCH a brilliant feeling.

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Win! 'One More Candle' picture book giveaway

Emmeline Illustration

In the run up to it's release on September 1st 2013, you can be in with the chance of winning a copy for yourself. Right guys! It's not long now until the huge launch of the newest picture book I've illustrated: One More Candle.

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You And Me The Royal We, Oliver Jeffers and world maps.

Emmeline Illustration

Happy New Year guys! It's been a couple of weeks since delving back into my freelance work - I spent a lot of the Christmas break by the sea and in the forests, so my inspiration bucket was re-filled. It's certainly been busy so far though!

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Books in Paris

Emmeline Illustration

I reworked this old illustration yesterday. Sometimes it takes a while to be able to distance yourself from the work and view it critically. I'm definitely a lot happier with it, and in a way it's nice to see that my working style has improved (well, I think so) within a year. Always learning!

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'Captain Seadog' Is Ship-Shape

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I finished my latest animal painting last week, 'Captain Seadog'. He's now fully rigged and ready to set sail and aim cannon against ' Captain Ratbeard '.

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Captain Ratbeard

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

This is a bit of a jump from my previous post 'Cheetah chase' (more on that later). Below you can see a detailed rough of the next animal painting to go with my recent series of work.

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Captain Seadog

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Here is what I am working on at the moment: This is Captain Seadog the navy captain sworn to guard the seas and coasts against Captain Ratbeard. In other news I am now a father to a lovely little baby born called Arthur!

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Pick Wick Magazine - Issue #1 feature

Emmeline Illustration

Last week I was honoured to feature in the very first issue of the completely gorgeous Pick Wick magazine. There's a great little interview with me about my childhood and how it's influenced the way I work in illustration today. Aside from a bit of an editing-whoopsie with the surname typo (actually happens quite a lot.) it's a really lovely feature with insightful questions and a double page spread of my Wren and The Bear illustration.

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Hedgehogs Progress

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I've made a start on the next in my series of whimsical-animal-based-fantasy watercolour paintings (I need to think of a better title).

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The Orator

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

The Orator Watercolour / Gouache 24 x 31cm Hot off the easel, watercolour painting finished and scanned this morning! I had a bit of trouble with the values in this painting.

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Hello shoppers! (sneak peek)

Emmeline Illustration

Just a quick sneak preview at a few character designs I've been working on recently. You'll be able to see a few more of these super-shoppers very soon! Keep an eye out. character design design digital drawing drawings emmeline pidgen illustrated illustration news painting people public. shopping

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More new paintings.

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Below you can see two paintings I am working on right now, even as I type this my other hand is holding a paintbrush, one eye is on the screen and the other eye is overseeing my brushwork.

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'The Card Game' Idea

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

The last of my small roughs that has been approved (below). I still have a lot of working out to do (not in the gym, on my drawing board) before I even think about reaching for my brushes. I hoping to give the viewer a bit of a shock in this one.

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Two New Sketches

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I have to wait for these drawings to be approved but hopefully I'll get the go-ahead. The first I like to call 'Retreat From The Windmills' and it is loosely based on the exploits of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza who are represented as an old wiry lion and a plucky meerkat.

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Open Studio This Saturday

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

If you are in Corsham please come in and say hello to me and Claire Baker. Apart from prints and originals I will also be dishing out slices of stollen which as the day goes on will probably get thinner and thinner as I start to run out - so come early!

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Captain Ratbeard

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Captain Ratbeard Watercolour & Gouache 24 x 31cm Ahoy m'hearties! Shiver m'timbers and host the main sail (blimey I don't I'll keep this pirate talk going), if it isn't Captain Ratbeard and his pi-rat-ical crew (get it?). I nearly had as much fun painting the Captain as writing this blog post.

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Cheetah Chase (Past The Finish Line)

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I recently finished two paintings, here's the first. Cheetah Chase Watercolour & Gouache 24 x 31cm I had a right old time trying to get just the right colour in the stonework, I think I painted the column about 4 times.

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'Cheetah Chase' Progress

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I took this photo on my mobile a couple of days ago. I'm now close to finishing but I have to wait until Monday before I'm back in my studio rummaging in my drawers for gouache paints. Frustration*.

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Apes Chasing A Cheetah In Ancient Greece

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

No I'm not having 'an episode', it's the detailed rough for my next watercolour painting which I developed using my perfectly 'rational imagination'. Ancient Greece Ape Art Cheetah Chimpanzee Chris Dunn Illustration Drawing funny Gorilla Greek Games Monkey Orangutan sketch Whimsical

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Cotton House - Marlborough College

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

My first house portrait completed, although it's not a private home but a boarding house instead. Cotton House is named after George Edward Lynch Cotton a well known victorian bishop and former headmaster of Marlborough College.

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What's On My Drawing Board?

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

The preliminary drawing for a watercolour of Cotton House in Marlborough College of course, I can't believe you didn't get that! Art Chris Dunn Illustration Cotton House Marlborough College

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Peacock Arts Trail 28th Sept - 6th Oct

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I'm getting all geared up for my open studio. I have over 100 pieces of art, all available to buy at seriously low prices. I will be tweeting individual pieces regularly so you can get a flavour of what I have to offer so please follow me @chrisdunnillos to be in the know.

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Night-time Reading

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

My wife was browsing through my website yesterday, it didn't take long before she started to exclaim, "where's the mole in the library?" What do you mean?" I replied. You know," then she gave me that look I only get from her when I'm being particularly dense.

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The Orator - Work In Progress

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I have to put this aside for the next few days but I finally think it's starting to come together. Art Artwork Chris Dunn Illustration Fireplace The Orator Toad watercolour Whimsical

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The Orator Work In Progress

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Chris what are you working on at the moment? Why haven't you be posting regularly? Do toads drink whiskey? All these questions can be answered by the image below.

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Messing About

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I have just finished this painting today and now I want to hire a boat and go rowing on the river Avon. In fact I've a mind to take a picnic basket, rug to sit on and maybe a sun hat too - anybody care to join me?

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My most recent and best purchase.

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

is this stunning watercolour by top class illustrator Sam Weber. This is the character Zoey from the cover of 'Fair Coin', a young adult novel by E.C. Myers. You can see how she appears on the book jacket here.

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Freddie's Patrol

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Here we have a painting I finished today. Freddie's Patrol' is the final painting of a set of three pieces, 'King Louie' and 'Lovely Day For It'. I enjoyed painting the dog's slobbery mouth although I'm sure I wouldn't enjoy it if he licked my face. Freddie's Patrol Watercolour / Gouache 24 x 31cm.

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More Painting Ideas

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Below are two ideas that I will be working up into paintings next month. Messing About' 'Quick Getaway'. Artwork Boat Chris Dunn Illustration Fine Art Fox Messing About Mole pencil Quick Getaway River Watervole Whimsical

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Lovely Day For It

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Just in case you ever wanted to know what a group of snails having a picnic in the rain looks like. I learnt a heck of a lot doing this one such as I've got to be really careful with the paper when wet.

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Masterchef

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I have just put the finishing touches to 'Masterchef' this morning. You can see the odd highlight on whiskers and fur with gouache but the vast majority of the painting is water colour. Masterchef Water Colour / Gouache 31 x 24cm Hopefully the narrative in the painting is very clear.

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King Louie

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

King Louie 24 x 31cm Watercolour / Gouache I put the final touches to my private commission 'King Louie' on Friday at the opening of the Guildhall Arts Centre in Bristol. I was one of the artists demonstrating their craft in the gallery spaces as visitors manoeuvred around us.

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'The Art Of Storytelling' Exhibition At The Pound Arts Centre

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I've been helping to put this exhibition together for a while now and finally it's ready to open. The private view is tonight and I cannot wait to hear what people have to say about the work on display.

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Louie The Lion

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Here's the next painting I have planned which needs to be finished in two weeks. I hope to make a start tomorrow. Art Artwork Chris Dunn Illustration Drawing Lion pencil Puffin Tudor

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'Settling In' & 'A Winter's Guest'

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Finished, scanned and packed all ready to be shipped. A Winter's Guest Watercolour / Gouache 24 x 31cm Settling In Watercolour / Gouache 24 x 31cm.

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Badger Progress

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I've started the colour work which is just about all you can see as my mobile phone camera is too blurry. Artwork Badger Chris Dunn Illustration Newspaper Progress watercolour Whimsical

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Badger Underpainting

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Here's a little under-painting I completed today. On to the colour tomorrow. Badger Chris Dunn Illustration Sepia Underpainting watercolour

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