Monday, 30 May 2016

Bannockburn Primary School - Residency

So last week (23-27 May 2016) I was lucky enough to be invited along to Bannockburn Primary School (just outside of Geelong) to be their artist in residence. 

Throughout the week I drew Monsters with the Preps, Grade 1-3 and brainstormed some original character designs with Grade 4-6.

I was completely blown away by the level of creativity and imagination that came out during our brief 1 hour sessions. Together we created all the characters you see above, plus many more on paper which I didn't manage to get photos of.

It was a great experience and I'm extremely flattered to have been asked along to such a fun and art loving school.

Cheers BPS


Thursday, 21 April 2016

Pixel Raiders Trailer


Check out this spiffy little book trailer for Bajo and Hex's PIXEL RAIDERS which I illustrated for Scholastic Australia. 

Lots of hard work went into this from all parties and the end result is something we're all very proud of. 

There will be  4 books in this series and Book 1 "DIG WORLD is available for pre-order now and released May 1st 2016. Wheeee!

Although the book is all black and white interiors, I got to colour up some key scenes for this trailer. I've included the black and white originals for a little comparison 

*Fun Fact: I managed to sneak my family into this Bus picture. Unfortunately my wife got cropped out of the final printed version. That's showbiz!






From PIXEL RAIDERS #1: Dig World by Bajo & Hex

Text copyright © Stephanie Bendixsen & Steven O’Donnell, 2016
Illustrations copyright © Chris Kennett, 2016

Published by Scholastic Australia Pty Limited, 2016


Wednesday, 23 March 2016

52 Week Illustration Challenge - Week 12: NON DOMINANT HAND

"Bad Hare Day"

Soooo drawing with your non dominant hand ay? In my case the left.

Hoooo boy! That was tough. Every instinct was screaming at me to swap hands the entire time. By the end I actually felt a bit woozy. Great excerise, but like most excerises, its not something I want to try again in a hurry ;)

If you want to see it done properly. Check out Bruce Whatley in this interesting vid



Wednesday, 9 March 2016

52 Week Illustration Challenge - Week 10: ANIMAL

"Oh Hai"

Cheeky ol' wolf up to no good. I spent a bit of extra time this week fleshing out the background for this piece. I'm usually a bit of a background skipper in my personal work, especially if I'm pushed for time. Not this time. POW!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

52 Week Illustration Challenge - Week 9: WATERCOLOUR

"Duck Dive"

Tried to experiment with some watery effects for this one. Not technically a watercolour piece, but a digital watercolour piece is as good as I can do ;)

Friday, 19 February 2016

Pixel Raiders

Very proud to announce this upcoming book I've recently illustrated.

PIXEL RAIDERS #1: DIG WORLD

Written by ABC3's Good Game presenters Bajo and Hex, it focuses on Rip and Mei and their adventures through multiple digital realms.

This is my first move away from picture books into the world of Children's fiction and I can't think of a better project to be a part of.  I can't share much from it yet, but since the cover has been released online, I figure its fair game.

If you have some young gamers in your life they will definitely get a kick out of this. Available for preorder here.
From PIXEL RAIDERS #1: Dig World by Bajo & Hex
Text copyright © Stephanie Bendixsen & Steven O’Donnell, 2016

Illustrations copyright © Chris Kennett, 2016
Published by Scholastic Australia Pty Limited, 2016

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

52 Week Illustration Challenge - Week 7: KINDERGARTEN

"Cheeky Little Monkeys"

Its been a while since I had to do Kinder duty. I seem to remember it being something like this.