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



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

52 Week Illustration Challenge - Week 1: FANCY DRESS

"I'm looking for the man who shot my Paw!"

This year I'm attempting the 52 Week Illustration Challenge. That's a brand new themed illustration,  every week for 52 weeks. I did attempt this last year, but for various reasons I fell short towards the end of the year.

It's run by a fantastic bunch of Aussie ladies over of Facebook, who monitor submissions week in week out. If you're on the book called "face", you can check out the page here.

If nothing else, it'll bring me back to regular updates on the blog. If anyone's still out there?

Star Wars "Empire" Little Golden Book

Back in early Feb 2015 I received an email. It had, quite possibly, the most exciting subject line I've ever received. Ever. It simply said...

"Star Wars Little Golden Books"

Whaaaaaaaaaa?

So anyway, 6 months later I got my sweaty eager hands on my preview copies.

In true Golden Book fashion, this series is super cheap and super cool. So please go support the other 5 artists and their books too.

All 6 books are on sale now and will also be released in September in a swishy looking boxset! WoooooooOOoooo!

I will post more artwork as the days go by but, for now, here's a look at the front cover. Just so you know what to look for (winky face)


Oh and I got to do "Empire"! *tiny fist pump

52 Week Illustration Challenge - Second Helping

Here's some more artwork from the 52 Week Illustration Challenge over on Facebook which somehow I'm still managing to keep up with. The weeks keep relentlessly barreling along, despite my best efforts to slow down time. Actually, I'm not really trying to to slow down time that would be foolishly futile and, ironically, a big old waste of time.

Anyway here's 8 weeks worth of things with themes.

Week 8: Coffee
"Up all night"

Week 9: Texture
"Best spot in the house"

Week 10: Night
"Witching hour"

Week 11: Green
"Leap Frog"

Week 12: Costume
"Playtime"

 Week 13: Transport
"Escape"

Week 14: Whimsy
"Staying Dry"

Week 15: Vietnam
"Hoi An lantern"

That's it for now. But I'll back. I've got some exciting news in the coming weeks, which I'm bursting to share.

Bye bye for now.




52 Week Illustration Challenge - Massive dump

So this year I've taken it upon myself to join in the 52 Week Illustration Challenge over on Facebook. Its a great excuse for me to forget about work for a while and just do something for myself for a change. Each week is given the theme and the rest is up to you.

I've been a bit slack in actually posting them on my blog. Its so easy these days to post on FB, or Instagram or whatever. So much so the poor old blog gets overlooked.

Anyway the challenge is now in its 7th week, so here are all my entries up to now. In one great big art dump. Hope you like em :)

Week 1: Fairytale

Week 2: Italy

Week 3: Retro

Week 4: Insect

Week 5: Kitchen

Week 6: Magic

Week 7: Farm

Beastman's Diary

"Dear Diary,

Once again Skeletor has been a total jerk today. I don't know what it is I'm doing wrong, and it doesn't seem to matter what I do to try and make him happy, it's NEVER enough.

He doesn't get that He-Man is really REALLY strong and its really hard to fight a big tough guy like him every day. Plus my chiropractor said I should be taking it easy with my back the way it is, not getting into scuffles willy nilly.

My confidence is at an all time low and I swear if he makes fun of my fur again, I'm going back to live with my parents. At least they understand what its like.

What he doesn't understand is High School was a really tough time for me, I was an early developer and all the other kids would tease me all the time. like ALLL the time. It took me a long time to get over that and yet here we are again.

I bet if i was to make fun of his boney face and call him names he wouldn't like it.

Oh well, perhaps tomorrow will be different. Me and TrapJaw are going bowling, so that will be nice.

Thanks for listening

BM  xxx"