Middle Grade Novel Illustration

I’ve finished my middle grade novel, Magical Raintree Daughters. It’s so good to be done! With Book 1, anyway. Now, I will be searching for a children’s literary agent. Jonathan, meanwhile, has been looking for his own literary agent as well. How do you spell fun? Q-u-e-r-y!

As you may remember, Jonathan and I collaborated on the novel; he is doing the illustrations. Here’s a sketch board of some of the characters. Wish us luck as we try to make this dream a real-live book (or three).

Illustrations by Denver illustrator Jonathan Fenske

 

Denver Illustrator Mad Skillz

We’re feeling a little punchy tonight: it’s the end of Spring Break and we enjoyed a staycation. Which is to say we searched desperately for free or low cost things to do each day with three kids of varying ages (8, 5 and 2). Anyhoo, tonight’s meal was stir fry whipped up at home and supplemented with delicious potstickers from Thornton’s own Heaven Dragon. Plus: gigantic slices of navel oranges.

Bring on that weekend! Here’s a cute illustration from Jonathan’s latest picture book project called STUFF. He’s been working on this character this week and he says he’s finally there. Have a great weekend, ya’ll! And thanks for stopping by.

A picture of a boy looking up by Denver illustrator Jonathan Fenske

 

Lego Painting

Jonathan just finished a commission for a collector family in Atlanta. This is #2 of 4 paintings for their four boys. (The first painting in our blog header.)

For each painting, the collectors’ sons give Jonathan ideas of their favorite toys and then he creates a “dream scene” with the playthings. For this painting, Jonathan built a couple of the models himself from Lego parts we had lying around. The other objects were from existing model sets. He told me this was his way of being “creative on two levels.” Really, I think he just likes to play with Legos.

Love this one! You can see a picture of the beginning of this painting, here.

 

A painting of Lego toys by Jonathan Fenske Denver Artist

 

 

Have Some Happy Thoughts

Here are a few illustrations from Jonathan’s picture book HAPPY THOUGHTS. It’s not sold yet, but we’re working on it.

Excited about tomorrow: WOODWARD AND MCTWEE’S publication date! Yahoo! You can buy it in any bookstore or online, of course. Look for the Penguin Young Readers series carousel in your favorite bookstore. Thanks for supporting Jonathan’s work…we are so appreciative.

A little girl sleeping next to a cloud

 

An illustration of a sunset by Jonathan Fenske

 

An illustration from Denver artist Jonathan Fenske

A New Painting Begins

This is the gritty side of the arts: a freshly-built and sanded canvas. Gesso. An Australian Shepherd.

Jonathan is starting a commission that should be really cool. It’s for the same client who also commissioned the painting pictured in our blog header.

I’ll post more when it’s done. Happy Monday, everyone!

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Denver Corporate Client Mural

Jonathan finished up this week’s mural project Tuesday night (or should I say Wednesday morning?) for The Regis Company in Golden, CO. He worked at night (by his request) so he could cruise along and not disturb the company’s employees. (I have mentioned it before, but Jonathan started out as an artist back in the day painting murals in homes).

This client (awesome, awesome people willing to take a chance on an animation-ish, whiteboard style mural) found Jonathan’s whiteboard animation/video scribe work online and contacted him to see if they could work together.

A mural by Denver illustrator Jonathan Fenske

The mural is 16′Wx8′H and is painted on MDO signboard. I have to brag on my man: he engineered this cool way to hang the panels on two strips running horizontally. The panels are fitted with 45-degree-angle pieces of whitewood that interlock for easy removal. Why not just screw the panels into the wall, right? Well, this way, the company, which is growing like gangbusters, can lift off the panels in a jiffy and take them to their new corporate space one day when it’s needed.

You might notice the empty cartoon bubbles on the mural. Those are for removable vinyl art that can be applied for various client visits or other uses. Using these removable pieces of vinyl allows the mural to be updated with projects, awards or anything relevant that happens later.

Detail of a mural by the Denver illustrator Jonathan Fenske

Detail of a Colorado mural by Jonathan Fenske

A mural for a corporate client by Denver artist Jonathan Fenske, detail

Thanks for stopping by our blog! Check out our Etsy shop for some original art from $49 or canvas Giclee prints from $99, all by Jonathan, of course. And don’t forget, Woodward and McTwee debuts March 20, 2014 for the young reader in your life. 

A Pig, A Fox, and A Box Finds a Home

Yeah! We’re tap dancing here. Jonathan has sold A Pig, A Fox, and A Box to Penguin USA. We heart this, most completely.

It will be a part of the Young Readers series and is set for Summer 2015. We love our people at Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap/PSS. And Jonathan is so very happy to work with his editor, Ms. Bonnie Bader.

Just a reminder: Woodward and McTwee comes out next month–March 20, 2014–also from Penguin USA. Thanks for the love you’ve given Jonathan’s other two books. We think you’ll like Woodward and McTwee, too.

Also, in other news: Jonathan has finished two new picture book dummies and is shopping those around. I have also completed the writing for the first book in The Magical Raintree Daughters three-book series for middle grade readers. I am editing and hope to have it all polished up soon. Then, I have to sell it. THAT’S NOT HARD, IS IT? Hahaha, I’m laughing over here, just all by myself.

An image of Jonathan Fenske's children's book A Pig A Fox and A Box

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