As you know, I love to bring you news of the best artists, books, musicians, stories…anything that is just too stellar to be kept a secret. Chris Dunn is probably not a secret any longer, but I only stumbled across his work about a year ago. He does book covers and book illustrations. And they are each a wonder to behold!
I wrote to Chris and asked him for a bit of history or glimpse into his inspiration. This was his reply:
I don’t have many quirky stories to share however, one thing you might find interesting is where I found my original inspiration to produce illustrations using anthropomorphic animals. I grew up reading the Redwall Abbey series of children’s books by Brian Jacques. Unfortunately, in 2011, Mr Jacques passed away and so I decided to create a homage to his life as a writer and to the wonderful characters he created, which have sparked my imagination ever since. That homage was my first animal illustration of a mouse sleeping at his writing desk. The mouse is supposed to be Brian, and the snow falling outside the window represents the Winter of his life. That piece is called ‘Jacques’ Rest’ and you can see it here.
You can also read about how the artist John Howe inspired me with his Tolkien illustrations by clicking here.
I know a few of us are fans of Brian Jacques, and I’ve certainly read Tolkien and appreciate the stories and some of the artwork (although I did not know about John Howe.)
It’s not possible for me to pick a favorite from Chris Dunn’s work. There’s a lot to love! I love the owl shot. I think that best represents me when I’m at work writing! That’s right about what my work area looks like too!!!
Here’s another one that intrigues me.
It’s a bit cut off–click to view the whole picture! If you let your mouse hover over the picture after clicking, it will enlarge and you can see some of the terrific detail. In the first picture I posted at the top–you really need to hover. That shot has so much really great detail from the red squirrel hanging laundry to the harness on the crow. Fabulous stuff.
Thank you Chris Dunn!!!
Unrelated books, but covers with fantastical creatures:
Dragons of Wendal