Wednesday, August 10, 2016


I recently finished a cover illustration for a book about cancer, called "Chemo, Cupcakes and Carpools."
It is a guide to "How to go through Chemo with your Family, Your Marriage and Your Sanity Intact."
Written by Angelique L'Amore.



Monday, July 6, 2015

Just a few illustrations I have been working on








Since Nov. I have had 4 illustrations jobs and my "day" job went from part time to full time it has been busy busy.  All four projects have been for e-books and all have been done digitally.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Practice

I have been practicing with my tablet and Photoshop.  I took an online class for Painting in Photoshop and learned a ton.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Illustrator Saturday

I was honored to be interviewed last week by Kathy Temean for her blog "Writing and Illustrating".  A blog for the sharing of information for writing and illustrating for children.
My interview was posted this last Saturday May 10.

Here is the link:   https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/illustrator-saturday-denise-clemmensen/



A recent painting I did in Photoshop that was included in my interview.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Rainy day sketches


 I recently did a job with a very quick turn around, there was no time to play around with different scenes, so whatever I thought of first is what I used. This is the scene that was approved.  The illustration needed to show a sad boy that was bored because it was a rainy day, but that his little sister finds the day fun.  After the project was finished I thought about how else this could have been illustrated.  By doing this exercise I hope to get my brain thinking of different approaches to scenes to make them more interesting from the start. 





 I thought I would play with an outside looking in scene.  I like this, it looks cute. I like their faces.  Sister is mimicking her big brother,  she looks like she is enjoying the rainy day.



 

                    Then I thought maybe an angle would make the illustration look more interesting .




Then I thought to go a little further, use a downward angle and a hint that sis is dancing in the background.  I like this a lot, it has a lot more movement.  Maybe this scene would peek the readers interested.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Photo Shop painting

 Here is my old lady on a scooter in the beginning painting stage.  I scanned her into the computer and started to play with her in photo shop. 

I am almost done with the first layer.  I am painting over everything.  I was able to change a few things that where not quite working,  the wheels of the scooter kind of looked a little crooked.  On the second layer I will put in more detail.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

My New Wacom Tablet Yeah!

This is the first painting that I have finished with my new Wacom tablet.  I really enjoy the freedom that comes with working digitally. How great to just scan in my sketch and then paint away.  I always liked my sketches better, they seemed more fun.  Something always seemed to get lost after I transferred them on to the water color paper.


The boy with the box is a work in progress.  The original sketch looked a little empty, so I added the window in Photoshop.  How great is this, if I decide I don't like the window poof its gone or the color of his socks.  I can get used to this.   I think working digitally will allow me to be more free and creative.  I know I still have a lot to learn, but this is a start.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

"Just Because" won the Gelett Burgess Award


"Just Because" written by Amber Housey won another award the prestigious Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award in the category Helping Others and Philanthropy.

Congratulations to Amber  http://gelettburgesscenter.com/2013_honors.php

I am so honored to have been a part of her book.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

 I haven't sent out post cards in quite a while.  Here is my new one,  front and back.
 The plan is to send a new post card out every four months.  My ad in the Directory of Illustration is over this month.  Unfortunately it did not work for me at all.  Not one response.  Children's Illustrators.com has worked the best for me so far.  Most of the work I have done lately, I have had to sign a non-disclosure agreement, so no sharing. 


 I also put together a business card. Here is the front and back.  Look a little familiar?


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

When I was a kid I remember going to see my great grandma.  While she was still able to live on her own, I remember she had a little brown dog.  I don't remember the dog's name, but I kind of remember it not being kid friendly.


 I don't know why, but I have been thinking a lot about her lately.  Might have something to do with be coming a grandma and that the only parent I have left is my mother in-law, who is now the great grandma.  Scary.


 I have done a few sketches and doodles with my great grandma and her little dog in mind. 


 I though it might be fun to put her on a power scooter and have her little dog howling.   He thinks he is clearing the way.   I haven't come up with any names yet, but I am having a good time with her and her little dog too.  I have started painting and will post when great "gram" is done.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Busy Year

It has been a busy year.  Lets start with the most important.  In  March, I became a grandma for the first time.
Isn't she sweet.

In May, I became an in-law for the first time and also a step-grandma to two lovelies.
My son's beautiful new family.


 Also in May my daughter graduated college yeah!

In February,  I was host to a huge baby shower.  Which was a lot of work and planning.  Juggling the shower planning and art work was tricky.

June was time for the Pasadena Chalk festival again.  I continued my support for team Jen Swain.
This year Jen's design from last year was chosen for the promotional art.  it was on the banners, hand outs and on the tee-shirts.  Very cool.



This year we did two chalk paintings.  One was sponsored by the City of Pasadena and the other was Jen's design, a take off of "where the sidewalk ends."  I couldn't stay till the end on Sunday, being my son's first Father's Day so I didn't get to see it finished.  I am hoping Jen will send pics.

Here I am with my helper.

Work wise, last August, I started on a project to do the artwork for an app.  I am not allowed to talk about it yet or show any pictures.  All I can say that it was way more involved than I thought it would be.

I am also doing some character designs that I am not allowed to talk about or show any pictures either.

So far my ad in the Directory of Illustrators has been a big zero.  Not even a phone call.

My son moved out of the house sometime in May last year ( I know he has made up for lost time) leaving a bedroom empty or sort of empty.
So, I moved my studio from the corner of my family room, where I have been for eons, into a new freshly painted studio.  My husband painted it for me, the room was bright red. I usually help when there is any painting to do, but with the big project I let him do all of the work.  I found a used drawing table on Craigslist that came with a tall swivel chair.

Me in the corner of the family room.  Thank goodness it is a pretty good sized room.
 
With my old antique drawing table, very crowed.  Cool table though.
West facing window.  In the afternoon I would have to pull the drapes shut.



The new art studio. Ta dah.  Still needs a little TLC.  Nice big window, lot of natural light even though it is an east facing window,  thankfully there is a tree out side that shades the window most of the morning.  The room is in the front of the house, so it is a little weird that people walking by can see me working.  Here is my nice big drawing table and chair.  I am still getting used to the new set up, especially that swivel chair.  It is not as roomy as I thought it would be and a little lonely, but no interruptions when someone wants to watch TV. 
Do you like my supervisor?


I think that is it.  The big app project is finally done.  My knowledge of Photoshop is always growing and with doing this app it has grown by leaps and bounds.  I will post when the app is available on the app store.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

"Just Because" has won another award


I will be getting the Mom's Choice award stickers soon.   This is very cool.
Here is a link to the Mom"s choice awards store http://store.momschoiceawards.com/?show_all=true&scategory_browse=517

"Creative Child" book review


Here is the link to the magazine. http://creativechild.com/magazine/2012?p=2  "Just Because" is on page 44.
I really like that they mention the illustrations.  They said that the illustrations were delightful and whimsical.