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Art Heals

by abby on November 15, 2016 | Comment
Mother Rabbit and Daughter Star Gazing | Mixed media on paper

Mother Rabbit and Daughter Star Gazing | Mixed media on paper

Art heals the troubled soul. That’s what I’ve been saying lately. And this week, I’m focusing on preparing for my first holiday show of 2016, the HOLIDAY BAZAAR at the Rochester Science Center and Museum, so I can help make the world a more beautiful and loving place.

 

Holiday Bazaar table for AbbyDora Design

The practice run of our display table.

Our display table will be jam packed with artwork to make you and your child or grand child smile. I promise! Interested in attending this show and support local upstate artists? Here are the details:

2016 Holiday Bazaar

WHEN
FRI November 18th 5pm-9pm
SAT November 19th 9:30am-5pm
SUN November 2oth 11am-4pm

WHERE
Rochester Museum & Science Center
AbbyDora Design’s Table
Main building (bldg #1)  in Space #606, on the Mezzanine
(use the back stairs to reach the mezzanine level)

children's print sale

OH OH OH! There’s more! It’s time for me to clear out space in my studio, so this weekend I will be offering special SALES on select prints and original art! The earlier you arrive the more you are going to save! Oh yeah.

Cheers!

 

A Gift

by abby on September 30, 2016 | Comment

Abby Dening children's art

Happy Friday and Happy Fall!

After a whirlwind month, I’m taking some time off to relax and re-energize. Before I go, I want to share with you a gift I received earlier this week from Mrs. C, who is a major AbbyDora Design supporter.

I’m always so touched when I have clients who return again and again to purchase my artwork. At this year’s Clothesline Festival, Mrs C shared that she has 8 of my children’s art prints in her house! Truly amazing. I am so touched.

AbbyDora Design prints and cards

I know after I sell a piece it goes out into the world to be enjoyed on walls, but I rarely get to see the final framed product. This week Mrs. C graciously sent me several photos of my framed art in her house.

Abby Dening animal art

Didn’t she do a great job at grouping and framing the prints? I love the deep teal painted walls because it really makes the color of my art pop.

What else can I say? I’m all smiles.

The Pages Between Us-Part 2

by abby on February 9, 2016 | Comment

interior book design and artwork by Abby Dening
{I designed the interior of this book and created the interior artwork, too}

It’s today! It’s today! The Pages Between Us officially publishes today. Eeeeee!

This morning, I headed over to my local bookstore and found it on the shelf. It also never gets old to actually hold a book in my hand that I helped to create. It feels like seeing an old friend after several months.

This publication is even more special because I was able to contribute illustrations within the book. Wanna sneak peek at the inside? You got it!

The book design is a combination of set novel type and handwriting along with taped in pieces of paper. Like this:

InteriorSpread-1

Along with those notes and narrative text the girls have doodled in the book. Here are some of my interior illustrations:

interior art for The Pages Between Us

interior line drawing in middle grade novel by Abby Dening

There are more illustrations, but I do want you to pick up the book and see the rest in context. I think it’s a good sign when your own artwork still makes you grin.

I’m so proud of the design and artwork in this middle grade novel. I was even genuinely surprised that during a book review I was mentioned by name!

I hope you will take a look at the book for yourself. It would make a wonderful gift for a girl from 7-12 years old.

Cheers!

Don’t Call it a Dream, Call it a Plan

by abby on February 5, 2016 | Comment

Abby Dening's drawing table covered with sketches and text for her picture book {My drawing table with my picture book in the works!}

I found this quote yesterday: “Don’t Call it a Dream, Call it a Plan”. I’m in love with it! This quote is exactly what I need as my motto for 2016. Does this phrase motivate you too?

I’m a natural planner and goal setter, because I like to see where I’m heading. I also like to break down a larger goals into manageable steps. I can see my progress and have small successes along the way. I’m using this strategy for a personal dream.

Over the past few years, when I’ve had some time, I’ve been working on writing and illustrating a picture book of my own. But 2016 is the year, where I’m making this a priority! No more dreams. Now this is a goal with a plan.

Anna from Anna's Big Idea
An Anna, the main character, sketch testing out how she would look afraid.

In the last month I’ve sat down more often to work on this project than I did all of last year. I’m working on text and images all at once since picture books are so intertwined. I have a rough draft and I’m storyboarding right now. Amazing! Let’s hope this motivation stays with me.

Do you have a dream that you are turning into a plan this year?

The Pages Between Us

by abby on January 25, 2016 | Comment

book design and interior illustrations by Abby Dening {I designed this book and created the interior illustrations}

I couldn’t contain myself any longer. I have something fun to share with you today! In about 2 weeks, a book that I designed AND (AND!) illustrated is being published by HarperCollins! The book is a middle grade novel, called: The Pages Between Us.

This book is so cool in story and in book concept. The narrative is told through a collection of notes and doodles between 2 best friends, Piper and Olivia, as if they were written in a notebook the girls pass back and forth. There are handwritten text elements and pages of: flyers, homework assignments, notes to boys, invitations that appear to be taped into this notebook. It’s a very visual novel! The big question of the story is if these two friends can wade through the tricky waters of 6th grade without loosing their friendship.

This project was a challenge, but I was am so proud of the final result. I designed the interior layout, designed and created all the extra taped in paper elements, AND illustrated the 2 girls’ drawings. What fun it was to sculpt this book!

The Pages Between Us officially publishes on 2/9/16. As soon as it’s out in print and ebook I’ll share some interior images of the book with you, too. I hope you will see this book for yourself!

#EtsyGifts Promo Help

by abby on December 4, 2015 | Comment

cake baker bunny hug artwork

This holiday season Etsy has offered a free gift promo app that builds an instance gift ad for its store owners. Cool, right?! I’ve tried it and started to share these images on the AbbyDora Design Facebook page. Here’s where I need your help!

Will you be a holiday elf and help spread the word about my artwork on Facebook? Sharing any of the #EtsyGift ads or artwork posts would be simply awesome.

I am so grateful to you all for your constant love and support. Big hug!

The Lightning Queen-New on Shelves

by abby on November 3, 2015 | Comment

middle grade book designed by Abby Dening
{Title Page with front cover reference}

I’m very proud to be sharing this interior book design with you all. It’s a work of love! THE LIGHTNING QUEEN by Laura Resau was published last week by Scholastic. It’s a beautiful story and I wanted it to have an equally beautiful interior book design.

middle grade fiction book designed by AbbyDora Design
{Part Section Opener}

The story takes place in an area called the Hill of Dust in the remote Mexican mountains. There’s an emphasis on the dry, rural aspect to Teo’s village. I visually wanted to reference this dust on the title page and on these part openers. I used layers of scanned dry media textures, like chalk and crayon, to create the designs. Part of the story is also flash back to a “long, long time ago”, so the interior design also has an aged quality to it with hand-drawn elements.

AbbyDora Design created this chapter opener
{Chapter Opener}

Life is quiet for Teo until Esma, The Lightening Queen, comes to town with a group of gyspsies. The Mistress of Destiny predicts that Esma and Teo will become life long friends against all the odds and dangers. Their story spans across generations and will take the help of Teo’s grandson, Mateo, in the end to fulfill their destiny.

Ooooooo…sounds good, right? Happy reading!

National Color Day

by abby on October 22, 2015 | Comment

oct 22nd is national color day
{My watercolor palette}

Happy National Color Day, everyone! Did you know about this holiday? I just discovered it and I will now be marking my calendar. One more reason to LOVE the month of October!

In honor of this special day, I’m sharing another colorful watercolor sketch I did while on our first day in Paris.

watercolor sketch of carousel in Paris

Behind the Eiffel Tower is a lovely small carousel. It was a sunny day and there were lots of children scrambling on and off. This little sketch is certainly a celebration of color!

How will YOU be celebrating color today?

New Children’s Books You Should See

by abby on October 14, 2015 | Comment

picture book design by Abby Dening
{New book with custom hand-lettered textured title type}

Books take months to produce and years to publish, so I sometimes loose track of publication dates of the book I designed. This happened to me recently with these 2 fun and lively books: GO TO SLEEP MADDIE! and Book One of the series UPSIDE DOWN MAGIC. I worked on them earlier in the year and I’m happy to say that are now available for purchase or check out your local library!

GO TO SLEEP MADDIE is about a little girl, Maddie, who doesn’t want to sleep. She asks her mom and dad for a glass of water, several bedtime stories, and a check for monsters in her room. When she finally has the lights turned off and she’s tucked into bed, she hears a noise: Quackers! Quackers! It’s her toy duck who needs a bedtime snack of crackers. She gets him his food, but then she hears another noise. Suddenly going to bed isn’t so simple.

picture book by Maureen Wright and illustrated by Elizabeth Schlossberg

I paired 2 interior typefaces together that compliment the comic story and artwork. I also wanted young readers to enjoy the vocal noises of the toys, so those were set in a thick font and colored. The cover type was a blast to create as well. I created a couple of custom pastel art brushes in Photoshop that mimic the pastel texture in the artwork.

magic themed middle grade novel, designed by AbbyDora Design
{Title type design and interior novel design created by AbbyDora Design}

UPSIDE DOWN MAGIC
is the creation of 3 dynamic authors: Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins. This is a new series about Nory, Elliot, Andres, and Bax who are a group of misfits who’s magic goes wonky. What happens? Well “For Nory, this means that instead of being able to turn into a dragon or a kitten, she turns into both of them at the same time—a dritten.” You can imagine the funny situations the other kids find themselves in. This book is for ages 8-12 and with the humor and shorter chapters it’s great for those kids who don’t usually find reading so magical.

I was delighted to be part of the team to develop the cover design for UDM. My part was to create the dimensional vector title treatment that could become the brand for the series. I was also the designer for the styling of the book’s interior, too. Keep your eyes out for more books in this series!

Happy Reading!

Featured Shop on Etsy Paper Team

by abby on October 1, 2015 | Comment

AbbyDora Design artwork

I heart paper and so I was thrilled to be the highlighted shop of the month and interviewed by the ETSY PAPER TEAM this week. This is a group of artists who are crazy about paper, like I am.

Abby Dening interviewed

They asked me to share details about my shop and art. One of my favorite questions was: “What is it about paper that draws you to create with it?” Oooooo, not your typical interview question. See my answer to this question here.

Will you help me spread the word and share the story link on Facebook?

October is off to a great start!