if i wrote a book

BooksDenise Holmes14 Comments

for as long as i can remember, i have always dreamed of being a children's book illustrator. 

right after i had hazel and i was having one of those new motherhood (oi) days when i received an email from Simply Read Books inquiring if i would be interested in doing a book project with them. my life was forever changed that day.

i jumped at the chance to do this project not knowing what i was in for. it has been an amazing two years - from reading stephany's beautiful manuscript, working on my first sketches to mailing off my final images.

i have worked with so many amazing and talented people during the production of this book and i can't believe i finally get to hold this in my hands today. 

the very first sketch

one of my favorite pages

thank you to Kallie + Dimeter for letting me take on this book. Stephany for writing words that i cherish so much. Susan for showing me the ropes and for the harshest critiques of my work i have ever read - this book would not be where it is today. Sara for being an amazing children's book designer. my mom and husband for watching hazel and for cheering me on. and for all the wonderful friends i have met along the way - thank you!

If I Wrote A Book About You is available on amazon, barnes & nobel and powell's

sarah + abraham

AnnouncementsDenise Holmes6 Comments
image from sarah+abraham

image from sarah+abraham

very thrilled to announce that my collection and collaboration with sarah + abraham is live! i designed a handful of customizable kiddos, hair, shirts and patterns to go with each set and i could not be more excited to see it up in the shop! 

i have been a huge fan of sarah + abraham since i first discovered them through Aeolidia. i actually loved their shop so much that i sent them an inquiry back in 2011 to see if they would work with me. however, everyone got busy, i had a baby and thank goodness we waited until recently - - because my work has developed so much since then. 

it also just so happens that sara lives close by, so a few weeks ago we got together to talk business and get to know each other. on top of being a very sweet person, sara really knows her business. it was great to hear about the development of her shop and look over all her products. hazel enjoyed the lunchbox she brought and pretty much wanted to fill it with all the paper she ripped off of her crayons during our meeting. 

image from sarah+abraham

image from sarah+abraham

boy, it's just so great to see my work in a shop i admire so much! please head over to sarah + abraham to see this amazing site and of course check out the niseemade collection!


30 Days

IllustrationDenise HolmesComment

last week my friend tammie had mentioned that we should try to do a 30 day challenge. in an effort to create more work, blog more and challenge myself for 30 days, i decided that i am going to create 30 black & white sketches - which is something that i am seriously lacking in my portfolio. funny thing is, i'm already starting to come up with ideas for next months challenge. 

have you challenged yourself on anything for 30 days lately?