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Denise Holmes  Illustration and children's books

Day 24 | Milestone #marchmeetthemaker : If anyone knows me well, they know I have had an irrational fear of flying for the past 10 years. I have no clue what started it, but it prevented me from traveling for way too long. I decided that 2016 was going to be my year to get over it. I bought my ticket to Icon9 this past summer and I made my friend @emilybluestar buy our plane tickets, this way I knew I wouldn't back out. Well, I did it and I have flown two times since and already planning another trip - to make up for lost time of course! It was a huge milestone for me and I am excited to travel again! Any recommendations?! 🏝

Day 23 | Recent make #marchmeetthemaker : The 2nd book In The Garden from The Yoga Game series was published this past winter. The books are written by Kathy Beliveau and published by Simply Read Books. It has been so much fun working on this series - my daughter loves to guess the rhymes and we have lots of fun trying out the poses together. #theyogagame #yogaforkids #kidlitart

Day 22 | Close up #marchmeetthemaker : a little close up of a drawing I did for a fun project that I just finished.

Hazel and Hazel as drawn by me, colored by Hazel.

Day 21 | Inspiration #marchmeetthemaker : I could show you a thousand picture books that inspire me, but Miss Nelson is Missing is the tops. #missviolaswamp

Day 20 | sketchbook #marchmeetthemaker : I use these 8x10 softcover Moleskine sketchbooks to sketch out all my ideas and doodles. I test out picture book characters in them and sometimes I find surprises from my daughter!

Day 19 | Helper #marchmeetthemaker : My job is a one person show, but I really wouldn't be able to do it without the help from my husband, mom, mother in law, friends and of course my daughter. I found the biggest help is to drop my daughter off at my moms house a week before a book deadline. It works out perfectly and I can selfishly take all the time I need to finish!

Day 18 | Hyperlapse #marchmeetthemaker : not sure how exciting this is to see, but here is me inking in my recent mouse illustration on a light box. I do love using a nub pen even if I do have to dip it in ink every other second.

Hope you guys have a cozy weekend! #hygge #t2illustrators

Day 17 | Feedback #marchmeetthemaker : I had the pleasure of talking to a second grade class before the holidays and afterwards they sent me these amazing thank you cards. The kids were so sweet and I loved talking to them about what I do. Hopefully is sparks an interest in drawing for them!

Day 16 | Time to relax #marchmeetthemaker : winter is easy for me to relax - I do yoga and take lots of baths, but once it gets warm out we walk to the Alfred Caldwell Lily pool almost everyday. It's a hidden gem in Chicago and hardly anyone goes. There are paths to walk, wildlife to see and lots of pretty plants.

Day 15 | work clothes #marchmeetthemaker : the best part about working from home is getting to wear my slippers all day!

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