Comics, sketches and charming illustration from Danielle Chenette

Date
26 November 2014
Reading Time
1 minute read

I love peering into people’s sketchbooks. There’s so much more honesty in an image that’s been hurriedly scribbled down on a station platform than in one which has been perfected over the course of several drafts, and I’m a sucker for that kind of insight into an artist’s process. I like to see the mistakes, the rubbings out and the development as well as the final work.

You can see why I’m drawn to Danielle Chenette’s Tumblr then. The Chicago-based illustrator, animator and printmaker has posted loads of her sketches on there, with each slightly more beguiling than the last. Her work is satisfyingly lo-fi, whether it’s made in felt tip, coloured pencil or watercolour, lending the scenes she creates the action-filled dynamic of a film still or a storyboard. She’s a whizz at comics too – just check out her one page stories There’s Plenty More Fish in the Sea and Family Politics for examples of how to condense witty and rich stories into just a few panels.

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Danielle Chenette: Deep Thoughts

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Danielle Chenette: There Are Plenty of Fish in the Sea

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Danielle Chenette: Even When You Aren’t Looking

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Danielle Chenette: Lonesome

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Danielle Chenette: Family Politics

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Danielle Chenette: Installing (The Movers)

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Danielle Chenette: After Hours Smooch

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Danielle Chenette: Last Call

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Maisie Skidmore

Maisie joined It’s Nice That fresh out of university in the summer of 2013 as an intern before joining full time as an Assistant Editor. Maisie left It’s Nice That in July 2015.

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