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Hello!

My name is Christine and I am a children's book author/illustrator and book cover artist living in Shelton, CT. I create vibrant oil paintings that invite you into my imaginative world. 

I have worked for a wide variety of clients in the KidLit and Advertising industries. I received my BFA and MFA in illustration from the Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT. With experience as a graphic designer, photographer, and educator, I use this strong foundational background to bring my illustrations to life. 

My children's books include The Sparkle BoxThe First Christmas Night, and The Sparkle Egg, and the six book series for the American Girl doll characters Marie-Grace and Cecile.  

Follow Me

Facebook: Christine Kornacki Illustration
Twitter: @ckornacki
Instagram: @ckornacki_illustration

Email: illustration@christinekornacki.com

I consider myself a half traditional artist. All of my finished paintings are in oils, but I do most of my preliminary work digitally. When I’m working on 15+ digital sketches for a children’s book it can save a tremendous amount of time to have a large Cintiq for thumbnails and sketches.

I consider myself a half traditional artist. All of my finished paintings are in oils, but I do most of my preliminary work digitally. When I’m working on 15+ digital sketches for a children’s book it can save a tremendous amount of time to have a large Cintiq for thumbnails and sketches.

Notable Clients

American Girl
Worthing Publishings
LifeWay Kids
Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Books
Pearson Education
McGraw-Hill Companies
Six Red Marbles
The Farmer's Cow
Hudson News Group

Awards

Society of Illustrators, LA, Illustration West 57
3x3 International Professional Show No. 15
Infected by Art, Volume 6
Infected by Art, Volume 5
Creative Quarterly 46
Creative Quarterly 44
3x3 International Picture Book Show No. 13
Spectrum 23 Annual
Society of Illustrators, LA, Illustration West 54
AI-AP American Illustration 34 Competition
Christian Book Award: Sparkle Box
The Artist Magazine's 25th Annual Competition
Society of Illustrators, LA: Illustration West 46
CADC Design Ain't Pretty

Memberships

Society of Illustrators
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators

Work History

Hartford Art School, Adjunct Professor
Manchester Community College, Adjunct Professor
Product Ventures, Graphic Designer/Illustrator
Security Guard, Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Videos

"Girl's Best Friend" Oil Painting Timelapse

Here's a timelapse video of me painting of one of my Alaska inspired paintings. 
"Girl's Best Friend", 15" x 23", oil on panel.

Read more about my process for this painting on my blog, here

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Wily Oil Painting Timelapse

Watch one of my oil paintings come together from start to finish in this complete timelapse video of the cover for Wily, The Canine Pandemic by Michelle Weidenbenner!

Read more about my process for this painting on my blog, here. 

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Sketch Transfer Timelapse

Before I begin painting, I use a method to glue my printed sketches onto their boards. This is a brief timelapse video of the process. 

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