He Was Tremendously Scary and Extraordinarily Hairy

This wordless picture book is for anyone (little or big) who is brave enough to confront their fears and worries and gain the confidence to strive for what brings them joy, even if a little help is needed along the way. Christopher Maxwell’s beautiful illustrations invite you to tell a version of the story in your own words.

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Christopher Maxwell is an aspiring Australian illustrator with a strong passion for children’s picture books, and a desire to create beautiful images that tell a story. He has always been drawn to detailed illustrations portrayed with great information, using a more refined technical approach. As a child, he found himself getting lost in illustrations and being fascinated by the depth of imagery. Christopher’s unique style is comprised of multi-layered watercolour washes with intricate details and crisp clean lines. He likes creating dreamlike situations with fanciful compositions in bright colours, high in saturation and contrast, with complementing subtleties. His preferred mediums are watercolour (a personal favourite), graphite pencil, ink, pastel, mixed media, acrylic, digital, and sculpture. He greatly admires fellow illustrators Aaron Becker, Shaun Tan, Levi Pinfold, David Wiesner, Oliver Jeffers, and Eric Rohmann, to name a few. His strong belief is that children’s illustrations should not only be appreciated and admired by parents and grandparents and grandparents alike, by evoking nostalgic feelings.

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