Chris Hammond

Chris Hammond - Designer

Myrtle Creek, OR, USA

Children’s picture book designer, illustrator, and author.

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Hello and welcome to my little corner of Reedsy!

COLLABORATIVE PROCESS
How does the process begin? I try to absorb your story and get your input so that I can do a good job at interpreting the vision you have for the story. Once I have a full grasp of the story, I will begin to send you sketches - initial ideas for characters and settings. We discuss how the sketches might fully express the personalities, actions, and mood in your story. The sketch set is converted to storyboard format so we can explore the sequential design, how the words and pictures work together, and how the pages flow from one to the next. Once the design is in place and approved, the project goes into production mode. I produce the finished illustrations and create file sets for the paperback version and Kindle edition. In the final stages of the project, you will receive a physical proof directly from Amazon. Usually, there are a few last minute tweaks to ensure that everything is exactly right. Then it's all up to you. The only thing left to do is press the big yellow button that says, PUBLISH. Congratulations (in advance)!

ABOUT CHRIS E HAMMOND
Chris E Hammond is a children’s picture book designer, illustrator, and author. His design studio is located in Myrtle Creek, Oregon. Here’s what he says about his work:

“The work I do with kid’s books brings me back to my own childhood and good times I had growing up in rural Oregon. Drawing the settings and landscapes reconnects me with nature which I really enjoy. I use both traditional and digital tools to put the books together.

Experienced in publishing to the Amazon KDP platform, Chris provides design and illustration services for his clients, leading the way on an enjoyable self-publishing journey on the Road to Amazon. Chris has self-published or collaborated on two dozen KDP publishing projects in the last four years and offers affordable publishing packages with several options including picture book design, character design and illustration, technical services, project management, and promotional graphics. Look for Chris on the Reedsy platform, reedsy.com/chris-hammond.


WHERE TO GO FROM HERE
Send me your project brief and request for services. I will get back to you within 48 hours with an affordable package recommendation for your project. I will include a price quote, delivery dates, and a detailed explanation of recommended packages and options. If you have a question, please send a quick email. I will get right back to you.

Languages
English
Humanities & Social Sciences
Art
Non-Fiction
Nature
Children's
Picture Books

Work experience

Independent Publisher

Artist/Author, Myrtle Creek, Oregon
January, 2015 – Present (almost 5 years)

I'm an independent artist/author/publisher providing creative book design, illustration, technical services, project management, promotional graphics, and other self-publishing services for authors of children's picture books. I specialize in start-to-finish creative design and technical pre-press using Adobe InDesign for building files that conform to guidelines of the Amazon/KDP platform. My studio processes result in high quality, demand-print paperback books as well as ebooks for Kindle Fire tablets and a plethora of other devices.
My background includes authoring and visual development of two dozen books over the past four years. I published an artist's book, River Journal Workshop, which earned Amazon #1 bestseller rank in the Independent Artist category. My start-to-finish studio process includes management of all aspects of the production cycle and delivery schedule from initial story sketch to final proofing to version control archiving. I produced “best practice” print ready file sets conforming to standards and guidelines of the Amazon KDP demand printing platform. I produced ebook content files complying with Amazon digital download publishing platform.
I have experience in expanding visibility of published works through social media marketing. I have designed book trailer videos for YouTube channel. I've developed special offer landing pages through Mailchimp.

Graphic Design Technical Marketing

Aristocrat Technologies Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada
April, 2010 – November, 2014 (over 4 years)

Created branded layouts, promotional animations, and menu-driven resort information schemes per
systems/software engineering specifications and casino operator requirements. Produced custom
content kits for electronic display in slot machines and adopted animations to a variety of marketing
activities such as large screen video, customer presentations, and trade-show exhibits such as the
Global Gaming Expo (25,000 attendees) where the company showcased systems/software products
with animated displays.

Design Coordinator

Aristocrat Technologies Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada
May, 2005 – March, 2010 (almost 5 years)

Provided art direction and managed the design process for Aristocrat’s America’s Technical Publications
department. Coordinated strategic input and feedback from in-house customers including business
analysts, technical writers, engineering, training, marketing, and the VP of Systems Sales. Incorporated
requirements from all groups to design a suite of technical documents such as software user manuals
and system installation guides. The new easy-to-use format was applied to a portfolio of more than
thirty systems/software products.

Art Department Manager

Acres Gaming Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada
April, 1998 – June, 2002 (about 4 years)

Managed a six member team of artists including a sound engineer. Organized assignments and project schedules, tracked progress, evaluated performance, and updated senior staff. Contributed original designs for bonus game themes, player messaging, and bonusing game-play features. Collaborated with engineers to specify compatible video, sound, and animation formats related to software development of bonusing systems. Produced technical sketches for parts manufacturing and coordinated vendor manufacturing. Trained 3rd party agencies on the use of Acres proprietary animation server.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

The Legend of Eddie the Whale

Mary Grace Whalen

On a sunny August day, a young boy gets a chance to ride through the ocean on the back of a wise old whale. As told by a local fisherman, Louie imagines his journey from his home in the City to a beach community is just part of an ordinary day . It is only when he learns the secret of bala, mala whala that he realizes how important it is for us to join hands and celebrate the diversity and ric... read more

On a sunny August day, a young boy gets a chance to ride through the ocean on the back of a wise old whale. As told by a local fisherman, Louie imagines his journey from his home in the City to a beach community is just part of an ordinary day . It is only when he learns the secret of bala, mala whala that he realizes how important it is for us to join hands and celebrate the diversity and ric... read more

Little Puddles (Adventure's with PJ)

Shannon Dill

Welcome to PJ’s little world, where being little isn’t all that bad. Come join PJ as he enjoys many adventures in his little world with his favorite thing to do. Gardening… and having fun with his newfound friends. Little Puddles is a fun story that brings young and old together showing we can all have fun. Enjoy 29 full color pages of PJs first adventure when our fun loving little PJ wakes up... read more

Welcome to PJ’s little world, where being little isn’t all that bad. Come join PJ as he enjoys many adventures in his little world with his favorite thing to do. Gardening… and having fun with his newfound friends. Little Puddles is a fun story that brings young and old together showing we can all have fun. Enjoy 29 full color pages of PJs first adventure when our fun loving little PJ wakes up... read more

Five Bumbly Buddies: Lenny's Sneeze (Green River Books) (Volume 3)

Camp Cookie Chris

whizz! Buzz! Sniffle! Sneeze! A bee with allergies... Who ever heard of such a thing! Lenny can’t stop sneezing and his buddies have the sweetest remedy to help Lenny feel good as new. Will it work? A rhyming verse picture book for all the little bumblebees near your campsite, ages 4-6.

whizz! Buzz! Sniffle! Sneeze! A bee with allergies... Who ever heard of such a thing! Lenny can’t stop sneezing and his buddies have the sweetest remedy to help Lenny feel good as new. Will it work? A rhyming verse picture book for all the little bumblebees near your campsite, ages 4-6.

Five Squirrely Sisters: Dance With Butterflies (Green River Books) (Volume 4)

Camp Cookie Chris

Flutter! Dance! Swirl! With pet butterflies on their crowns, the sister team of tap dancing squirrels are ready to put on their best dance routine for the upcoming Golden Acorn Talent Show. But when nerves get the best of them, the team get some help from some unexpected place. For the little squirrels near your campsite, ages 4-6.

Flutter! Dance! Swirl! With pet butterflies on their crowns, the sister team of tap dancing squirrels are ready to put on their best dance routine for the upcoming Golden Acorn Talent Show. But when nerves get the best of them, the team get some help from some unexpected place. For the little squirrels near your campsite, ages 4-6.

Five Croakie Cousins: Swim and Splash (Green River Books) (Volume 7)

Camp Cookie Chris

Initiative. Playfulness. Adventure. Slim is a smart little frog who refuses to be left behind. With a little help from his cousins, Slim finds himself leading the way. Jump on your bike and follow along with Slim and the rest of the Croakie Cousins in this playful rhyming picture book. For your little froggies, ages 4-6.

Initiative. Playfulness. Adventure. Slim is a smart little frog who refuses to be left behind. With a little help from his cousins, Slim finds himself leading the way. Jump on your bike and follow along with Slim and the rest of the Croakie Cousins in this playful rhyming picture book. For your little froggies, ages 4-6.

Five Growly Grandpas: Go Fishing (Green River Books) (Volume 6)

Camp Cookie Chris

Patience. Attitude. Persistence. It’s a beautiful morning on the lake, but when Grandpa Mike can’t catch a fish, it puts him in a growly mood. Mike gets some friendly fishing advice from the other grandpas, but nothing seems to help. Just as he’s about to give up, he notices something inspiring about his good-natured fishing companions. With a whole new outlook on the art of fishing, Mike gets... read more

Patience. Attitude. Persistence. It’s a beautiful morning on the lake, but when Grandpa Mike can’t catch a fish, it puts him in a growly mood. Mike gets some friendly fishing advice from the other grandpas, but nothing seems to help. Just as he’s about to give up, he notices something inspiring about his good-natured fishing companions. With a whole new outlook on the art of fishing, Mike gets... read more

Five Micey Mommies: Summer Stroll (Volume 2)

Camp Cookie Chris

Teamwork. Flexibility. Persistence. It’s the sister team of tap dancing squirrels! With pet butterflies on their crowns, the sisters are ready to put on their best dance routine for the upcoming Golden Acorn Talent Show. But when something unexpected happens during their big performance, the butterflies prove to be more than just decoration. With help from their fluttering friends, the tap dan... read more

Teamwork. Flexibility. Persistence. It’s the sister team of tap dancing squirrels! With pet butterflies on their crowns, the sisters are ready to put on their best dance routine for the upcoming Golden Acorn Talent Show. But when something unexpected happens during their big performance, the butterflies prove to be more than just decoration. With help from their fluttering friends, the tap dan... read more

Five Uppity Uncles: Climb to the Top (Green River Books) (Volume 5)

Camp Cookie Chris

Playfulness. Confidence. Bravery. A cheery raccoon named Craig climbs to the top of a tall pine. Whoa! It’s a little scary at the top and it’s not that easy to climb back down. Fortunately, Craig’s in good company, and his fellow uncles come to the rescue. But wait, maybe Craig doesn’t need help after all. See how Craig ‘steps up’ to get down in this playful story of how one little raccoon dis... read more

Playfulness. Confidence. Bravery. A cheery raccoon named Craig climbs to the top of a tall pine. Whoa! It’s a little scary at the top and it’s not that easy to climb back down. Fortunately, Craig’s in good company, and his fellow uncles come to the rescue. But wait, maybe Craig doesn’t need help after all. See how Craig ‘steps up’ to get down in this playful story of how one little raccoon dis... read more

River Journal Workshop: The Healing Journey (Creative Tour & Sketch)

Chris Hammond

The River Journal Workshop is about exploring the beauty of the waterway landscape. Artist/author Chris Hammond shares his visual approach to journaling as a way to develop touch, notice more, and get closer to nature. “Along with the popularity of the urban sketchers movement, now it seems that a lot of people are interested in developing a visual layer and dimension to their journal work. I ... read more

The River Journal Workshop is about exploring the beauty of the waterway landscape. Artist/author Chris Hammond shares his visual approach to journaling as a way to develop touch, notice more, and get closer to nature. “Along with the popularity of the urban sketchers movement, now it seems that a lot of people are interested in developing a visual layer and dimension to their journal work. I ... read more

Drawing Beneath My Kayak: Artist's Kayak Journaling Workshop

Chris Hammond

Drawing Beneath My Kayak is about getting out in nature and exploring the waterway landscape through kayaking, journaling, and sketching. “In the little nooks and crannies along the river, there are times when I feel in the mood to discover something new and different. I play this little game. I make believe that I’m visiting another planet. I let my imagination unspool. I’m compelled to reach... read more

Drawing Beneath My Kayak is about getting out in nature and exploring the waterway landscape through kayaking, journaling, and sketching. “In the little nooks and crannies along the river, there are times when I feel in the mood to discover something new and different. I play this little game. I make believe that I’m visiting another planet. I let my imagination unspool. I’m compelled to reach... read more

Five Batty Brothers: Ned's Happy Sleep (Green River Books) (Volume 1)

Camp Cookie Chris

Clever. Playful. Heartwarming. Hey, it's bedtime! But one brother bat named Ned can’t sleep. The Batty Brothers try to help by sharing their favorite bedtime songs and stories. Ned still can’t fall asleep and nothing seems to help. As the sun begins to rise, Ned comes up with a sleepy-time idea that is so revolutionary, it might just turn the bat world upside down! For all the little batties f... read more

Clever. Playful. Heartwarming. Hey, it's bedtime! But one brother bat named Ned can’t sleep. The Batty Brothers try to help by sharing their favorite bedtime songs and stories. Ned still can’t fall asleep and nothing seems to help. As the sun begins to rise, Ned comes up with a sleepy-time idea that is so revolutionary, it might just turn the bat world upside down! For all the little batties f... read more

Something We Forgot

Camp Cookie Chris

Ready for school? It’s a crisp, wintry morning and the papa possums are taking the kids to school. But wait! It seems the little possums forgot a few things. Matthew forgot his homework. Nelson forgot his trumpet. Chelsea forgot her lunchbox. Their teacher, Ms. Fisket, is not going to be very happy. And the school bell is just about to ring. It seems like an impossumible situation. Is there an... read more

Ready for school? It’s a crisp, wintry morning and the papa possums are taking the kids to school. But wait! It seems the little possums forgot a few things. Matthew forgot his homework. Nelson forgot his trumpet. Chelsea forgot her lunchbox. Their teacher, Ms. Fisket, is not going to be very happy. And the school bell is just about to ring. It seems like an impossumible situation. Is there an... read more

Chris has 4 reviews

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Mary Hedstrom
Communicating with Chris was always a positive and encouraging experience. He is a conscientious and talented artist. I would definitely work with him again.

Mary Hedstrom, November 2019


Evan Parks
Chris did an excellent job responding to my suggestions and specific illustration needs. His images will help convey key ideas to the readers!

Evan Parks, November 2019


Shannon Dill
There is no amount of praise I can give Chris Hammond that will credit it for how amazing he is. I fully enjoyed working with him and feel.so blessed to have such an awesome illustrator. He was so helpful and worked with me for my book and illustrations. As a first time Author and self publishing I couldn't of asked for a better illustrator and look forward to continuing working with him with o...
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Shannon Dill, November 2019


MaryGrace Whalen
Chris is a talented artist and designer. He has experience formatting KDP and print books, and he designed a package for me that allowed me to seamlessly move from conceptualization of this project to the finish line. In addition, he possesses excellent interpersonal skills, has a strong work ethic, honors deadlines and immersed himself into this project with all his might. In the various co...
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MaryGrace Whalen, July 2019

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