Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Illustrators Art Show

Check out the Illustrators Art Show at The Flats Gallery on July 30th. Jeffrey Ebbeler and I will be signing books 5-7 and C. F. Payne and Jerry Dowling will be signing 7-9!

Check out the interview Channel 12 did with Jeffrey Ebbeler about the opening!

3028 Price Ave. in the Incline District.

Here are the details:

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

You're Joking!

This project has been a long time in the making so I am very excited to announce the publication of You're Joking: Animal Jokes for Children.  The idea for this book began because my sister-in-law, May Farnsworth, and her 5-year-old daughter love to tell each other jokes.  They began playing a game where her daughter would tell her the name of an animal and May would come up with a joke.  When they went to the bookstore to look for books with jokes they could only find books full of text with no illustrations.  That is when May contacted me with the idea to make our own illustrated joke book.

I began work on the book about five years ago.  The illustration process probably took me a little over one year, fitting it in between my freelance work.  To me, the most interesting part of making these illustrations was seeing how my simple sketches could be worked into full color finished work.  Here are a few examples.

Skunk Sketches

Skunk outlined in Illustrator

Skunk shading in Photoshop

As you can see I start with a very simple sketch which I scan and bring into Illustrator.  Once in Illustrator I trace my sketch to outline all of the forms.  Then each leg, arm, head, nose, ear, etc. is brought into Photoshop in a different layer where I do the shading to complete the final illustration.  It is a tedious process but I love the soft, subtle shading you can do in Photoshop.

Pig Sketch

Pig sketch outlined in Illustrator

Shaded version done in Photoshop

The final book includes 30 pages of illustrated jokes and a "Did You Know" section with fun facts about each animal in the book. You're Joking features everything from hungry jellyfish to fancy flies to playful armadillos.  This book is perfect for the young reader interested in telling jokes and learning puns, and/or the budding biologist (not to mention those who just love beautifully illustrated books).  

The book is now available at or Black Rose Publications.  I would greatly appreciate any help in spreading the word about our new book.  Also, if you feel so inclined, please leave a review on Amazon.

If I have any words of wisdom out there for someone who wants to write, publish, or illustrate their own children's book, it is to "BE TENACIOUS".  Keep working at it, keep sending it out, and above all...make it happen in some way, shape or form. (Oh, and also try and have "pun" while your at it!)

If you would like to see more of my work visit my blog Nessy Designs or my website

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Chaz Chew Gallery Show Opening July 7th

The 86 is proud to feature:

Chaz Chew

Thursday July 7th will be Chaz's art opening from 6pm till 8pm. His art will remain hanging at The 86 for the month of July.

Check out some of his work here:

Coffee bar will be open serving assorted, hand-crafted drinks!

Saturday, July 2, 2016


Jerry Dowling's amazing collection of caricatures and portraits he has done over the years of county and Grand Ole Opry stars is out! This should be a textbook on how to capture likenesses for caricature. Jerry is a master.

Not only is it going to be available at several halls of fame, you can also order it here:

And check out the foreward; this is a must have!

Foreward by Bill Anderson!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Political Poster

I saw a Trump lawn poster in my neighbors yard from my deck. Since I was an artist, I decided to create my own. Below is the sign I made. Of course, being an artist, I am not the best speller.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Final Friday at Frameshop-New Works by Jaimie Filer

Join us at frameshop on Final Friday, June 24th, for the opening of "Broken Hearted Journal of Carl Von Grumpadump," a show of new works by Jaimie C. Filer.
On October 23, 1963, Mary Von Grumpadump and her husband, Carl, had an argument that led to her running to the forest behind their small home, never to be seen again.

After three days of searching and hoping she would come back, Carl Von Grumpadump packed a small bag and ventured into the forest, swearing he would not return until he found his true love. He was never heard from again.

On December 28, 2015, Carl’s bag was found close to their old Southern Kentucky home,
his journal among a few rusty old items inside. In the journal were surreal accounts of another world and time, filled with descriptions of strange beings and accounts of impossible imagination.

On Final Friday, June 24th, The Frameshop, in collaboration with artist/illustrator/tattooer/gentleman Jaimie C. Filer, will bring these pages to life. Selected pages of Carl’s journal will be displayed along with watercolor illustrations depicting Carl’s mad accounts. Whether these stories are true or hallucinations from Carl’s final moments, they will be displayed for you to see.

Come and explore the world that the “Broken Hearted Journal of Carl Von Grumpadump” has created.


Friday, June 10, 2016

Loren Long and Jeffrey Ebbeler Ohioana 2016 Book Award Finalists!

Click by Jeffrey Ebbeler
Little Tree by Loren Long

The 2016 Ohioana Book Award finalists have been announced! Illustrator/authors Loren Long and Jeffrey Ebbeler are included for Little Tree and Click respectively! See the complete list in the cover story of our Ohioana Newsletter, linked here:

Creative Juice Opening Tonight at Red Tree

Join us at the opening night of our Creative Juice Exhibition at Red Tree Cafe. Creative Juice is a community of Cincinnati creative entrepreneurs. This show represents the wide variety of creative "work" that we do for fun and/or for money. Refreshments included and live entertainment by Creative Juice musicians Brent Billock, Monte Lykins, Matt Madison and April Combs Mann.

Artists include Amy Bogard, Margot Madison, Vanessa Sorensen, Anisha Sanghani, Jeb Brack, Robin Ewers, Terri Schmidt, Roy Robinson, Christina Wald and many others!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Books By the Banks Entry Deadline Approaches!

Don't forget that the deadline for Books By the Banks is June 30th!
It is a great book festival to be in! Well run, great attendance and always fun!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sarah Rocheleau's CET Art Bridges Video to Air Saturday July 9th

I have just found out that the CET Arts bridges video that includes my interview will premiere on Saturday July 9 at 6PM on channel 48. The video will be posted online Monday July 11. I'm really excited. Time to grab the popcorn and enjoy. I'll post the link as soon as I have it.