Sunday, July 15, 2018

Domination Illustration at Clermont College

Artists: David Michael Beck, Linda Bittner, Sarah Rocheleau, Tim Fuller and Christina Wald

The show, which was curated by local professional children’s book illustrator Christina Wald, will feature Wald’s work alongside that of accomplished illustrators David Michael Beck, who is acclaimed worldwide for his contributions to the “Star Wars” mythos; wildlife illustrator Linda Howard Bittner; comic illustrator Tim Fuller, who won a Larry award for Best Comic 2015 at the W. Va. comic convention Tricon; and Sarah Rocheleau, who received the Award for Excellence in the Visual from the Independent College and Universities of Ohio in 2009.

“Illustration is a wondrous profession where any given day you might illustrate spaceships, animals, maps or super heroes,” said Wald, who has illustrated more than 50 children’s books. “Illustrators make worlds and stories come to life.”

The Park National Bank Art Gallery is located in the Snyder Building on the UC Clermont College campus in Batavia at 4200 Clermont College Drive. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and Fridays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more than 20 years, the spacious 1,000-square-foot gallery has offered visual art exhibits open to UC Clermont students, faculty, staff and the general public.

New Cincinnati Illustrators Blog image

Thanks Chuck Rekow and John Maggard for the amazing new CI Blog banner!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Carol Tyler Book Launch at Shake It Records

Join acclaimed cartoonist Carol Tyler for a book launch and signing of her new graphic memoir, Fab4 Mania! The evening will feature a reading, signing, and some Beatles tribute performances!

Told in the voice of its 13-year-old author, Fab4 Mania is an illustrated facsimile of the diary that Carol Tyler kept throughout 1965. It recreates the exhilaration and excitement of Beatlemania at its height, culminating in her trip to Chicago on August 20th to see the Beatles in concert.

The Chicago Tribune is calling Fab4 Mania "a remarkable act of cultural reporting" and "among this year’s best books."

The event is at 7pm, June 29th.

More info:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Urban Sketching Class with Jeb Brack and Robin Ewers Carnes

Article about the new Cincinnati Chapter in the International Urban Sketchers newsletter
We recently started an Urban Sketchers group in Cincinnati. It is a great way to get out and enjoy the architecture and landscape of the city.

Since some people that join us are interested in more instruction, we are excited that we have classes and workshops lined up.

Robin Ewers Carnes and Jeb Brack are teaching a Saturday class this summer at the Art Academy.

Sign up here:

Introduction to Urban Sketching June 23rd - July 28th 
Urban Sketching is an art movement that has swept the world in the last 10 years. Urban Sketchers gather together to sketch what they see in their city or in places they visit, posting the results online for all to see, and now you can join them! This class will help beginning sketchers learn about materials and techniques as we visit locations around Cincinnati to draw what we find. We'll cover topics like color and value, perspective, composition, and sketching people.

Cincinnati City Hall by Robin Ewers Carnes
 We also have workshops planned at Plaza soon so stay tuned!

Join our Facebook group for the latest news!

We are also on Twitter and Instagram.

Sketchers on Woodburn in Walnut Hills
Urban Sketchers booth at the Wyoming Art Show
Our next outing is in OTR, Saturday June 16th. 


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Chro-Ma Gallery show opeing June 7th

Check out the work of Kim Rae Taylor, Michael Coppage, Aaron Delamarte and Michael Stillionat 1628 Ltd. opening June 7th at 6pm.

Monday, April 30, 2018

May the Fourth Episode III

This has become a Cincinnati illustrator premiere event! Art from CF Payne, David Michael Beck, Jim Effler, Carl Samson, Richard Luchek, Kevin Necessary, Christina Wald, Amy Bogard, Sarah Rocheleau, Anthony "Tank" Mansfield, Sara Leah Miller, Jaimie Filer, Tim Fuller, Michael Colbert, Chris Reiff and many more!

Hope to see you there!

Yoda vs. Darth Vader by David Michael Beck
Corellian Cockpit by Sarah Leah Miller

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

For those that might be interested or especially those that teach and want to share with their students.
It's Back!...Our one day airbrush workshop has returned to our Tri-County Mall studio. If you have ever wanted to try this unique form of art, this is your chance. Call us (513-671-0758) or email us ( today to reserve your spot in our Saturday June 16th workshop.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

C.F. Payne Documentary at AAC April 17th

We are screening the Bio Art Doc C.F. Payne: An American Illustrator Tues @ 12:30pm @ the AAC. This screening is FREE and is open to the public. The movie is 1hr long.

The film will screen in the the Lecture Hall on the second floor.

C.F. Payne and the filmmakers will attend and be available for a short Q&A after the movie ends.

Hope to see you all there. RSVP here:

Monday, March 26, 2018

Screening of CF Payne: An American Illustrator at NKU March 27th

We're excited to be screening our art documentary C.F. Payne: An American Illustrator!!!

The screening is FREE. Please invite your friends and fellow students. Anyone with a art, film, or design background will find the documentary interesting.

The film will screen in the University Center building.
The Otto M. Budig Theater Room 270

The film is 60mins long and C.F. Payne, Woodrow J Hinton III, and Tony Moorman will be attending the event and speaking for a short Q&A after the film.

A big thank you to NKU and Christina Wald, for setting this up and giving us a opportunity to share the film.

Looking forward to the SHOW!! 🎨 👍🎬🎥

For more info about C.F. Payne please visit

RSVP here:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Ohioana Book Festival Poster

I am so excited I got to work on the Ohioana Book Festival this year!

From the website: "The Ohioana Library Association was founded in 1929 by Ohio First Lady Martha Kinney Cooper to collect, preserve, and promote the works of Ohio authors, artists, and musicians. By the early 1930s the Library had outgrown its space in the Governor’s Mansion and moved into the new State Office Building at 65 S. Front Street, where it remained until 2001. Ohioana and the State Library of Ohio then moved to the renovated Jeffrey Mining Corporate Center near downtown Columbus. Today the Library’s holdings include more than 45,000 books by or about Ohioans; 10,000 pieces of sheet music; biographical files on notable Ohioans; personal papers of Ohio authors and artists; and numerous scrapbooks created by Ohio civic and cultural organizations. The collection does not circulate, but is available for in-library use."

I saw their previous year's posters and loved how open the design requirements were.

I did five concepts:

I flirted with two different directions. Ohio has always been very active in the space program and I thought that could be a possibility. I also came up with a couple weird animal ideas I did not think they would ever go for. I was super excited when they chose this idea.

Final concept sketch

Process gif
Final art:
Final poster art

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Urban Sketchers Drawing Course

Urban Sketchers Beginning Drawing Course
Celebrate your artistic talents by joining Mark Willenbrink for a 4 week Urban Sketching Beginning Drawing Course. Mark, the best selling author of "Drawing for the Absolute Beginner," has years of experience teaching plein air art classes. Celebrate your artistic talents by enjoying this 4 week Urban Sketching Course. Each class will meet at a different location around Cincinnati. Mark will provide demonstrations and instruction on perspective, values, proportioning and tricks of the trade for successful urban sketching.
Saturdays, March 24th - April 14th
1pm - 3pm
Full Course Price $100 to be paid at the first class
Students should provide their own materials such as a 9"x12" drawing pad and 2B pencils
Sign up is required by Wednesday, March 14th.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

With Best Selling Author
Mark Willenbrink

Beginner Watercolor Classes
Hobby Lobby Mason
Tuesdays 5:30-7:30pm
Paint frame worthy art while learning color theory, values & painting techniques.

Intermediate Watercolor Classes
Hobby Lobby Mason
Wednesdays 9:00-11:00am
Experience in depth teaching while painting         more challenging watercolors.
$60 for 4 classes
(supplies not included)
Sign up by contacting Mark