Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Illustrators Lunch Puppet Slam

Tim Fuller and a new friend

We had an impromptu puppet slam when Pam Dixon brought her dental puppet today (yes you read that correctly). She has promised to bring more.

And then there was the curious man in a bunny suit on Monmouth...

Next week's lunch is at Arthur's. See you there!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Offf Cincinnati and Icon 8

I am totally bummed that I missed the fact that Yuko Shimizu (One of my favorite illustrators) was in Cincinnati Thursday to speak at OFF Cincinnati.

Did anyone go that can give us a report? I have been so swamped since getting back from Icon 8 (The Illustration Conference) in Portland which I will write about as soon as I get a break in the action.

Until I get things together, here are some links to the sketches I did in Portland and at the conference:

Sketch I did from the back watching Jennifer Daniel discuss infographics

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Animal Atlas Featured in The Guardian Summer 2014 Best New Children's Books Supplement

The book I (Christina Wald) illustrated for Bloomsbury written by Anna Claybourne was in a supplement for The Guardian featuring the Best New Children's Books Summer 2014.

Here is a scan of the page. They used one of my favorite spreads.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Illustration workshops: Saturday July 12th

Starting this Saturday July 12th at the Art Academy of Cincinnati I will begin teaching two summer Illustration workshops. They will be held each Saturday and for 8 weeks consisting of 2.5 hour sessions running from July 12th to August 30th.

Illustration: Materials and Techniques
Saturday, July 12 to August 30 • 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
8 classes • $180.00

This is an introductory course in which we explore and demonstrate many of the traditional and digital techniques Illustrators use in the industry to create professional illustrations for everything from games, books, comics and film.
I have had the privilege of studying under some of the most amazing and talented artists in the business. In an attempt to pay that information forward and honor their craft I created this workshop to share with you.

This course is:
 • Open to all ages and skill levels.

Illustration: Professional Practices  
Saturday, July 12 to August 30 • 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
8 classes • $180.00

The focus of this class is to introduce participants to the professional practices and business strategies of working artists. You will come to this class with an idea of where you want to go with your art and together we will empower you to achieve your goals.

This class is for:
• Driven high school students with talent who want to create a college portfolio
• College students looking to create a professional portfolio
• Working professionals who want to target a specific client

To encourage many of my college students who have requested and need these workshops I have worked out a special rate with AAC Community Education.
If you are currently enrolled in a college program and can show a current student ID you are eligible for the reduced fee $25.00 per workshop.

To attend either workshop call:

Art Academy of Cincinnati Community Education • 513- 562-8748

Saturday, June 21, 2014


This is an illustration I did for a radio play called "Habitat," which will be premiering on Earbud Theater.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Meet the Artist! - June 20th + 27th

Hey everyone! I'll be at 131 Elder Street at Findlay Market this Friday and next Friday, June 20th and June 27th from 5-8pm to show my 45 pieces of art which include, illustration, paintings, found object art and some of my metal work.
Come on down! Findlay after Five has LIVE MUSIC, FOOD AND ADULT BEVERAGES!

Thanks - Ursula

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Urban Sketching Seminar in Chicago

The group of sketcher from Chicago and all over! © Andrew Banks 2014
Vanessa Sorensen, Nora Young, Carla Franke, Carol Schwartz and I all met in Chicago for the sketch group's inaugural Urban Sketching Seminar.  (Here is their write up on their blog about the event.)

We were not the only travelers. There were other attendees from further away including Ontario!

Many who read this blog will remember that Carol moved away from Cincinnati to Milwaulkee a while ago and we all miss her at our weekly lunches!

It was a great weekend to get out in draw and photograph (check out Vanessa's awesome photography from the trip.)

Here are some of my, Carol and Vanessa's sketches:

Sketch fromDonald Colley’s workshop, Creating a Rich Drawing © Vanessa Sorensen 2014

 This was done in the How to Sketch like an Architect workshop presented by Joel Berman, of Joel Berman Architecture & Design .
© Carol Schwartz 2014

Sketch done on the day before the seminar. © Christina Wald 2014
Christina Wald and Nora Young at Wes Douglas's sketching on the iPad workshop - © Andrew Banks 2014
Vanessa Sorensen at the How to Sketch like at Architect seminar - © Andrew Banks 2014
© Carol Schwartz 2014
© Vanessa Sorensen 2014
© Christina Wald 2014
Saturday morning, we went on a little church architectural sketch tour. This is Vanessa and my sketches from the Holy Name Cathedral. Roger Ebert's funeral was here (not while we were drawing).

Christina and Carol sketching. It was VERY cold Sunday... - © Andrew Banks 2014

There will be more sketches to post and as I get them and links, I will post them.

Some more of my sketches are here:

More of Vanessa's Sketches here:

See more of Andrew Banks' art and illustration here:

Friday, June 13, 2014

Newport Sketching June 18th

Moving a bit east on the river... Sketch by Christina Wald

Before or after lunch Wednesday, some of are going to sketch at the Levee outside or at the aquarium depending on the weather.

Stay tuned for details...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Newport Experiment

We are going to try lunch at a restaurant in Newport next week (June 11th).

We have pick a restaurant so sound off by Friday. We will only keep the location in rotation if we get a good turnout.


Update: Well, the names I am getting the most are Claddagh's on the Levee (way ahead), Packhouse and York Street.

Last chance to check in!

The winner is: Packhouse Meats

Tuesday, June 10, 2014