Friday, November 21, 2014

Kelley Hensing Solo Show Opening at Last Rites Gallery

Kelley Hensing left Cincinnati several years ago to get her MFA in illustration at School of Visual Arts...

Since then, she has done some amazing work and has a solo show opening at Last Rites Gallery called The Animal Within opening Saturday.

November 22- December 27th, 2014
Opening reception with the Artist, Saturday November 22, 7-11pm
Last Rites Gallery
325 W. 38th Street
between 8th & 9th Avenue
New York City
 There is a great write up on her show  on Muddy Colors by Donato Giancola here:

There is a write up on her studio here on the Hi-Fructose site:

So, if you are in NYC this December, stop by!

Revenge of the Wild
  Artwork © wickiearts/Kelley Hensing

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Some Great Drawing Opportunites at Manifest

Quickdraw Session December 4th

Two open hours of short poses, to develop speed and capture energy!

Thursday, December 4th, 7-9 pm

Cost: $12 ($6 for college and high school students)
(participants still must register in advance or upon arriving at the Drawing Center)


Open Figure is an uninstructed life-drawing studio format whereby professionals, students, and the creative public can work side-by-side in common pursuit of excellence in the discipline of drawing (or various other media) while working from the nude model. This no-performance-pressure environment inevitably leads to new learning, support, and productivity that complements formal study (at the high school, college, or professional level), or other non-figure-related artistic work. Each session is moderated by Manifest Associates who are trained and well-qualified artists and/or instructors at the college level.

Twelve hours of life drawing in two days!

This special offering is generally intended for longer more extended poses. At the moderator's discretion with participant input multiple poses may be set up during this two-day drawing marathon.
Participants are welcome to work in various media besides drawing, while taking into consideration other participants and the integrity of the studio space.


Saturday December 13
9:30 - 12:30 part 1
12:30 - 2:00 lunch break (option for group lunch off-site)
2:00 - 5:00 part 2
Sunday December 14
9:30 - 12:30 part 3
12:30 - 2:00 lunch break (option for group lunch off-site)
2:00 - 5:00 part 4

These are great ways to improve your drawing skill.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

James Gurney at SBK Workshop Sept, 2014

James Gurney-creator and illustrator of the Dinotopia series was the featured instructor at the Susan K Black Foundation Artist Workshop in Dubois, WY. SKB 2014 workshop  Linda Howard Bittner, longtime member of the Cincy Illustrator's group, attended the workshop. Gurney was there with his wife, who is also an accomplished watercolor painter.

James was fantastic, giving several slide presentations, many technique demos and painting in the field with participating artists. His sketchbook journals are phenomenal!  He uses casein, watercolors, inks and pencil while "Urban Journaling". He travels the US and the world painting everyday scenes.

One image in his slide presentation was a caricature of our own, Chris Payne. Gurney had also visited CCAD recently as a guest instructor. You MUST check out his blog...he is an amazing fine artist, illustrator, inventor and all around creative genius. James Gurney Blog

He's a fun instructor yet very dedicated to the principles of fine art. Also check out his website...he was an ongoing artist for National Geographic Magazine for many years. James Gurney website

Here are some pics from the SKB workshop, including one of Linda Howard Bittner mentoring a local high school student.

Gurney created an "Artist" persona to help him while journaling. He has hats and shirts with his name embroidered on them and "Department of Art" he looks like a public worker. He's even made orange cones with "Dept of Art" as well, to keep people from blocking his view while painting along streets. James has also created his own press badges and other tricks to help him get better access to his subjects. See more in his blog.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Plug Ins and Drawing Gadgets

 Chris Ruggiero sent in this tip from Artist Dacosta! using a Cintiq 22 to demonstrate the DynamicSketch plugin from Astute Graphics in Adobe Illustrator. See how DynamicSketch allows users to repeat brush strokes, edit and trim shapes, form instant circles, and join shapes.

Photo from the Verge Review:

Will Hillenbrand recently show us this new tool for the iPad from Adobe called the Ink and Slide:

It looks pretty powerful with the ease of making brushes and natural drawing tools.

Anyone else tried it?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Library Event with Caldecott Winner Eric Rohmann

Meet Caldecott Medalist Eric Rohmann and award-winning author, Candace Fleming.  You know their books!  Now you can meet them up close and personal to learn about writing and illustrating wonderful books for children and young adults!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Monday, November 10, 2014

Memento Mori Closing Party November 12th

If you missed the opening, come this Wednesday to the closing of the Memento Mori Show from 5-8 pm at Avenue 222.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

An Evening of Bluegrass

This was an image commissioned as part of a poster for An Evening of Bluegrass, a bluegrass show featuring several different bands that will take place Dec. 5 at Southgate House Revival. You can find out more about the show here:

Memento Mori Show Opening On Halloween

 Ursula Roma curated this show in honor of her brother.

Her statement:

25+ Artists visualize death. Memento Mori - Remember your Mortality. Join over 25 artists and illustrators as they share their versions of death, remember deceased loved ones and celebrate life! Benefit show - half of the proceeds go to my brother, who lost his possessions in a fire recently.

Here is a wee painting I did.

Dia De Los Gatos Muertos by Christina Wald

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ruff Ruffman in Cincinnati

We are very happy to announce that a project we have been working on with WGBH Boston, for PBS KIDS, has launched!

Ruff Ruffman stars in these YouTube-friendly, animated comedy shorts called Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius, in which he shares information about media and technology. This brand new resource from PBS also provides families and teachers with important information for our ever-changing digital lives.

The series has been spearheaded by Senior Executive Producer, Bill Shribman and EMMY-winning writer Gentry Menzel, has been funded as a pilot project by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and was produced by Cincinnati's Flaming Medusa Studios Inc.

Watch them Here! And share some pretty art here :)