Friday, April 29, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Giant Grim Wolf and the Girl in Crimson

This is a personal illustration of ...well I guess you could say its Little Red Riding Hood :p
I'm challenging myself to draw at least one portfolio worthy piece a week until I graduate!

Amanda Appiarius

April 27th Illustrators Lunch: Molly Malone's

Just a reminder since I sent the announcement so early last week:

Molly Malone’s

6111 Montgomery Road (45213) (Off the Norwood Lateral-close to Everybody’s Records)

Hope to see you there today at 11:30!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Queen Maudine

Howdy Folks,
Well, I seem to be quite the media kitten these days. Here is a link to a story about me regarding a t-shirt and a postcard I did for a friend - the Grumpy Gourmet in Columbus. If the link doesn’t work – go to and click on the brown menu bar that says ‘Cow Town, Live With It’ and then scroll down.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


It has come my attention that an old friend of mine wants to display art in the Kenwood Theatre. It would make the theatre looks nice, yes, and it could afford the illustrators that participate a means to sell their art in a print form.


It will put your art on display for those who attend the theatre to see.

I have also checked with a giclee printing company to see about making affordable prints for this effort. Giclee printing does have its initial costs. The initial scan for print production is a cost as the color correction for the first print, making the first print the most costly. But once the first print is created of an image, the following costs are much less. Depending on the size of the art. A first print would range in cost from $60.00 - $70.00 and more. Later prints are significantly less, like $25.00 - $35.00.

FrameUSA on Northland Boulevard would offer one the best price for framing, especially if one uses a standard frame size and can put the frame together themself.

In the end, my guess is your first print and your frame would put your initial cost at or around $75.00 - $90.00.

Selling the prints would be handled by the Kenwood Theatre. They would handle to bookkeeping and pay the sales taxes. They would take a 10% - 15% fee to cover the accounting and insurance costs of hanging the art.
The art on display should be selected with the idea of selling the art to the public.

A committee of three artists from our lunch group will decide if the art is right for the venture. I will serve on the committee with Linda Howard-Bittner and one more person yet to be determined.

The should not be perceived as a big money making venture, but it should be taken seriously as a retail opportunity and thus the art being right for the venue.

If you have interest contact me at

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Part-time graphic designer position

Forwarded message below:

Great American (downtown/new building) needs a part-time Graphic Designer to work 4 hours a day (20 hours a week), preferably in morning hours. This position could run through the end of the year and will pay up to $20/hour. They are looking to bring in someone on contract, so they would have to sign up through my company (Kelly Services). Feel free to share this with anybody you think might be interested and have them contact me to discuss further.

Contact: Tony Sheehy -

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Rough Interiour Layout for 'Epic Tales'

here is the rough interiour layout for the 'Epic Tales' series. I have to ink the banner/border and place it all into Indesign. Just to give you all an idea. Images are not the images from the actual adventure. Those will not be revealed till the release date. Text is all greeked, so no spoilers :P

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

David Hartz feature

Well lookie what I found- there is an article about David Hartz in the April Issue of the University of Cincinnati Magazine, and the article is online too. It's about his fire sculpting and the World Fire Sculpture Competition! There is even a video of the competition!

Super cool way to go David!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Seasons Series: Spring Final

The sketch was finished last July. Only 2 more seasons to go. Maybe I will get them done by 2012, maybe not. Summer and Fall are full of good material. I am exploring some sort of topiary theme in Summer.

Winter was the first image...

Friday, April 8, 2011

This Week at Arthur's...

Kelly and Michael-In from Brooklyn
Kelly just finished her illustration masters at SVA and
got into Spectrum this year. Congratulations!

A couple of Jerry's friends who moved to Brooklyn came to lunch this week and he took a couple snaps of the lunch crowd. Too bad no one thought to take a picture of Jerry. (I even have a new iphone to break in.)
Brian and Brennen... Justin's hand and
Eddie's head behind the menu.

We were not in front of Jerry's mural though, unfortunately.
David Hartz: The official illustrators
lunch fire artist.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Article On Comics and Low Pay in The Village Voice

Just read this article:  The Comics Issue: If Cartoons Are So Big, Why Don't They Pay? Drawn and nickled and dimed
It is an interesting read. I am curious what you all think... The article has an especially cool illustration. It does not make the subject matter any less depressing though...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Here's the final layout for the 'Epic Tales' adventure series, folks. Enjoy :)

Sparky drawing

Here he is.

Fall 2011-Covers

I recently finished up 2 books and they will be out in Fall. Cannot show any interiors yet, but here are the covers:

The Wild Life of Elk published for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the National Forest Service.

 It is a book about elk for children and is pretty thorough.

Annie Jump Cannon, Astronomer published by Pelican. This is my first biography. I find these historical books to be very challenging because of the research.

Also, Habitat Spy is out. I will be at Blue Marble May 14th for a lunch party and signing! Hope to see you all there!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Calendar Cover

Hey, guys, I'm working on a calendar for 2012. This is the cover sketch I came up with. Any feedback would be great. I also uploaded a more detailed sketch in which I tweaked some tangents and laid in some text to hold the spot till I find the type-face I want. This is a really fun project :) Can't wait to see how the months are gonna turn out :)



Cuban Missile

I drew this poster of Reds lefty phenom Aroldis Chapman last week. He 's going to be signing stuff at Sports Gallery tonight at 6:30. Hopefully, fans will buy this and have him sign it.