Friday, December 28, 2012

Illustrator News: Carol Tyler

Interview with Carol Tyler in The Comics Reporter.

Really interesting and in-depth about making a living as a cartoonist, being a female cartoonist, her books and graphic novels in general.

Link to her books:

Carol also teaches a class at University of Cincinnati on making comics and graphic novels.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Competitons, Annuals, etc

Breath," charcoal on canvas, 2010 by Dirk Dzimirsky from Bocholt, Germany
(included in the forthcoming INDA 7)
Now that Christmas is over and everyone got their favorite Art books as gifts, it is a bit of an annual/competition season...


HIGH (realism's realism)

An International Competitive Exhibit of Contemporary Realism

Deadline has been extended to: December 28

Info Here: 

International Drawing Annual 8 (INDA)
exhibit-in-print (book) publication
$1000 in cash awards
(see past volumes)
Deadline for submissions - December 31, 2012

An International call for entries for works of drawing and writing about drawing. This is an award-winning international book project. However, a small 'selections from' exhibit will also be presented in Manifest's Drawing Room in August/September 2013 to close out Manifest's exhibit season. 

Info Here:  

Communication Arts Illustration Annual:

Deadline: January 4, 2013

Entries submitted after that date require a $10 per entry late fee. No entries will be accepted after January 18, 2013.

Introduce your work to the world. Enter the most prestigious illustration competition for creativity in illustration, the Communication Arts Illustration Competition. Any illustration first printed or produced from January 2012 through January 2013 is eligible. Selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and illustrators, the winning entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Illustration Annual and on, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work. As a service to art directors, designers and art buyers, a comprehensive index will carry contact information of the illustrators represented.

CA’s Award of Excellence is one of the most-coveted awards in the industry. If chosen, winning places you in the highest ranks of your profession. Ask any creative director which competitions rank as the most influential and they'll place Communication Arts at the top of the list.

2013 Illustration Jury
Communication Arts
Chad W. Beckerman, creative director, ABRAMS Kids and Abrams ComicArts, New York, NY
Penelope Dullaghan, Illustrator, West Columbia, SC
Tim J Luddy, creative director, Mother Jones, San Francisco, CA
Rikki Poulos, principal, Rikki Poulos Design, Los Angeles, CA
Chris von Ende, art director, Leo Burnett, Chicago, IL
 Info Here: 

Spectrum Fantastic Art: 
Deadline for entries: January 25th
Info Here:


Monday, December 24, 2012

Gnome Joy!

I've been obsessed with peppermints and gnomes so they seemed a perfect combination for my card this year.  Wishing everyone a very happy holiday and lots of joy!

Rekow Christmas Card

Running a bit behind this year —as always.
Last year I got the idea of drawing the family as fish, but I only got as far as a sketch. This year, the plan was fully hatched. As a bonus, the card is coordinated with our gingerbread cookies —also very avian.
Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Illustrator News: Jeffery Ebbeler

Jeffrey Ebbeler will be at Happen, Inc. to read from one of his latest books, Snow Day for Mouse by Judy Cox, at 4 PM tomorrow (December 22nd)...

4201 Hamilton Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45223

He will also be at Blue Manatee on Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10:30am – 11:30am

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Seven Swans A-Swimming!

Since Christina posted hers, I'll go ahead and post my Christmas card for this year.

This is the first Christmas as a husband (I got married in October), so I wanted to get the entire Sweeney crew accounted for.

Even the dumb one.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

This is my card for this year. I hope some others post theirs...

I also have my latest Pop Smoothie comic: a very, super special spectacular, spectacular pop smoothie epic holiday special
So stop by and say hi!

And thanks everyone who came to the Christmas Party. It was a great time and I will post pictures here soon. In the meantime, here are some of Jerry's pictures:

Monday, December 17, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Cincinnati Art Club Art Sale

Tom Post and a bunch of other artists are having a Holiday Sale at Wessel Gallery December 15th and 16th 12 to 5 PM.

It is a great way to support local artists and buy a gift for that favorite relative and or friend!

Cincinnati Art Club 1021 Parkside Place in Mount Adams.

Also stop by Broadhope Art Collective in downtown Cheviot. They also have a lot of gifts and art by Gabe Utasi and many others.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Illustrator News: Ursula Roma

Get it here:
This adorable cook/activity book illustrated by Ursula Roma just came out. Since it is the second day of Hanukkah, it seems like the perfect post!

Illustrator News: Maurice Mattei

Maurice Mattei's band The Tempers will perform Friday at York Street Cafe. He also did this cool poster for the event!
Another great body paint photoshoot with our favorite photographer Teresa Lones  This time a Christmas theme.... more pics on our Facebook page.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Illustrators Christmas Party

Sunday December 16th at 6pm at Slatt's.

 858 Cooper Road,
Downtown Blue Ash
Phone: 513-791-2223

Bring art and RSVP by December 12th

I have to give the restaurant a final headcount.

Illustrator News: Margi Hopkins

"Twisted Lemon", colored pencil by Cecile Baird
Margi Hopkins has a piece in the Colored Pencil Society of America (CSPA) art show and sale opening Friday the 7th.
The show is open until December 21.

CPSA 7th Annual Colored Pencil Art Exhibition, presented by District Chapter #119
The Barn-Women's Art Club Cultural Arts Center
6980 Cambridge Ave., Mariemont, OH

Friday, December 7, 6-9 PM--Opening & Presentation of Awards

December 10-21, Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 AM-2 PM.

Link to Cecile Baird.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Illustrator News: Christina Wald Signing Books at Joseph-Beth in Kentucky

I will be signing A Warm Winter Tail and Why the Possum has a Large Grin on Wednesday, December 5th at 5 pm.

I will read the books and do an art demo.

Note that this is the Joseph-Beth in Crestview Hills, KY.

Hope to see all my Kentucky (and Ohio) friends there!

More info here:

Joseph-Beth Booksellers
2785 Dixie Hwy.
Crestview Hills, KY  41017
859 912 7860

Here are the book trailers:

Fairytale illustrations in Peter G. Thomson exhibit at Main Library

“Little Red Riding Hood” from the Peter G. Thomson Collection. Photos courtesy of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

“The Night Before Christmas” from the Peter G. Thomson Collection.
This looks cool!

From the PR sheet:

"There’s something about the holidays that brings out the little kid in all us, and what better what to revisit our childhoods than by viewing the classic illustrations of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, The Night Before Christmas and other favorite books at the Main Library.
The illustrations are from the Peter G. Thomson Collection and make up the exhibit “Wonderland of Fairytales” in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room in the Main Library. The exhibit is on display Nov. 16 through Feb. 17, 2013, and includes alphabet books, Mother Goose nursery rhymes, Shakespeare and a host of other children’s books from the 1880s.
Peter G. Thomson, 1851-1931, in the span of about a decade (1880s) published over 100 children’s books in his Race Street shop. The main production of color printing was children’s books and comical valentines. His publications grew in popularity, rivaling McLaughlin Brothers of New York who bought him out in 1892. With proceeds from the sale, he established the Champion Coated Paper Company."

EXHIBIT HOURS: The Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Main Library is located at 800 Vine Street.
The Cincinnati Room also houses the Charles Fontayne and William S. Porter’ “Cincinnati Panorama of 1848,” the oldest wide view photograph of an American city. The award-winning masterpiece is revered worldwide as one of the finest examples of daguerreian photography.
For more information about the exhibit, contact the Genealogy & Local History Department at 513-369-6905.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

"The Drowned Men" Illustration Process Video of Woodrow J. Hinton III

From Anthony Francis Moormen's (the director) statement:

"This demo was shot for Woodrow J. Hinton III in preparation for a Documentary, he and I are currently filming.

This was a great exercise for me to fully get a grasp of the actual process of making an illustration.

I filmed Woody over the course of 6 days. The Illustration approximately took 24hrs to complete. The convenient thing about shooting this demo was Woody lives 15 mins away from my home. So the access and availability to film was a fantastic advantage" 

Nicely edited with an awesome soundtrack!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christmas is Coming! Illustrator Wish List...

What are the hot art books and products this holiday season? Here are a couple of my ideas. Does anyone have anything else to add?

 An amazing collection of the artwork of Jeffery Jones. I hope to see the documentary that Maria Cabardo did that has been making the rounds, but until then, this will have to suffice...

This book just came out and looks really cool. From the Bud Plant description:  "For the first time an exhaustive look at the art and career of Walt Kelly; from his days at Disney working on such films as Snow White, Fantasia, and Dumbo to his work for Dell comics. His brilliant Fairy Tale Parade and Animal Comics, culminating with his creation of Albert and Pogo as a comic book feature! This full color art book has it all!"

Pogo is probably one of the best cartoons ever, I definitely plan to check this out.

Although this came out in 2008, it is a must have in any illustrator's book collection.

I loved this art book. No matter how you felt about Brave, this book has some amazing concept sketches and paintings.

Another animation art book, the Paranorman art book is amazing!
Not only concept art, but the armatures and sets are also discussed in depth.

 Of course Spectrum 19 goes without saying.

 I have been obsessed with keeping a sketchbook lately. This is a great resource to break the ice if you want to sketch more.
This Plein Air easel from Dick Blick is really cool. It is unbelievably only $90 and comes with a carrying case.

This product looks interesting for the plein air and urban sketcher. it is a portable stick chair. I am temped to try it out since finding a place to sit is sometimes the biggest challenge. I still think a situpon like we had in girl scout days would be more useful...

If you want a more conventional portable stool, this may be the ticket...

I have to admit I have fallen in love with these Hand Book Artist Journals by Global Art. They come in a wide variety of sizes and colors, have a nice tooth ant take watercolor well on both sides...

But wait, there's more!

Creative Illustration is considered Andrew Loomis's magnum opus, which was aimed primarily at the professional-level illustrator. Divided into seven sections: Line, Tone, Color, Telling the Story, Creating Ideas, Fields of Illustration, and Experimenting and Studies, this book is filled with instructions, tips, insider experiences, and incredible illustrations.

Suggestion from Brian Hagan:

"Jose Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Now legendary, these men have emerged as the most prominent figures of the famed Mexican mural movement, which lasted from the '20s through the early '70s and was hailed as the most significant achievement in public art of the 20th century. The dramatic story of the movement is told here in a fascinating history of the artists, accompanied by over 100 spectacular color reproductions of the murals"

 Gift Certificate to Taos Sketch Journal Workshop by Amy Bogard:

This is a great week of soaking in the Taos, NM art scene and sketching. I would go again if I was not going to Italy in March. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Vanishing Cincinnati-Book Featuring Detailed Pen and Ink illustrations of Cincinnati

Book Cover

Artists David & Barbara Day to Lead Discussion About Their Life Works
Vanishing Cincinnati Book Launch at Main Library Sunday, December 2 – 2:00 p.m.

A book launch debuting, Vanishing Cincinnati, a compilation of the life works of local artists David and Barbara Day, will take place at the Main Library of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County on Sunday, December 2.

As part of the launch, a panel discussion featuring the Days (as well as local historian and former Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Owen Findsen, who wrote the forward for the book), will begin at 2:00 p.m. The discussion, to be moderated by reference librarian Chris Smith, will be held in the third floor study area across from the Genealogy & Local History Department.

David and Barbara Day’s book, Vanishing Cincinnati, will be available for purchase and to be signed by the artists after the discussion courtesy of the Friends of the Public Library.
David and Barbara Day, the husband and wife partners of David Day, Designer & Associates, have been professional designers in Cincinnati for nearly 50 years during which they have directed restoration of some of Cincinnati’s landmark buildings, including the former Cincinnati Enquirer Building at 617 Vine Street. Today, their practice and studio is in the Pendleton Art Center in Over-the-Rhine.

The Days’ freehand working drawings done for clients and contractors over decades have become collectors’ items in their own right. Now many of these renderings, along with some of their original drawings which were completed independently of commissioned projects, have been collected in Vanishing Cincinnati.                                  

Imbued with history and intricate background, the Days’ finely detailed pen and ink illustrations bring life and color to Cincinnati’s sepia past. Among illustrations found in the book are depictions of Sawyer Point and Mt. Adams as they were seen in the late 1800s, trolley cars rattling through Eden Park, and the Cincinnati Reds battling the Tigers at Crosley Field for the 1940 World Series title. It is through the vision of these artists that elements of the past long since removed from everyday life can once again be preserved through illustrations, such as a locomotive moving down Eggleston Street 80 years ago. The book doesn’t leave out the city’s most iconic landmarks. Drawings of Fountain Square, Music Hall, and Union Terminal provide glimpses of previous glory as well as one of the “Old” Main Library, which once stood on Vine Street, just a block and a half away from the current location (where much of the research for Vanishing Cincinnati was conducted).

While Vanishing Cincinnati illustrates some of what has been lost to the city, its spirit is in the preservation and the continuity of the city’s architectural past. Within its pages, the authors hope to convey the idea that care for these venerable neighborhoods and structures brings longevity and cultural richness to the community and the understanding that the old and the new can function, even thrive together.

 MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS: David is a fifth-generation Cincinnatian, born in Over-the-Rhine and Barbara, whose family goes back four generations, was born in Clifton. Both attended the University of Cincinnati and earned Bachelor of Science degrees in industrial design and interior design.

Upon graduation the two classmates, worked for and learned from R. Buckminster Fuller in a graduate program at Southern Illinois University. Fuller was a visionary architect, designer, philosopher, and author who devoted his life to learning and teaching ways good design could improve the human condition. The Days started their design practice in the 1960s within earshot of the splashing waters of the Tyler Davidson Fountain, and continue to this day on the edge of “the Northern Liberties” (just south of Liberty Street Hill) where they can hear the bells ringing in the Over-the-Rhine bell tower, which they designed.

Image from the book

David and Barbara Day
For information, call the Main Library at (513) 369-6905 or visit or log onto

This looks REALLY cool!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Taos Workshop with Amy Bogard

Last June, Vanessa Sorensen and I went to Amy Bogard's Sketch Journal workshop in Taos NM. It was Amazing!

There is a meeting about it at the Art Academy at 6:30 but do not worry, you can email her about it too since you probably cannot make it.

 Here’s the gist of it from Amy…..
Sketchbook & Journal Workshop with Amy Bogard at the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, New Mexico
 Check in the evening of June 16 –  Check out the morning of June 21, 2013! ( Four workshop days and 5 nights at the Mabel Dodge House!! )
$1175 per person (double occupancy)
$1365 if you prefer a (single occupancy)
Workshop Includes:
• 4 days/5 nights lodging,
• Breakfast and Lunch on workshop days,
plus breakfast and a bag lunch on the day of departure.
• Meet local Taos artists (in the past we have met such artists as Terrie Mangat, Kate Cartwright, Lenny Foster and more!)
• Visit Historic Taos sites, artists studio visits all set to inspire your creative journey
• Amy Bogard’s sketchbook & journaling techniques

Deadline to Register is Jan 16, 2013.
To Pre-register for the 2013 trip, email me directly!

Sketch I did at the workshop

Bathroom where we stayed painted by D.H. Lawrence

Cholla Flower

Mabel Dodge Luhan House

Monday, November 12, 2012

Golden Book Illustrations at the Main Cincinnati Library Downtown

The Cincinnati Main Library is hosting the “Golden Legacy” exhibit, the most extensive public showing ever of original illustration art from American publishing’s best-loved and most consequential picture-book series, Little Golden Books.

The exhibit runs through Feb. 21, 2013, in the Main Library’s Atrium, 800 Vine Street. Hours are: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

From the PR sheet:
"Launched in 1942 — the first full year of America’s involvement in World War II — Little Golden Books made high-quality illustrated books available at affordable prices for the first time to millions of young children and their parents. Among the artists who contributed to the ambitious series were greats of the European √©migr√© community (including Garth Williams, Feodor Rojankovsky, and Tibor Gergely) who had gathered in New York as the European situation worsened; alumni of the Walt Disney Studios (including Gustaf Tenggren, Martin Provensen, J.P. Miller, and Mary Blair), who came East for the artistic freedom and control associated with picture-book making; and American originals such as Eloise Wilkin, Elizabeth Orton Jones, Richard Scarry, and Hilary Knight.

Sixty original masterpieces of illustrated art by these and other artists, chosen from the vast Random House archive, will be featured in the exhibition, including examples from such picture-book classics as “The Poky Little Puppy,” “Tootle,” “Home for a Bunny,” “The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse,” “The Color Kittens,” “I Can Fly,” and more.

This exhibit was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas. For more information, call 513-369-6900 or visit"
Here is a link to the full press release.

The downtown library always has such good shows. Our next downtown lunch is 1/16. We should stop by the exhibit after! Although, this will be hard to resist until then.