Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Illustrators Lunch Has an Email Address

In this era of weird email issues, I have created an Illustrators Lunch email address. I will now send the weekly lunch email from that address.

It is

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Brian's Cats

Here's the sketch I snagged from Brian at the Lost Cat Show. Great show! Thanks Brian!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Hoppy Bunny Sketch

Like Christina said, I PROMISED to post the sketches I was giving away at the "Lost Cats" art show on the blog. Here's the first: Hoppy Bunny.

P.S. Pam and Viki, I have your prints for you. Can you send me your mailing addresses?

Email problems

If you have not gotten the email announcement this week, I am having email issues and am trying to sort them out. If you have gotten the lunch announcement in the past and did not this week, email me at

I do not remove anyone from the email list unless they ask, so it is a email issue if you did not receive it.

If anyone knows about dealing with email issues, contact me...

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Lost Cats Show

The Lost Cat Art Dudes: Craig Boldman, Tim Fuller, David Hartz, Brian Hagen, Brian Uhl (Not Pictured: Joe Kuth and Justin Green)

Justin Green, the show mastermind, and Brian Hagen

Joe Kuth and Brian

Craig Boldman (who we really miss as a lunch regular) and Brian

Brian signing one of the wonderful sketches he was handing out at the opening. He PROMISES to post some on the blog...

Debby Fuller, Steve Meek, Tim Fuller, Christina Wald and Troy Cooksey

Viki Woodworth, Bob, and Troy

Mike and Brian
A lot of other illustrators lunch folk were there as well and I am so sad I did not get pictures of all of them. If anyone has some, please post them! Great show! I will update this post as to the end date so you can check it out.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Illustrator News: Jerry Dowling in CityBeat

Cool article about Jerry's mural in Arthur's! It also mentions the book he is finishing on Hollywood caricatures.

It is funny that the article mentions that people often ask if they can get their portrait added to the mural.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

New Book Trailer: Why the Possum has a Large Grin

You all can probably tell I am really excited about this one.

I am so delighted to finally work with an author/musician. It made the trailer so fun! Yes, it is clear I watched way to many Warner Brothers cartoons as a kid...

I love this book; I hope people who read it enjoy it as much as I enjoyed illustrating it! (Out this Fall, 2012)

Warning: This song gets stuck in your head! (Although while editing, I probably listened to it 1000 times)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Neil Gaiman's Commencement Address

I know this has virally ricocheting around the web, but it is really worth watching. Gaiman says a lot about the direction media and publishing are going that I have said (more eloquently though).

It also is a good companion the the Noah Z. Jones interview that I posted a couple days ago.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Art Academy Looking For Program Ideas

Ken Henson Says: The Community Education Department at The Art Academy of Cincinnati is looking for illustrators to teach workshops and/or classes.  They are looking for people to come to them with ideas.  To contact the Community Education department by phone call
513-562-8748 or email them at

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Tad Barney Cameo

A Tad Barney caricature by Tom Richmond makes a cameo in today's Sunday Mailbag on Tom's Mad Blog.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Illustrator News: Lost Cats Show

Great new show opening at Sitwell's May 25th! See you there! The flier kinda says it all!

University of Chicago Comics Show Webcast

Bummed you cannot go to the Comics Conference this weekend in Chicago? Yes, we ALL were... (Except for Brian... lucky sod...He BETTER take pictures...) Never fear! You can watch all the juicy goodness live online!

Join the conversation on Twitter @UChicagoArts #comicscon

Bookmark the webcast on UChicago Live:

Interesting Illustrator Success Story

I recently listened to this interview again after recommending it to a friend. I am not sure if I posted a link before, but it is worth doing again if I did.

It is an NPR interview (on their show The Story) with illustrator Noah Z. Jones, the creator of the Disney animated series Fish Hooks:

The description from the site: Until recently, Noah Z. Jones was a freelance illustrator and stay-at-home dad living on the coast of Maine. One day he created a website, Almost Naked Animals. Someone at Disney got turned on to Noah’s work. Soon, Noah and his family moved to L.A. where Noah could work full time on a new animated series. 

It is very inspiring. When you listen, start halfway through. The interview is at the midway point of the show.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Been Awhile

After having attended the Illustratour's Lunch today I realized I haven't been on in while. Here's a little something I made recently. I'll do my best to remember to pop in now and again. I will have some newer stuff to put up here in the near future, too. This piece is called, 'The White Lion'. Enjoy!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Upcoming Big Illustration Events

 If anyone who reads this blog is going to Spectrum Fantastic Art Live or ICON 7, (or any other cool illustration event) let us know what you thought. Did you get a lot out of it? Would you recommend it to others?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Plein Air Painting Schedule

The South West Plein Air Painters just posted the painting schedule. They are an open group you can join to paint at any time. Contact info on the schedule...

Since I recently got a plein air easel, I hope to join them occasionally.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Maurice Sendak (1928 - 2012)

In light of Maurice Sendak's death, I thought I'd post these excellent interviews. At least we all know why there wasn't a Where the Wild Things Are 2.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Will Hillenbrand's Interview on WCPO

Will's interview about his book Kite Day in case you missed it.

Viki Woodworth's new Iguana Mask at Zoo

Here are a couple of photos of kid's wearing the Iguana Masks they painted at the Zoo on Children's Day, April 28th.  Viki Woodworth's newly designed mask was a hit with all the kids, especially the boys.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Hi everyone. I heard this fascinating story yesterday on the drive home about New Yorker magazine covers that were never published. I thought I'd share. Enjoy!