Saturday, June 30, 2012

C.F. Payne World Choir Games Poster Signing July 5th

C.F. Payne will be signing the official Choir Games poster from 2pm-5pm following a free friendship concert in The Great Hall on Thursday, July 5th.

Great time to check out the Henry Ossawa Tanner exhibit while you are there!

Info on posters/choir games here:

Friday, June 29, 2012

A drawing from A Storm of Swords

I'm a big fan of the George R. R. Martin book series A Song of Ice and Fire. I recently finished the third book. Here is a drawing from when Arya and the Hound need to cross a swollen river...though I realize now I remembered some details about the scene wrong. Oops! It's probably no more liberty than the HBO series would have taken, if anyone's been watching that - yikes! :)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Book Trailer: A Warm Winter Tail

I am really excited about this one. (OK, I like both, or rather all 8 books coming out this fall, but this one is so lovely.) Thanks to Theresa Franke for recording her children Gwen and Max for the track. It makes it over-the-top adorable. Theresa is also an amazing artist. Check out her work:

I should get a copy of the book in a couple weeks; looking forward to seeing the printed version. Of course there will also soon be a Sylvan Dell App. Stay tuned!

Sorry to post so much so close...

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sketch Journal Workshop

I just got back from a sketch journal workshop in Taos, NM. I did a LOT of sketching so and breaking my coverage into several parts on my design and illustration blog.

This is the first one:

Stay tuned for the rest!

The workshop was run by Amy Bogard who is doing another one in fall 2013 in Ireland. (And I plan to attend.)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Baby Reads the News

My children's book is taking a long time to get re-launched, and my webcomic is in the thumbnail stage. But completed pictures are so much more satisfying! So - a quickie of a baby newscaster. All the news a toddler can use.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Lion King Pre-Pre-Pre-Pre-Prequel?

Looks like animation is almost as old as drawing. Check out some shots of the first paleolithic animated pictures recently found.

Looks like the French and their avante garde art goes back some 30,000 years.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Illustrator News: Craig Cleveland heading up new design program at Covington Catholic

At Covington Catholic High School, artist & teacher Craig Cleveland will come on board full-time as of the Fall.
He will be teaching Graphic Design I, II, and III, as well as Intro To Autocad at his Alma Mater.
In addition, he will also be heading up a Web Design class.

They have a new Technology Lab that features pc's, some mac's, a handful of new Wacom tablets for the students to draw with, a poster plotter...and hopefully a new Wacom Cintiq coming soon. Their website is:

Some of the fun projects that Craig has challenged the students with:
> an original Board Game design, working in design teams of 2, featuring original illustrations, logo design and 3-dimensional mockups.
> create a hybrid automobile comprised of various parts from other vehicles

Some of Craig's students will be heading to colleges all over the country, majoring in design or illustration.
For example, one student will be taking design at Montana State.

If anyone in the Illustrator group is interested in coming to school, showing their work and inspiring others, they can reach him at:

Jerry Dowling visited last year and it was a big hit!

MoreStudent Work

Student Work

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Jared Lee Video

Herron School of Art in Indianapolis where Jared Lee attended from 1961 to
1965 came to the studio and recorded this video. A cool interview and peek at his studio... 

Automotive Art Show at Ault Park Sunday

Come out to the "Concours d'Elegance" ( aka "fancy car show") to benefit The Arthritis Foundation at Ault Park on Sunday, 10 to 4. I'm part of the Art Show this year, along with about 10 other automotive artists. It takes place in the Pavilion, all the way up the steps. Parking can be an issue unless you arrive early on, so I recommend taking the shuttles that run from the old Swallens store location on Red Bank Road. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Christina Wald: Sensing Their Prey

From Smelling Prey: Available September 2012 through Magic Wagon, a division of the ABDO Group ( or your educational wholesaler.

 We have had a bit of a dearth of new art on the blog so I am going to break the ice...

This has been an ongoing project for a while. The project was 6 books and 84 paintings, so this is just a taste. I will be sharing a lot more in the coming months.

It was a wonderful project and the ABDO folks were amazing to work with, I can hardly wait to see the books in print.

They are on the Barnes and Noble site for pre-order:

Some more on the blog:

What are all of you working on? Give us a peek!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Standard Publishing Looking for Illustrators

Standard Publishing is ramping up their Children's and Baby lines and would like to use local illustrators for them.

Mark Haas, the Creative Director (and CCAD alum) is interested in seeing portfolios. Send links and samples to: 

He says he is looking for graphic, whimsical baby, to whimsical rendered illustrations to even classic illustration with a twist.

Here is there current line:

Although, they are planning to go in a new direction with the illustration. 

Good luck!

Illustrator News: C.F. Payne Painting Workshop

Dates: June 23-24
Saturday 8am – 5 pm
Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
Cost $200
Info here: 
To make a reservation or for more information, call the Evendale Cultural Arts Center at (513) 563-1350 or the Evendale Recreation Center at (513)563-2247.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit Exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum

From the CAM site:

Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit

May 26, 2012 - September 09, 2012

More than one hundred works, from paintings to sculpture, are featured in this major exhibition devoted to the acclaimed artist Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859–1937). The exhibition follows Tanner’s personal journey to explore his work from many facets: the impact of his upbringing and education as a young African American in Philadelphia in the years after the Civil War; his success as an American expatriate artist at the highest levels of the international art world at the turn of the 20th century; Tanner’s role as a leader of an artist’s colony in rural France; and his contributions in aid of American servicemen to the efforts of the Red Cross during WWI. Landscapes, portraits and luminous street scenes from Tanner’s visits to the Holy Land and Near East are included in this exhibition, which highlights his invigoration of religious painting, an endeavour deeply rooted in his own faith. Organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, this exhibition is the second stop on a three-city tour and is accompanied by both a major catalogue and a children’s book by renowned artist Faith Ringgold.


Lines and Colors (one of my favorite blogs) did a write up about the show:

Slide show and other goodies:

Friday, June 1, 2012

Illustrator News: Deborah Ridgley

Limited Portrait Palette - Free
With Deborah Ridgley
Saturday, June 2, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Deborah Ridgley will be demonstrating "The Limited Palette" for the oil painter. This is a method used by many old master oil painters. Deborah will paint the model using the "Zorn" limited palette, used by master painter Anders Zorn (1860 -1920.) There will be discussion on composition, color mixing, and other limited palettes.

8154 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236
At The Plaza
Formerly Wilson Art Stores.
Located in Kenwood, next to Chipotle.
Phone: 513-793-5300