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.