Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Joe Slucher's Review of Lazy Nezumi Photoshop Plug In

I have had a friend suggest this plugin in the past. Joe Slucher's review might push me to actually download it.

If you do linework in Photoshop, it may be a must have!

Lazy Nezumi Plugin Review

Closing: Empire Built on Ghosts

Anthony “Tank” Mansfield, Jaimie Filer, Christina Wald
If you missed the opening, check out the show closing bash for Anthony Tank Mansfield, Jaimie Filer, and me on Saturday, January 3rd at Popp=d ART on 2622 Vine St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 (Short Vine in Clifton) at 7 until 10 pm.

There will also be ninja and zombie cookies courtesy of my friend Katie and her amazing baking skills.

Making a special appearance...
Vincent is also in the show...

Friday, December 26, 2014

Holiday Sketches and Sketching at Krohn Conservatory

a tower of poinsettas, amy bogard
roebling bridge of sticks and bark, amy bogard
christina's sketch with the location
christina wald's finished sketch

Amy Bogard and Christina Wald can often be seen around town sketching city sites, and we don't slow down during the busy holiday season.  Yesterday we visited the lovely Krohn Conservatory to sketch their holiday display.  It is beautiful, filled with Cincinnati icons made out of natural materials.We found out later from Chuck Rekow that the display was done by Applied Imagination.

we were fortunate to find a bench to settle into
christina wald sketches

When not out sketching, we both work on our own projects.  Amy's character, Ginger Small, really enjoys readying for the holidays.  

And Christina created this Stagfox to grace her holiday cards. 

Wishing all of you and yours a wonderful and restful holiday and a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Illustrator News: Will Hillenbrand on WVXU

Will Hillenbrand will be on The Book Club @91.7 with Mark Perzel Saturday morning at 7am, December 13th.

More info here:

Empire Built on Ghosts Show Opening December 15th

Check out the show opening for Anthony Tank Mansfield, Jaimie Filer, and me on Monday, December 15th at Popp=d ART on 2622 Vine St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 at 5:00 until 8 pm.

We will be on hand with a bunch of prints and originals just in time for your favorite winter holiday of choice.

More info here:

Classes: Jim Effler

Join Jim Effler for Painting with Modern Methods and Classical Principals at the Evendale Cultural Arts Center Wed. evenings 6:30 to 8:30, Jan. 7,2015 to Feb 11,2015

More details here...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Don't Forget! This Sunday is the Illustrators Christmas Party!


Christmas Party is Sunday, December 14th at 6 PM at Slatt's.

RSVP by Friday, December 12th!

Party FAQ

1. Even if you cannot make it to the weekly lunch, the party is a good way to see everyone who cannot make it regularly.

2. After dinner, they let us take over the room and everyone brings artwork to set up and show off on the tables if they want to after they are cleared.

3. There is no advance fee and everyone gets separate checks. Slatt's is very accommodating. You can get dinner or just a drink.

Hope to see you there!

Slatts Pub

(513) 791-2223
4858 Cooper Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45242

Friday, December 5, 2014

Illustrations for "Bubbles" audio drama

After submitting the original illustration for "Bubbles" -- a science fiction audio drama that will premiere January 5 on Earbud Theater -- I was asked by the author to do an alternate version featuring the titular time bubbles in the story.

As you can see in my original sketch, I had envisioned using the time bubbles, but the further I rendered the first piece, the more I realized the time bubbles would just clutter things up. For the revised version, I decided to put all the elements into various time bubbles, and have them floating along in a quantum foam.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Quickdraw Tonight!

Open Session 

Two open hours of short poses, to develop speed and capture energy!

Thursday, December 4th, 7-9 pm (tonight!)

Join us for a high-energy evening of OPEN, uninstructed gesture and short-pose figure drawing. Practice capturing movement and hone your intuitive sense of anatomy in a session of life drawing focused on multiple poses and gesture drawing. The session will begin with poses ranging from 30 seconds to two minutes, and later move on to 5 to 15 minute poses. Participants must provide their own materials.


Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Madisonville
4905 Whetsel Avenue (second floor)

Go here for more information or to register online (can also register at the door)

Cost: $12 ($6 for college and high school students)
(participants still must register in advance or upon arriving at the Drawing Center) 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Work-in-progress: "Bubbles" for Earbud Theater

My latest illustration for an Earbud Theater science fiction audio drama, this time for a story called "Bubbles." I'm still fiddling with it, so there will probably be an updated version next week.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Max and Maggy

These are two characters I was commissioned to design for a small startup that's creating a product to help kids with their fine motor skills.

Preview of the Mummy Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Christina Wald and Amy Bogard
Amy Bogard and I recently had the opportunity to preview the new Mummy exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

We brought our sketchbooks along (well yes, they are always with us actually) There was a lot to choose from and we have sketched at the Museum Center a couple times before.  The exhibit focuses on mummification around the world and the science of decomposition in addition to the expected Egyptian mummies.

Some aspects of the exhibit are very moving. It is amazing how quickly we return to the decayed leaf litter when we die. Everything goes back to the dust it arose from ( Carl Sagan said "we are all star stuff" which is a much prettier way to say that.)

There are also cadavers used for scientific study in the show. We have a couple medical illustrators who come to the illustrators lunch occasionally and one recently brought pictures of a cadaver arm she drew from for a project. They made me think of her and the tradition of Leonardo Da Vinci. Although oddly we did not sketch that part of the show.

The creepiest part of the exhibit are the shrunken heads; definitely examples of the darker circumstances of death.

Anyway, here are some of the exhibits we did sketch from...

Sketch by Amy Bogard
This was in the shrunken head room.

Perhaps the creepiest photo of the day of Christina Wald sketching

Final shrunken head sketch by Christina Wald

  Here are some sketches Amy did of natural mummification of a child found in Peru.

Pages from Amy Bogard's aketchbook
Amy Bogard's final sketch

The main Egyptian Mummy room by Chrisitna Wald
We sketched a lot there but added color when we got home. It was too dark in the exhibit to paint. It is an amazing place to sketch though. The act of studying and drawing makes the experience stick with you.

Sketch by Christina Wald
Check out Amy Bogard's post here:

Amy also does an amazing sketch journal workshop in Taos, New Mexico every June. It is amazing! I hope to go again some year...

We are looking for more indoor places to sketch for the winter. Ideas? 

Thanks to WCPO Insider for the free tickets for this post c/o (courtesy of WCPO Insider).

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Interesting Article About Coming Up With That Original Cartoon Idea

I think this Washington Post article about Bob Staake's latest New Yorker cover is a fascinating look into possible solutions to a creative brief can be very similar.

This quote particularly caught my eye:  "Editorial cartoonists very often come up with the same idea independently. When five or more cartoonists come up with the same idea on the same day, we call it a Yahtzee."

It is an interesting thought. It is hard or impossible to come up with something totally original. Should you toss out an idea because it is such an obvious, powerful solution?

It also goes on to show a couple political pieces that parody a famous Norman Rockwell painting of a man getting tattoo. Plus there could be entire art books devoted to American Gothic parody media.

What do you think?

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Beer and Art Show and Beer, Art, and Breweriana Blow Out

Art by Larry Sparks
On “Final Friday” November 28th from 6P-10P local artists, including Jim Effler, will host a free show of original art. The BDCURC ( and artist/tap room manager Tank Mansfield recruited local artists and photographers to render brewing heritage and neighborhood scenes to raise money for the BDCURC’s development efforts. Original watercolor and oil paintings, illustrations, framed and unframed photographs, and limited edition prints of the newest neighborhood mural will all be available for purchase. Artist Jim Effler ( applies his realistic style (with a touch of impressionism) to local scenes, including beer posters and labels for local breweries and festivals. He will have a selection of original pieces as well as prints of his most popular event posters and beer labels. Other artists include Patrick Browne, Ray Burt, Rodney Eggleston, Ray Hassard, Stuart Hyde, Tank Mansfield, Chad Marchese, Kevin O’Neil, John Ritter, Clarence Sekeraks, Larry Sparks, Anthony Stollings, Christina Wald, Dann Woellert, and Kay Worz. 
"Black Friday Beer and Art Show" is Final Friday Nov 28 from 6P-10P and has local artists selling their original art with a brewing heritage twist, along with specials on Brewery District and Bockfest merchandise as well as live art demonstrations all night.
Jaimie Filer I will be doing live art Friday and this is one of my pieces in the show:
8" X "10 sketch By Christina Wald
If you cannot make it today because Aunt Edna is still visiting, there is always Sunday...

"Beer, Art, and Breweriana Blow Out" is Sunday Nov 30 from 9A-2P has the breweriana collectors' "Sunday after Thanksgiving Show" with great deals on beer cans, posters, neon signs, and more unique beer collectibles. The art returns along with the merchandise specials!
(6 photos)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Kelley Hensing Solo Show Opening at Last Rites Gallery

Kelley Hensing left Cincinnati several years ago to get her MFA in illustration at School of Visual Arts...

Since then, she has done some amazing work and has a solo show opening at Last Rites Gallery called The Animal Within opening Saturday.

November 22- December 27th, 2014
Opening reception with the Artist, Saturday November 22, 7-11pm
Last Rites Gallery
325 W. 38th Street
between 8th & 9th Avenue
New York City
 There is a great write up on her show  on Muddy Colors by Donato Giancola here:

There is a write up on her studio here on the Hi-Fructose site:

So, if you are in NYC this December, stop by!

Revenge of the Wild
  Artwork © wickiearts/Kelley Hensing

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Some Great Drawing Opportunites at Manifest

Quickdraw Session December 4th

Two open hours of short poses, to develop speed and capture energy!

Thursday, December 4th, 7-9 pm

Cost: $12 ($6 for college and high school students)
(participants still must register in advance or upon arriving at the Drawing Center)


Open Figure is an uninstructed life-drawing studio format whereby professionals, students, and the creative public can work side-by-side in common pursuit of excellence in the discipline of drawing (or various other media) while working from the nude model. This no-performance-pressure environment inevitably leads to new learning, support, and productivity that complements formal study (at the high school, college, or professional level), or other non-figure-related artistic work. Each session is moderated by Manifest Associates who are trained and well-qualified artists and/or instructors at the college level.

Twelve hours of life drawing in two days!

This special offering is generally intended for longer more extended poses. At the 

moderator's discretion with participant input multiple poses may be set up during 
this two-day drawing marathon.
Participants are welcome to work in various media besides drawing, while taking 
into consideration other participants and the integrity of the studio space.


Saturday December 13
9:30 - 12:30 part 1
12:30 - 2:00 lunch break (option for group lunch off-site)
2:00 - 5:00 part 2
Sunday December 14
9:30 - 12:30 part 3
12:30 - 2:00 lunch break (option for group lunch off-site)
2:00 - 5:00 part 4

These are great ways to improve your drawing skill.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

James Gurney at SBK Workshop Sept, 2014

James Gurney-creator and illustrator of the Dinotopia series was the featured instructor at the Susan K Black Foundation Artist Workshop in Dubois, WY. SKB 2014 workshop  Linda Howard Bittner, longtime member of the Cincy Illustrator's group, attended the workshop. Gurney was there with his wife, who is also an accomplished watercolor painter.

James was fantastic, giving several slide presentations, many technique demos and painting in the field with participating artists. His sketchbook journals are phenomenal!  He uses casein, watercolors, inks and pencil while "Urban Journaling". He travels the US and the world painting everyday scenes.

One image in his slide presentation was a caricature of our own, Chris Payne. Gurney had also visited CCAD recently as a guest instructor. You MUST check out his blog...he is an amazing fine artist, illustrator, inventor and all around creative genius. James Gurney Blog

He's a fun instructor yet very dedicated to the principles of fine art. Also check out his website...he was an ongoing artist for National Geographic Magazine for many years. James Gurney website

Here are some pics from the SKB workshop, including one of Linda Howard Bittner mentoring a local high school student.

Gurney created an "Artist" persona to help him while journaling. He has hats and shirts with his name embroidered on them and "Department of Art" he looks like a public worker. He's even made orange cones with "Dept of Art" as well, to keep people from blocking his view while painting along streets. James has also created his own press badges and other tricks to help him get better access to his subjects. See more in his blog.