Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Wind Rises Animated Film- March 4th

We are getting a group together with the Cincinnati Animation Network to see The Wind Rises by Miyazaki on Tuesday March 4th at 7:15pm at the Esquire Theater. Tuesday is bargain day so the tickets are $6.00 each!  We would love it if you could come too.

In case you don't know, The Wind Rises is Miyazaki's latest (maybe last?) film, and it is also his most controversial film because: 

"Although 'The Wind Rises' has a strong pacifist message, it is essentially a biopic of Jiro Horikoshi, an aeronautical engineer whose contribution to the world was a killing machine. His designs led to the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter, which was used to devastating effect during World War II." (...says this article from the NY Times)

If you can't make it that day but want to go with someone, email me at cincycan@gmail.com and I can try to build additional groups to go on different days/times. We can send the Esquire the message that we want more films like this in Cincinnati! It is playing Friday the 28th through Thursday March 6th, let me know what other day works for you if you can't do Tuesday.

Don't miss the Cincinnati Library's Comic Con event beginning March 1! There are many great things unfolding in this series, including a drawing contest for young artists under the age of 18.  If you know any budding young artists, encourage them to get involved and get their art out into the world! This looks to be weeks of wonderful comic fun!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Illustrator News: “The Emerald Tablet”: Solo Art Show by Ken Henson

“The Emerald Tablet”: Solo Art Show by Ken Henson
Exhibition Dates: February 24-May 17, 2014

Cincinnati, OH – January 27, 2014: The Lloyd Library is pleased to announce its upcoming new exhibition, “The Emerald Tablet,” a solo art show by Ken Henson, the first Curtis G. Lloyd Art Fellow (at right).  The show features several new works by Henson, an Art Academy of Cincinnati professor, on the theme of alchemy and astral projection.  Henson’s body of work is driven by his interests in magic and mysticism, of which alchemy is a part.

One of the hallmarks of the Lloyd collection is its great diversity of topics all centered on science.  Ken Henson, a 2013-14 Curtis G. Lloyd Fellow, spent the summer researching alchemy texts in the Lloyd collection, of which there are many.   Henson, already driven by his interests in magic and mysticism, was fascinated by these texts and has created several new artworks based on his experiences with these rare volumes.

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to see these fantastic new artworks, meet the artist, and hear about how his research experiences fueled the creation of these unique, new pieces. 

Mortificatio,” Ken Henson, 30x40”, acrylic on canvas
Plus!  This is the public debut of Henson's new alchemical treatise, "Alchemy and Astral Projection: Ecstatic Trance in the Hermetic Tradition,” also the result of Henson's research at the Lloyd.  The Treatise will be on display throughout the show.   

To learn more about Ken, visit his website: http://www.artistkenhenson.com/

The show promises to be otherworldly!  If you can’t get away this winter, this might be the perfect staycation!

About the Lloyd: The Lloyd Library and Museum, a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit organization, is a local and regional cultural treasure, which began in the 19th century as a research library for Lloyd Brothers Pharmacists, Inc., one of the leading pharmaceutical companies of the period.  Our mission is to collect and maintain a library of botanical, medical, pharmaceutical, and scientific books and periodicals, and works of allied sciences that serve the scientific research community, as well as constituents of the general public, through library services and programming that bring science, art, and history to life.  For more information, visit the Lloyd website at www.lloydlibrary.org.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

STORYTELLING The Fine Art of Illustration

Since my first post, the show has added illustrators C.F. Payne, Andrew Neyer and Jeffery Ebbeler.

It is going to be a great show! Hope to see you there!

When I dropped off my art today, I ran into Tara Calahan King and Loren Long.

Loren, Tara, Christina (taken by Leah Busch)
The space before... Loren filling out studio paperwork

Monday, February 17, 2014

Drink and Draw at Rock Paper Scissors Thursday February 20th

 DRINK AND DRAW Rock Paper Scissors + Ghost Empire Collective

7:30 until 11pm


Hello all,

Well it's that time again....we are hiring! I am losing another artist to the college CO-OP program which of course is great for her but it leaves an opening for us.

So here is the info that we generally send out to High School and College Art instructors. If any of you know some talented High School Junior/Seniors or College Freshman/Sophomores students or even talented people in general looking for part-time work using their artistic skills please pass on this info.

Dear Art Instructor,

Attached you will find some exciting information for your students. Currently Anything Airbrushed plus is looking for artists to work  at our Tri-County Mall studio location.....this job is all about doing ART all day everyday. It is very flexile, which works well for High School and College schedules and is an opportunity for them to learn a new medium as well as actually make money using their talents. Ideally we are looking for your best Junior/Senior art students(High School) or Freshman/ Sophomore(College) who have good drawing ability and outgoing personalities. Airbrush experience and or previous retail experience is a plus but not particularly necessary.

Artist Position; Duties will include: Custom painting of apparel and miscellaneous items with standard airbrush designs, as well as custom artwork requested by the customer. We want to see a portfolio which shows us airbrush experience(if any), drawing ability, a grasp of color, form and perspective. Contact us at the phone number included to set up a time to meet with us.

We would appreciate it if you could post this flyer for your students or forward the information to those students whom you feel would be interested. We look forward to working with your talented students.


Celebrating 23 years of Business in Cincinnati!!
Michael Dougherty
Anything Airbrushed plus LLC
"inside Tri-County Mall"
11700 Princeton Pike
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

Friday, February 14, 2014

Zombie Marge-Episode 47

Because it’s Valentine's Day and because Zombie Marge has such a big heart, (several, in fact. She’s chewing on one now.) there’s a new episode up at:

What says Valentine's Day more than zombies? Feel free to share with friends and neighbors.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Art Show Valentine's Day evening!

Need a great gift or date night idea for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Curator Brian Harmon returns to Covington Arts this February with the hugely successful 50/50 Art Show and Sale! 

The premise is simple: an exhibition featuring 50 artists with work for exactly $50 per piece. Stop by friday evening for the sale and reception, 6-9 pm.  Artist Amy Bogard is one of the artists in this show! 

Classes: Marlene Steele Teaching Figure Drawing Class at the Art Academy

Marlene Explains the Figure

Marlene Steele has a figure drawing class at the Art Academy starting on Sat. 2/15 thru 4/19
She needs a few more students. This is a multi media class: dry or liquid mediums are the student choice.  Charcoal, graphite, watercolor, pastel and ink are all possibilities. $200.

Listed in the Art Academy Community Ed program as: 
Drawing the Figure (Saturdays) with Cran Campbell (Now Marlene Steele)
Sat. 2/14 thru 4/19  10:00am -12:30 pm.
Contact: 513-562-8748    commed@artacademy.edu

Mrs. Campbell is recovering from surgery and Marlene will be covering this segment last minute.

Check it out!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

World Fire Sculpture Championship, Riga Latvia 2014

Howdy folks,
I am still editing all the video that I captured from my participation in the World Fire Sculpture Championship. I am learning Premiere Pro as I am putting it all together. Nevertheless, I am processing small snippets of the video for public consumption and as teasers for the final film. I have footage from the first meeting, the building of the sculptures, footage of all the sculptures being lit and the final award ceremony that I captured from the stage where the winners were announced.
 Stay tuned and bear with me as I process this footage.

So for now I have included a link to the first prize winning sculpture created by the Russian team.
More later...


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Tim's Vermeer Opens in Cincinnati March 14th

This is interesting. It is a documentary about how some theorize how Vermeer made his paintings. It opens at the Esquire on March 14th.

I find it interesting that so many agonize over how he made his paintings. Even if he used any camera obscura type of aid, it should not diminish the perception of the high quality of his work in any way.

Anyone who shoots photo reference for their illustrations knows that it is a long, difficult road between that and a successful painting.

This article about the movie is also interesting.:


I like that he compares the movie to a lone episode of Mythbusters.

Friday, February 7, 2014

New Zombie Marge!

Marge mixes it up with the Plan 9 aliens. Will she get the better of them? Only time will tell.



 The Irresistible Force Meets the Immovable Object: A Richard Thompson Retrospective
March 22 – August 3, 2014

 From the site:

"The exhibition, curated by BICLM curator Jenny E. Robb, explores Watterson’s mastery of the comic strip art form through engaging characters, thoughtful writing, and creative layouts.  It will also include original art by cartoonists who influenced Watterson, chosen by the artist from the BICLM’s collection, such as Charles Schulz, George Herriman, Jim Borgman, Berkeley Breathed, Garry Trudeau, and Ralph Steadman."

Contact: Caitlin McGurk
The Ohio State University
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
1813 N. High Street
Columbus OH 43210-1343


Who wants to go?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Alphabet Series

I've started an alphabet series that I've wanted to do for a long time. Surprisingly enough, I began with the letter "A". Up next, Bunnipipes.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Susan K Black Foundation Painting/Art Workshop

 Linda Bittner went to this workshop in 2013 and raves about it. Not only is it near Yellowstone, Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons, but James Gurney is an instructor this year (2014!!

It is 5 days and only $775. It looks like an amazing lineup of instructors:


More Info:


Cap'n Catnip news

Great news for everyone who enjoys reading their comics digitally. (And, face it, who doesn’t?) ComiXology, the leading provider of downloadable comics is offering Cap’n Catnip #1 for the low, low price of 99 cents. ComiXology is a free app for your favorite device that gives you access to over 40,000 titles, new and old, in one convienent, easy to search location. The New York Times calls it “the iTunes of comics.”

Here’s a little background on Cap’n Catnip, he was created in 1981, written by John Leasure and drawn by me for Charlton Comics’ Bullseye #2. More stories followed, but Charlton stopped publishing before the other stories could run. Now all the work has been collected in a newly colored collection that also includes some new pin-ups and other material. It’s fun for all ages.

Just follow this link: http://cmxl.gy/1byWyQj

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014

Illustrator News: Jerry Dowling's Hollywood Book is Here!

Jerry Dowling's Hollywood book is here!
Jerry Dowling's amazing Hollywood book is finally available! Each copy is $24.95 plus tax and he will have them available for sale at lunch.

We will have a link to order online soon.

This is a must have for ones library. It could be a textbook on caricature and portraiture.

Old Spice Wild Collection Illustrations

Old Spice recently launched their new line of scents called the Wild Collection, featuring illustrations of different animals to represent their new scents. They launched with another artist's work with wolves, foxes and hawks, but hired me to extend the line. We eventually redid the original animals as well and I've just started to see some of my work hitting the shelf. I'm sure there is lots of stock to get through featuring the previous artist's work, but it's exciting to see some of mine rolling out.

You can read and see more on my blog post