Thursday, March 27, 2014

Great Art Events on Main Street for Final Friday

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: A Solo Exhibition by Anthony “Tank” Mansfield
Where: Rock Paper Scissors, 1301 Main Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
When: Final Friday March 28th, 7pm-10pm (Artist Talk 7-730pm)
Cost: Free

“I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” is a solo exhibition by visual artist/illustrator Anthony “Tank” Mansfield that will open at Rock Paper Scissors on Final Friday March 28th in OTR. In 2013, Mansfield was trying to juggle working full time, writing his Masters Thesis, planning/getting married, and running the Ghost Empire Collective, all while trying to create original art. To keep up with his art making, Mansfield started to carry pieces of paper with him at all times and would create ink pen drawings in restaurants and bars. “No matter how busy I am I need to have a creative outlet, especially when I am stressed out while working on multiple projects.” What started out as a form of cheap therapy soon blossomed into a series of 100 small drawings.

The 100 drawings will be shown together as one large image/collage. The show will open at 7pm so that patrons can see the image together as one piece and take pictures with it. At 8pm, the individual drawings will be available for purchase for $5 and will be removed from the wall in real time, thus constantly changing the overall image and how it appears on the wall. The goal is to go from 100 drawings to an empty wall in a span of 2 hours. The show will also include original drawings, paintings, and illustrations that Mansfield has created for Valley of the Sun, The Cincinnati Beard Barons, and MadTree Brewing (he did the illustration for their new Sprye cans) over the past 2 years. Prints will also be for sale.

This will likely be Mansfield's last solo show for the foreseeable future in Cincinnati as the artist has started to show his work nationally over the course of the past 2 years. So far in 2014 he has had a solo show in Columbus, Oh, taken part in a group exhibition at Cricket Press in Lexington, Ky, and will be part of 2 group shows in Los Angeles this May.

The after party will be held across the street at the Drinkery where Mansfield’s art collective, Ghost Empire, will be making live art. 

Across the street:

Ghost Empire Collective Presents: Live Art and Print Sale

This Final Friday join us at the Drinkery for our latest live art and print sale. DJ Gerald and Ria the Redliner supply the music while our artists create live pieces of art together onstage. Prints will be available for sale, so take something home from First Friday besides your bar tab receipt.  

I (Christina) will be there with my fellow artists for some live art! 

Call for illustrators

Hey guys- The Red Tree Gallery and Coffee Shop in Oakley is looking for Illustrators for an illustration show they're having in April called "Illumination." There is no entry fee but they take a commission off of sales, as expected.

The deadline and the show are in April, so hustle over to Oakley if you have some art to sell!  Here is more info:

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Exhibit of Robert McCloskey's Work at the Fitton Center in Hamilton

Art from Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
If you are not familiar with Robert McCloskey's work, your should be. He is a multiple Caldecott winning illustrator from Hamilton, Ohio.

He wrote and illustrated Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is currently hosting an exhibit of his works in honor of his 100th birthday. It is on view through April 26.

More info here:


 The galleries are open Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. – noon, closed Sunday except for special events. For more information about this exhibition, call 513-863-8873. The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Ave. on the Riverfront in downtown Hamilton, Ohio.

As you recall, we had a post late in 2013 about the Boston Library making some of McCloskey's sketches available online:

Friday, March 21, 2014

Book of Kells manuscript: now free

The Book of Kells, Ireland's 9th century illuminated Gospel manuscript, is available online for free.

This is a 2013 St. Patrick's Day act of generosity from the Trinity College Library Dublin, but this resource is so stunning, I thought I'd share it now.

Take a look at:

Monday, March 17, 2014

CAN Meeting: How to not get screwed as an artist

Make money, not starvation!

We are having a Cincinnati Animation Network meeting about basic business stuff like how to start a business, why to start a business, what it means to start a business, basic business terms, payment and invoicing, and how to apply business principles to your art. And also what some basic business principles are, because no one bothers to teach us these things in school:)

Please join us!  It really doesn't matter what kind of art you make, it's basically the same.

It will be on March 28th, at 7pm.

at Flaming Medusa Studios
3047 Madison Rd Suite 206A
Cincinnati, Oh 45209

email Darcy at to rsvp! I need to be sure I have enough chairs set up....

Friday, March 14, 2014

Q and A with C.F. Payne today and Sunday about Tim's Vermeer

Q&A's With
Nationally Renown Artist-Illustrator C.F. Payne This Weekend

Documentary directed by magician Teller of Penn & Teller, follows Tim Jenison as he tries to understand and re-create the surprisingly realistic painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer – 150 years before the invention of photography.
Q&A'S with C.F. Payne following the 7:30 pm screening this Friday night and
3:30 pm screening Sunday
Artist-illustrator C.F. Payne's artwork has graced the covers of Time Magazine, Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Book Review and Sunday Magazine,MAD Magazine, der Spiegel, U.S. News and World Report, The Atlantic Monthly and more. He has been commissioned to paint countless politicians, authors and entertainers and has illustrated ten children’s picture books.

His artwork has been exhibited at The Cincinnati Art Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, The Norman Rockwell Museum, The Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration, The Selby Gallery at Ringling College of Art and Design and numerous college and university galleries.

Come hear his take on the film, share your thoughts, and leave with new insight about art and artists.
Tickets available now for all shows. Purchase tickets at the box office, or click below for shows with Q&A's:
Friday, March 14th, 7:30 pm

Zombie Marge-Episode 49

I'm headed out to the Lexington Comics & Toy Show today. I'll be posting some photos from the con to Facebook throughout the weekend. But before I leave, here's a new episode of Zombie Marge, just because I'm so dedicated to the old gal.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I saw this on FB and really liked it.

"You try. You try over and over. You experience. You experiment. You fail. Failure is the most important thing you can do while you are finding yourself as an artist. And through this process you eventually shape yourself into . . . well, you. And no matter what that looks like, be proud of it. Whatever you find yourself to be as an artist, as a creator, be the very best at it. Do your art like nobody’s business..."

This quote is from The Rabbit Room from an article called, "My Secrets Exposed: True Confessions of a Professional Illustrator" by Joe Sutphin. 

My Secrets Exposed: True Confessions of a Professional Illustrator

Friday, March 7, 2014

Four New Exhibits at Manifest Opening March 7th

One of the Recent Portraits by Gaela Erwin
There are 4 new exhibits opening at Manifest this evening

They all look good, but Gaela Erwin's Recent Portraits really caught my eye.

Article in CityBeat:

Event Info:

Opening Reception - Friday, March 7, 6-9 p.m.

Introducing Myself and Big News

Hello fellow illustrators,

My name is Hannah Graff.I am new to this blog, so I wanted to introduce myself and inform everyone on some big news that I have received.

I am a recent Art Academy of Cincinnati graduate, with a Bachelor's degree in illustration. Since graduating, I have been self promoting my work and building a portfolio. I have also been doing many freelance projects and working on selling individual works on my society6 account.

A few months ago I decided to create work to be entered in the SummerFair of Cincinnati poster Contest. A few weeks ago, I  got a call explaining that I had won the contest! I am overjoyed and truly grateful for this opportunity! I have always enjoyed going to Summer Fair and attended the event over the past four years. Its such a great event and showcases so much talent! To have my artwork be the main advertisement to this event is so amazing and its a great way to promote myself. I am truly so excited and happy to be a part of this event!

So that is my big news!!

There will be an event taking place on
April 27th 
 It will take place at the Malton Gallery-
3804 Edwards Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45209
that will be the big "reveal" of my Poster and artwork! I would love for anyone to come to the event, to get to know me and Vise Versa.

To see some of my work, you can visit my website -

I am currently working on an online comic that I wanted to share here as well.
This comic  is a collaboration between myself and my boyfriend. It will be an online series that I will update monthly. Here is the Cover of the Comic called, Red Ved'ma

This image was created using hand drawn elements that I edited and added to in Photoshop

 I am joining my boyfriend in making our own online comic. We have been brain storming and working together to create “Red Ved’ma.” We will be posting issues of our new comic on this site!

“Red Ved’ma” is the tale of Iris Veteniye, a 24 year old witch recently awoken from her self-imposed 100 year slumber. Using her day job as a funeral home assistant, Iris watches over the dead for evidence of the occult, fearful that her return may have drawn the attention of the remnants of her former coven. It’s not long before her fears are confirmed, as shadowy creatures and barbaric rituals infiltrate the city and lower the barrier that exists between her world and the horrible realms beyond.
Scott Hale is the magnificent writer, and Hannah Graff is the artist and illustrator for this new online comic, “Red Ved’ma.”
Spread the news and keep an eye out for new issues in the weeks to come!!!

So happy to be a part of this great blog!

Thanks everyone,

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sketch Trip to Newport Aquarium

Octopus by Vanessa Sorensen
I went with Amy Bogard, Vanessa Sorensen and Monica Lira for an afternoon of sketching at Newport Aquarium.

Check out the rest their AMAZING sketches and photos here and here. Mine are here.

If you ever want to join us on a sketch outing, drop me a line. It is getting warmer so we will be able to sketch outside soon.

Amazing fish by Amy Bogard
Beware the wobbegong! by Christina Wald

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Wind Rises viewing tomorrow

The time has come! Tomorrow (Tuesday March 4) we are going to see The Wind Rises by Miyazaki at the Esquire Theatre, 7:15pm show. It's $6 Tuesday so the price couldn't be better! Email me at if you're coming so we can save you a seat! Should be a pretty nice crowd of artsy folks.