Saturday, June 21, 2014


This is an illustration I did for a radio play called "Habitat," which will be premiering on Earbud Theater.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Meet the Artist! - June 20th + 27th

Hey everyone! I'll be at 131 Elder Street at Findlay Market this Friday and next Friday, June 20th and June 27th from 5-8pm to show my 45 pieces of art which include, illustration, paintings, found object art and some of my metal work.
Come on down! Findlay after Five has LIVE MUSIC, FOOD AND ADULT BEVERAGES!

Thanks - Ursula

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Urban Sketching Seminar in Chicago

The group of sketcher from Chicago and all over! © Andrew Banks 2014
Vanessa Sorensen, Nora Young, Carla Franke, Carol Schwartz and I all met in Chicago for the sketch group's inaugural Urban Sketching Seminar.  (Here is their write up on their blog about the event.)

We were not the only travelers. There were other attendees from further away including Ontario!

Many who read this blog will remember that Carol moved away from Cincinnati to Milwaulkee a while ago and we all miss her at our weekly lunches!

It was a great weekend to get out in draw and photograph (check out Vanessa's awesome photography from the trip.)

Here are some of my, Carol and Vanessa's sketches:

Sketch fromDonald Colley’s workshop, Creating a Rich Drawing © Vanessa Sorensen 2014

 This was done in the How to Sketch like an Architect workshop presented by Joel Berman, of Joel Berman Architecture & Design .
© Carol Schwartz 2014

Sketch done on the day before the seminar. © Christina Wald 2014
Christina Wald and Nora Young at Wes Douglas's sketching on the iPad workshop - © Andrew Banks 2014
Vanessa Sorensen at the How to Sketch like at Architect seminar - © Andrew Banks 2014
© Carol Schwartz 2014
© Vanessa Sorensen 2014
© Christina Wald 2014
Saturday morning, we went on a little church architectural sketch tour. This is Vanessa and my sketches from the Holy Name Cathedral. Roger Ebert's funeral was here (not while we were drawing).

Christina and Carol sketching. It was VERY cold Sunday... - © Andrew Banks 2014

There will be more sketches to post and as I get them and links, I will post them.

Some more of my sketches are here:

More of Vanessa's Sketches here:

See more of Andrew Banks' art and illustration here:

Friday, June 13, 2014

Newport Sketching June 18th

Moving a bit east on the river... Sketch by Christina Wald

Before or after lunch Wednesday, some of are going to sketch at the Levee outside or at the aquarium depending on the weather.

Stay tuned for details...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Newport Experiment

We are going to try lunch at a restaurant in Newport next week (June 11th).

We have pick a restaurant so sound off by Friday. We will only keep the location in rotation if we get a good turnout.


Update: Well, the names I am getting the most are Claddagh's on the Levee (way ahead), Packhouse and York Street.

Last chance to check in!

The winner is: Packhouse Meats

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Beer Baron Ball Call to Artists

Jim Effler is one of the organizers of the Beer Baron Ball Art Auction. He would like to invite local illustrators to participate. Info is here:

Craig Cleveland's Digital Design Summer Camp

 A Summer Camp for 6th-9th graders, boys & girls
Dates: Mon June 30, Tues July 1, Wed July 2, Thurs July 3
Time: 1-3:30pm
*The morning session SOLD OUT very quickly. So we are now in the 2nd time slot of 1-330pm. Seating is limited, so hurry to get your 6th -9th grader in this unique design camp!
Cost: $90 for the four sessions
Email with questions:
Taught by: Mr. Craig Cleveland
Programs covered: Photoshop, Illustrator, AutoCAD, Flash, Google Sketchup, Apps & more!
Website to register:

Friday, June 6, 2014

Quickdraw session tomorrow

This is Glen Keane's life drawing. Search his drawings to cry.

Just a quick reminder that the Manifest Drawing Studio's Quickdraw session is tomorrow Saturday 6/7/14 from 11am-2pm. 

Come and draw if you need to capture motion, have accurate anatomy, and to be able to capture life in your drawings! I'm pretty sure since we're all artists that this is needed by everyone. 

Also, College and High School students get a discount!

You can register online or do so when you arrive- I am already signed up and so are some others so let's show them that we want this and that they need to do this again in the future! Support by attending!

Here is the Manifest site for more info/registering.

The drawing studio is at 4905 whetsel avenue, floor 2, madisonville, ohio.

See you there!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

'Back From the Brink' Masterworks for Nature Show

June 9 - August 15, 2014

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the last known passenger pigeon, Martha (shown at right), who died at the Cincinnati Zoo, despite attempts to find her a mate and save the species, which once numbered in the millions.
Over the course of human history, we have, unfortunately, caused the end of numerous species.
This exhibition features species that have made a comeback, showing those moments when our species has recognized our own folly and done something to make a difference. It is a quest that we still pursue.

Featuring the artistic talents of:

Masterworks for Nature
John Agnew
Linda Howard Bittner
DeVere Burt
Nancy Foureman
Ann Geise
Charley Harper
Mary Louise Holt
Debbie Lentz
John A. Ruthven
Chris Walden


Monday, June 2, 2014

Reditorial Cartoon for June 2, 2014

 Here's the cartoon's page:

Please share the link on your social media. Thanks!