Saturday, July 30, 2016

Animation Directors Round Table

Hi Illustrators ! The Cincinnati Animation Network is starting an Animation Director's Round Table meeting in Cincinnati that will recur regularly.

The people who will want to attend this group are people who are making their own independent animated films who are in the Cincinnati area.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide accountability, get critiques from other filmmakers if you want them, show your work, and get assistance with any technical- or any other- issues you're having with your production from others that are going through the same thing. 

For example if you're getting an error in some program, someone may be able to help. if you're having trouble with motivation, we can help with that too. It's really a support group for indie animators. And hopefully we can learn from each other as well.

I have a couple of people who are interested already, myself included. Is anyone else working on their own indie project that would like to attend? 

Email me, Darcy, at if you want to be included in the email notifications about the group.

Location to be decided with input from the attendees!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sarah Rocheleau at Art on Vine

Come visit me on fountain square.
Sunday August 7th I will be at Art On Vine at Fountain Square, Down town Cincinnati 
I'll be there from 12pm-6pm 

Sarah Rocheleau's Interview to Air on CET Arts Bridge
My much inticipated interview is set to air on CET Arts Bridge Saturday, July 30th at 6pm on CET and July 31st Sunday, at 8pm on CET Arts.

Sarah Rocheleau's Art is Winging It's Way the Hive Gallery

 My water color Hart will be at the Hive Art gallery, August 6th, 8-11PM 
Show it is in runs: Aug.6th- 27th.
Hive Art Gallery 
729 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Illustrators Art Show

Check out the Illustrators Art Show at The Flats Gallery on July 30th. Jeffrey Ebbeler and I will be signing books 5-7 and C. F. Payne and Jerry Dowling will be signing 7-9!

Check out the interview Channel 12 did with Jeffrey Ebbeler about the opening!

3028 Price Ave. in the Incline District.

Here are the details:

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

You're Joking!

This project has been a long time in the making so I am very excited to announce the publication of You're Joking: Animal Jokes for Children.  The idea for this book began because my sister-in-law, May Farnsworth, and her 5-year-old daughter love to tell each other jokes.  They began playing a game where her daughter would tell her the name of an animal and May would come up with a joke.  When they went to the bookstore to look for books with jokes they could only find books full of text with no illustrations.  That is when May contacted me with the idea to make our own illustrated joke book.

I began work on the book about five years ago.  The illustration process probably took me a little over one year, fitting it in between my freelance work.  To me, the most interesting part of making these illustrations was seeing how my simple sketches could be worked into full color finished work.  Here are a few examples.

Skunk Sketches

Skunk outlined in Illustrator

Skunk shading in Photoshop

As you can see I start with a very simple sketch which I scan and bring into Illustrator.  Once in Illustrator I trace my sketch to outline all of the forms.  Then each leg, arm, head, nose, ear, etc. is brought into Photoshop in a different layer where I do the shading to complete the final illustration.  It is a tedious process but I love the soft, subtle shading you can do in Photoshop.

Pig Sketch

Pig sketch outlined in Illustrator

Shaded version done in Photoshop

The final book includes 30 pages of illustrated jokes and a "Did You Know" section with fun facts about each animal in the book. You're Joking features everything from hungry jellyfish to fancy flies to playful armadillos.  This book is perfect for the young reader interested in telling jokes and learning puns, and/or the budding biologist (not to mention those who just love beautifully illustrated books).  

The book is now available at or Black Rose Publications.  I would greatly appreciate any help in spreading the word about our new book.  Also, if you feel so inclined, please leave a review on Amazon.

If I have any words of wisdom out there for someone who wants to write, publish, or illustrate their own children's book, it is to "BE TENACIOUS".  Keep working at it, keep sending it out, and above all...make it happen in some way, shape or form. (Oh, and also try and have "pun" while your at it!)

If you would like to see more of my work visit my blog Nessy Designs or my website

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Chaz Chew Gallery Show Opening July 7th

The 86 is proud to feature:

Chaz Chew

Thursday July 7th will be Chaz's art opening from 6pm till 8pm. His art will remain hanging at The 86 for the month of July.

Check out some of his work here:

Coffee bar will be open serving assorted, hand-crafted drinks!

Saturday, July 2, 2016


Jerry Dowling's amazing collection of caricatures and portraits he has done over the years of county and Grand Ole Opry stars is out! This should be a textbook on how to capture likenesses for caricature. Jerry is a master.

Not only is it going to be available at several halls of fame, you can also order it here:

And check out the foreward; this is a must have!

Foreward by Bill Anderson!