Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Fine Art of Illustration Show at Joe Stewart Gallery

See works by C.F. Payne, John Maggard, David Michael Beck and Jim Effler opening Friday April 14th at the Joe Stewart Gallery in O'Bryonville. 

We will also be having Illustrators Lunch at O'Bryon's Bar and Grill April 19th to see the show.

Poster from a show these guys did 28 years ago in Eden Park!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Cincinnati Art Club Sketch Group Exhibition

Sketch Group Exhibition
April 7, 2017
Sketch night at the CAC
Marlene SteelePastel on Blue Strathmore Paper
Recent works from the Sketch Group
of the
Cincinnati Art Club

Join us for the Opening
April 7, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Wessel Gallery at The Cincinnati Art Club
1021 Parkside Place, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Join us for gallery hours
Saturday and Sunday
April 8 & 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Rafael Rosado Talk at NKU Monday March 20th

Come see amazing animator and graphic novel illustrator at NKU on Monday, March 20th.

Should be an excellent talk; hope to see you there!

Monday, March 13, 2017

SCBWI Illustrators Meet and Greet

March 14: our Kathryn Powers, SCBWI illustrator coordinator, will touch base with illustrators in the area.

SCBWI is trying to have more useful programming for children's book illustrators. Come and brain storm!

7:00 pm at the Sharonville Library, 10980 Thornview Dr., Cincinnat

Mark Ryden NYT article

Nice article in yesterday's NYT about Mark Ryden...

Backdrops by Mark Ryden being prepared. Credit Lauren Lancaster for The New York Times

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mercantile Library Sketch

I visited the Mercantile Library last week and it is amazing!  For photos and more about my trip to the library visit my blog Nessy Designs.

New Classes Taught by Sarah Rocheleau at Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center

I'm very excited to announce that I'll be teaching three new classes at Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center!

Join Ms. Sarah Our New Teacher & 3 Fun Youth Classes !! "Beginner Origami", "Beginner (All Things) Pop Up" and "My Picture Book Making" More Information, times, days and registration at or call 859.431.0020. Don't be left out, Who's ready to have some FUN ? See you on campus !! Please like & share

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

While reading online posts on Medium about illustration, I came upon a piece by someone about an illustrator's thoughts on the 100 best shots from Disney films.
have a good morning! MLira

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Maurice Mattei Class at Baker-Hunt starting in March

Maurice Mattei is teaching again at Baker-Hunt Art & Cultural Center this coming Spring. The class will be on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 until noon. The first class is on March 28 and the course runs until May 16. 
To register, you can call Teresa or Kelsey at 859-431-0020, M-F from 10:00 until 4:00.

The class will cover perspective, foreshortening, composition, various drawing techniques, anatomy, and aspects of Art History as they relate to the discipline of drawing. If interested, call 859-431-0020. On-line registration begins February 27 at the following:

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hey Everyone,
It's that time again where I reach out to all my fellow artists...especially those that are teaching to ask if anyone knows of any artists or art students who are looking for a great part-time job using their artistic abilities. I am saying a fond farewell to one of our artists, Lisa who has been with us for 5 years. She is graduating from UC DAAP and moving to California to start a new job that she got offered from Co-Oping. I am also losing another artist to UC CO-Oping this Summer.

I'm looking for artists to work at our Beach Water park location this Summer as well as our Tri-County Mall studio year round. This job is all about doing ART all day, every day. This is a very exciting job opportunity especially for Art students both High School and College.

This isn’t just your typical summer job, its an opportunity for artists to expand their artistic skills and get paid at the same time.

Ideally we are looking for artists who have good drawing ability and outgoing personalities. Airbrush experience is a plus but not particularly necessary as we will train. We want to see a portfolio which shows us airbrush experience(if any), drawing ability, a grasp of color, form and perspective.

If you have anybody in mind, please have them contact us at the phone number included to set up a time to meet with us and show a portfolio.

Thanks Everyone.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

Advice needed!

Advice needed!

I'm starting to post my work on my Children's Illustrator's site, and am not sure about keywords.

For the piece below, I can only think of the keywords, alphabet, bugs, insects. If this were your piece, what keywords would you use? I think I can proceed with the rest once I've got the idea. 

Please! If you have a moment, give me some advice. I'd so appreciate it!
Thank you!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Kim Rae Taylor - "Old Modern" Exhibition at Clermont Gallery

My friend, Kim Rae Taylor has an exhibition at the Park National Bank Gallery titled, "Old Modern".
This is an exhibition of portrait paintings documenting avant-garde women during the early 20th Century. Check it out - the details are below:

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Happy New Year!

By Christina Wald from Animal Atlas published by Bloomsbury
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