Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Apprentice/Intern/Artist positions

Hey everyone....it's that time of year again for us(besides Halloween...lol)...We lost one of our long time artists over the summer after she graduated from DAAP and moved to LA with a brand spanking new Job and we are losing availability of one of our Art Academy students to Co-op..... So....

Anything Airbrushed plus is looking for Apprentice/Artists to work at our Tri-County Mall studio location This job is all about doing ART all day, everyday(don’t just think t-shirts) This is a good job opportunity for art students or part-time artists looking for extra work. It is very flexible, which works well for High School or College students and is an opportunity for artists to learn a new medium as well as actually make money using their talents.

If anyone knows any art students or part-time artists that you think might be interested please let them know.

Thanks so much....keep on creating!

Monday, October 9, 2017

C.F. Payne Documentary

Teaser Trailer for "C.F. Payne: An American Illustrator" from Tony Moorman on Vimeo.

Filmmaker Tony Moorman did an amazing documentary about the work and career of C. F. Payne.

It will be available to stream October 13 for $4.99

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/cfpayneamericanillustrator/

Artists on Payne from Tony Moorman on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Kickstarter: The Witch's Mess by Jason Bessler

Check out Jason Bessler's Kickstarter for his book The Witch's Mess.

Jason says: "The Witch's Mess is a full color fantasy picture book that is written in rhyme and appeals to children ages three and up! I'm here to ask for your support so that I can get this exciting book out into the world. The book is ready to go! Now I need the resources necessary to send it to print!"

Click here for details: http://kck.st/2k2DNo9

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

In:Sight Exhibition at NKU and Book Signing at Blue Manatee with Christina Wald

I will have work showing my illustration process in this amazing show at NKU. The opening reception is on September 28th. I hope to see you there!


 I will have a book signing at Blue Manatee on September 30th to celebrate my new book Cao Chong Weighs and Elephant written by Songju Ma Daemicke from Arbordale Publishing.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

David Micheal Beck Show at Malton Gallery

Join the Malton Gallery for the opening of "ROOTED" featuring illustrator David Michael Beck and Sculptor Mark Chatterly

August 24th, 5-7pm

I am not seeing a Facebook event yet but if there is one, I will add it later.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Special Illustrators Lunch This Week

This week's Illustrators Lunch is a Dilly Bistro in Mariemont and then we will check out the amazing Oil Painters of America show after.

Hope to see you there.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Urban Sketchers Cincinnati

Although a group of us has sketched around Cincinnati for years, we are finally making it official and starting an Urban Sketcher group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/356776268058161/

Come join us! We sketch next at the Samurai Exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum. https://www.facebook.com/events/1335225446525465/ 

Their manifesto is beautiful:

  1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
  2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
  3. Our drawings are a record of time and place.
  4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
  5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
  6. We support each other and draw together.
  7. We share our drawings online.
  8. We show the world, one drawing at a time.
    Sketching at the Art Museum in 2014

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Come out this Friday from 6-8 to see the Creative Juice Group Exhibition opening at the Park National Bank Art Gallery at UC Clermont. The show features the work of 21 Cincinnati artists and will include both 2D and 3D pieces in a wide range of media including acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, fabric, photography, henna, linocut and woodcut.

The show runs May 1st to June 28th. The gallery is located in the Snyder Building, Room 140 at UC Clermont College. For driving directions and a campus map visit the gallery website - http://www.ucclermont.edu/community/arts/park_gallery/about.html.

There are some amazing illustrations in the show!  For a sneak peek visit my blog here.

Hope to see you Friday! 

Monday, May 1, 2017

May the Fourth Episode II

We are doing it again! It is time for our second May the Fourth Star Wars Tribute show! Once again we will be at the Brew House on McMillan. We also have Improv this year and live art... Stop by after 5!


There is an AMAZING line up of artists including Kevin Necessary, Amy Bogard, Tim Fuller, Vanessa Sorensen, Jonathan Queen, Jim Effler, David Michael Beck, Ben Hutchison, Jaimie Filer, Anthony 'Tank' Mansfield, Mike Maydak, Dylan Spleeg, and many more.

Jonathan Queen

Art by Josh Lusby

Art by Vanessa Sorensen
Art by David Michael Beck.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

48th Hamilton Current

The 48th Hamilton Current Exhibition with have an opening reception on Saturday, April29, 2017 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
David Hartz has two artworks in it as well as 61 other regional artists.
The show card is below.

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 http://bakerhunt.org/category/all-summer-kids-courses/ 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
I confess this blog gets less posted to because of our group on Facebook. I will mostly post events and media links here.

Remember if you want our daily conversation to join or Facebook group Cincinnati Illustrators and Lunchers.