Monday, December 3, 2018

Illustrators Lunch Annual Christmas Party

The Illustrators Lunch Christmas party is this Saturday, December 8th at Brew House. Hope to see you there!

It is always a casual atmosphere where we eat, dink and share our work.

RSVP Here:

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Open Source 1.2 Exhibition at The Carnegie

David Hartz will be showing a series of 15 Cloudscapes this Friday, November 30, 2018 at The Carnegie gallery as part of the exhibition, "Open Source 1.2" This exhibition is a continuation of rotating installations and objects selected by a fluid team of curators, artists, collectors, writers, critics and community organizers from across the region.

One example of David Hartz's Cloudscape below:

Friday, November 23, 2018

Daryll Collins' 2018 Christmas Coloring Book

Daryll Collins' 2018 Christmas Coloring Book is now on sale! The theme, "If You Won't Kiss Me, COLOR ME!" Thirty two pages of Mistletoe Misfits for you to apply your artistic talents to! Order here Don't forget to type your personal sketch request for guy or gal under mistletoe. All for $8 plus shipping. What a deal! Limited numbers of last year's book are also available, $6 plus postage. Elf or reindeer sketch included.

Friday, November 16, 2018

John Kuyath

 John Kuyath was an excellent illustrator and attended lunches for many years.

Sadly, he passed away Sunday after a long battle with ALS.

Services will be held at Ascension and Holy Trinity, Saturday November 17 at 10:30

Gilligan Funeral Home handling arrangements. Donations can be made at

I hope to eventually add some of his amazing work to this post but unfortunately, his website is no longer active and I could not find anything. I will update when I can.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Joe Slucher Talk at The Art Academy

by Joe Slucher
Joe Slucher graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2005 and began freelancing for the gaming industry afterwards. Joe is best known for his digital paintings of fantasy and surreal subjects. He loves to paint the drama involved in gaming art and enjoys the beautifully melancholy in his personal work. These days most of his art is created digitally using Paintstorm Studio and Adobe Photoshop. He has created artwork for roleplaying games, video games, card games, comics, books, and has art directed for companies. His most well known clients are Wizards of the Coast, and Valve Software.

Please RSVP. The talk is at the Art Academy Lecture Hall October 30th at 12:30.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Greenacres Artists Guild Opening October 26th

Join us for opening night of the sixth annual Greenacres Artists Guild Art Show: Art in the Making. This cocktail party is an opportunity to be the first to view and purchase the beautiful art created by some of Cincinnati's best artists and a chance to interact with the guild members in the gorgeous ambiance of the Greenacres Arts Center. 

Cincinnati artists include C. F. Payne, Linda Crank, Will Hillenbrand, Chuck Marshall, Loren Long, Carin Hebenstreit, Richard Luschek, Anne Geise, Jeff Morrow, Bruce Petrie and more.

Greenacres Artist Guild, 8255 Spooky Hollow Road in Indian Hill. 6-9pm

The event is free and open to the public. Hors d'oeuvres will be served throughout the evening and there will be a cash bar available. We ask that you kindly RSVP to assist us in our event preparation.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Books By the Banks 2018

Lots of great illustrators at Books By the Banks Saturday October 20th!

Check out Kevin Necessary, Will Hillenbrand, Jeffrey Ebbeler, Steve Harpster, Loren Long, Richard Cowdrey, Joe Sutphin, Rafael Rosado, Dylan Speeg, and Carol Tyler at the show this year!

10am to 4pm at the Duke Energy Convention Center

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


David Hartz will have a solo exhibition of 20 colored pencil drawings titled, "Pareidolia: Rockface Series" at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. The exhibition will be up until December 2018

Please check out the work if you are in the area.

Additionally, David Hartz has 15 graphite drawings titled, "Pareidolia: Cloudscape Series" in an exhibition titled, Open Source 1.1" at The Carnegie Gallery in Covington, Kentucky. This exhibition will be up until January 2019.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Urban Sketching Class at Art Academy with Mark Willenbrink

Race Street by Mark Willenbrink
Art Academy of Cincinnati- Introduction to Urban Sketching

A few seats are still available! Beginning this coming Saturday, September 22, I will be teaching the Introduction to Urban Sketching Class at the AAC. As we sketch at various locations throughout the next six weeks, we will be learning drawing principles and techniques including shading and perspective. Hope to see you there! ~Mark

Class meets for 6 Saturdays
September 22nd-October 27th
9:30am-12:00 noon

Please visit for more information and sign up

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Cincinnati Comic Expo

This year's poster art by David Michael Beck, God of Art
The Cincinnati Comic Expo is September 14th - 16th. Many local illustrators will be there. Stop by and say hi!

David Michael Beck: 432
Tim Fuller: B24
Joe Slucher: C14-C15
William Grapes: B1
Emily 'Danger' Thompson: C9
Barry Munden: Star Wars Zone Managing the Trench Run
Dylan Speeg and Jay Kalagayan: 519
The Art Academy of Cincinnati: 136

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

OPEN SOURCE 1.1 Exhibition at The Carnegie

Open Source is a new paradigm for a gallery exhibition that invites guest curators to engage with artists to present objects and installations in a continuously evolving gallery environment.
David Hartz will be exhibiting 15 drawings from his Pareidolia: Cloudscape series among many other participating artists. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The heART of South Africa!

Message from Kelly Lyles - artist in Seattle. Friend of David Hartz
 Join me on a trip to South Africa. We are arriving at the same time as the CAPETOWN ART FAIR, visiting artists studios, curators and museums, even private collections in the majesty of  Capetown, Johannesburg & the Winelands . Like all WTE-USA (World Trade Exchange) adventures it’s 100% inclusive (except airfare, & an optional 4 day safari). Feb 10th-23rd, 2019 (but register by September);  art-focused, but all are welcome . For more info click on:

Friday, August 3, 2018

Craig Boldman at Middletown Arts Center

Craig Boldman has a show at Middletown Arts Center

130 W. Verity Parkway Middletown, OH 45042
Opening is Friday, August 3rd 6:00-8:00PM

It is folded into another event, the Betty Hughes Memorial Exhibition which will be in the main gallery while Craig be in the front gallery.
The event is here:

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Domination Illustration at Clermont College

Artists: David Michael Beck, Linda Bittner, Sarah Rocheleau, Tim Fuller and Christina Wald

The show, which was curated by local professional children’s book illustrator Christina Wald, will feature Wald’s work alongside that of accomplished illustrators David Michael Beck, who is acclaimed worldwide for his contributions to the “Star Wars” mythos; wildlife illustrator Linda Howard Bittner; comic illustrator Tim Fuller, who won a Larry award for Best Comic 2015 at the W. Va. comic convention Tricon; and Sarah Rocheleau, who received the Award for Excellence in the Visual from the Independent College and Universities of Ohio in 2009.

“Illustration is a wondrous profession where any given day you might illustrate spaceships, animals, maps or super heroes,” said Wald, who has illustrated more than 50 children’s books. “Illustrators make worlds and stories come to life.”

The Park National Bank Art Gallery is located in the Snyder Building on the UC Clermont College campus in Batavia at 4200 Clermont College Drive. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and Fridays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more than 20 years, the spacious 1,000-square-foot gallery has offered visual art exhibits open to UC Clermont students, faculty, staff and the general public.

New Cincinnati Illustrators Blog image

Thanks Chuck Rekow and John Maggard for the amazing new CI Blog banner!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Carol Tyler Book Launch at Shake It Records

Join acclaimed cartoonist Carol Tyler for a book launch and signing of her new graphic memoir, Fab4 Mania! The evening will feature a reading, signing, and some Beatles tribute performances!

Told in the voice of its 13-year-old author, Fab4 Mania is an illustrated facsimile of the diary that Carol Tyler kept throughout 1965. It recreates the exhilaration and excitement of Beatlemania at its height, culminating in her trip to Chicago on August 20th to see the Beatles in concert.

The Chicago Tribune is calling Fab4 Mania "a remarkable act of cultural reporting" and "among this year’s best books."

The event is at 7pm, June 29th.

More info:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Urban Sketching Class with Jeb Brack and Robin Ewers Carnes

Article about the new Cincinnati Chapter in the International Urban Sketchers newsletter
We recently started an Urban Sketchers group in Cincinnati. It is a great way to get out and enjoy the architecture and landscape of the city.

Since some people that join us are interested in more instruction, we are excited that we have classes and workshops lined up.

Robin Ewers Carnes and Jeb Brack are teaching a Saturday class this summer at the Art Academy.

Sign up here:

Introduction to Urban Sketching June 23rd - July 28th 
Urban Sketching is an art movement that has swept the world in the last 10 years. Urban Sketchers gather together to sketch what they see in their city or in places they visit, posting the results online for all to see, and now you can join them! This class will help beginning sketchers learn about materials and techniques as we visit locations around Cincinnati to draw what we find. We'll cover topics like color and value, perspective, composition, and sketching people.

Cincinnati City Hall by Robin Ewers Carnes
 We also have workshops planned at Plaza soon so stay tuned!

Join our Facebook group for the latest news!

We are also on Twitter and Instagram.

Sketchers on Woodburn in Walnut Hills
Urban Sketchers booth at the Wyoming Art Show
Our next outing is in OTR, Saturday June 16th. 


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Chro-Ma Gallery show opeing June 7th

Check out the work of Kim Rae Taylor, Michael Coppage, Aaron Delamarte and Michael Stillionat 1628 Ltd. opening June 7th at 6pm.

Monday, April 30, 2018

May the Fourth Episode III

This has become a Cincinnati illustrator premiere event! Art from CF Payne, David Michael Beck, Jim Effler, Carl Samson, Richard Luchek, Kevin Necessary, Christina Wald, Amy Bogard, Sarah Rocheleau, Anthony "Tank" Mansfield, Sara Leah Miller, Jaimie Filer, Tim Fuller, Michael Colbert, Chris Reiff and many more!

Hope to see you there!

Yoda vs. Darth Vader by David Michael Beck
Corellian Cockpit by Sarah Leah Miller

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

For those that might be interested or especially those that teach and want to share with their students.
It's Back!...Our one day airbrush workshop has returned to our Tri-County Mall studio. If you have ever wanted to try this unique form of art, this is your chance. Call us (513-671-0758) or email us ( today to reserve your spot in our Saturday June 16th workshop.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

C.F. Payne Documentary at AAC April 17th

We are screening the Bio Art Doc C.F. Payne: An American Illustrator Tues @ 12:30pm @ the AAC. This screening is FREE and is open to the public. The movie is 1hr long.

The film will screen in the the Lecture Hall on the second floor.

C.F. Payne and the filmmakers will attend and be available for a short Q&A after the movie ends.

Hope to see you all there. RSVP here:

Monday, March 26, 2018

Screening of CF Payne: An American Illustrator at NKU March 27th

We're excited to be screening our art documentary C.F. Payne: An American Illustrator!!!

The screening is FREE. Please invite your friends and fellow students. Anyone with a art, film, or design background will find the documentary interesting.

The film will screen in the University Center building.
The Otto M. Budig Theater Room 270

The film is 60mins long and C.F. Payne, Woodrow J Hinton III, and Tony Moorman will be attending the event and speaking for a short Q&A after the film.

A big thank you to NKU and Christina Wald, for setting this up and giving us a opportunity to share the film.

Looking forward to the SHOW!! 🎨 👍🎬🎥

For more info about C.F. Payne please visit

RSVP here:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Ohioana Book Festival Poster

I am so excited I got to work on the Ohioana Book Festival this year!

From the website: "The Ohioana Library Association was founded in 1929 by Ohio First Lady Martha Kinney Cooper to collect, preserve, and promote the works of Ohio authors, artists, and musicians. By the early 1930s the Library had outgrown its space in the Governor’s Mansion and moved into the new State Office Building at 65 S. Front Street, where it remained until 2001. Ohioana and the State Library of Ohio then moved to the renovated Jeffrey Mining Corporate Center near downtown Columbus. Today the Library’s holdings include more than 45,000 books by or about Ohioans; 10,000 pieces of sheet music; biographical files on notable Ohioans; personal papers of Ohio authors and artists; and numerous scrapbooks created by Ohio civic and cultural organizations. The collection does not circulate, but is available for in-library use."

I saw their previous year's posters and loved how open the design requirements were.

I did five concepts:

I flirted with two different directions. Ohio has always been very active in the space program and I thought that could be a possibility. I also came up with a couple weird animal ideas I did not think they would ever go for. I was super excited when they chose this idea.

Final concept sketch

Process gif
Final art:
Final poster art

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Urban Sketchers Drawing Course

Urban Sketchers Beginning Drawing Course
Celebrate your artistic talents by joining Mark Willenbrink for a 4 week Urban Sketching Beginning Drawing Course. Mark, the best selling author of "Drawing for the Absolute Beginner," has years of experience teaching plein air art classes. Celebrate your artistic talents by enjoying this 4 week Urban Sketching Course. Each class will meet at a different location around Cincinnati. Mark will provide demonstrations and instruction on perspective, values, proportioning and tricks of the trade for successful urban sketching.
Saturdays, March 24th - April 14th
1pm - 3pm
Full Course Price $100 to be paid at the first class
Students should provide their own materials such as a 9"x12" drawing pad and 2B pencils
Sign up is required by Wednesday, March 14th.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

With Best Selling Author
Mark Willenbrink

Beginner Watercolor Classes
Hobby Lobby Mason
Tuesdays 5:30-7:30pm
Paint frame worthy art while learning color theory, values & painting techniques.

Intermediate Watercolor Classes
Hobby Lobby Mason
Wednesdays 9:00-11:00am
Experience in depth teaching while painting         more challenging watercolors.
$60 for 4 classes
(supplies not included)
Sign up by contacting Mark

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Illustrat6rs: 6 Perspectives

Lora Innes, pencil drawing in progress, 2017
The Art Academy of Cincinnati is pleased to present Illustrators: 6 Perspectives, an exhibition featuring work by six area women illustrators:
Aiko Ikegami
Lora Innes
Tara King
Evelyn Pence
Ursula Roma
Carol Tyler

These artists exemplify the amazing talent within the significant community of professional illustrators in the Greater Cincinnati area; the work included here ranges stylistically from the technically rendered, to graphic abstraction, to representational figurative art, and genres include children’s books, medical, editorial, advertising, educational, adult narrative, cover art, and personal work.

This exhibition runs from February 9 to March 9, 2018, with a public reception on Final Friday, February 23, from 5–8pm.

About the artists:

—Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1966, Aiko Ikegami has loved painting and drawing since childhood. She studied under noted Japanese painter Kimie Tanaka, and went on to earn an Associate degree in childhood education from Aoyama Gakuin Women’s Junior College. In 1993, she came to the U.S., where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at Arizona State University (1997), and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Texas at Austin (2003). After working as a biomedical researcher, she decided to pursue her dream of writing and illustrating books; her first children’s book, Friends, was published in 2016 and received a 2017 CCBC Choices Award. Her second book, Seed Man, will be published by Sleeping Bear Press in April 2018. Ikegami aims to create illustrations that provide a sense of comfort, whimsy, and dreamlike surreality. She lives and works in Ohio and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and the Ohio Art League.

—Comic book creator Lora Innes’s series The Dreamer examines America’s past through its present— quite literally. Since 2007, the webcomic has followed the adventures of a high school drama student named Bea Whaley who is transported back in time to 1776 every night when she falls asleep. Innes examines the Revolutionary War from the individual perspectives of the soldiers she writes about, including Nathan Hale, Dr. Joseph Warren, and Thomas Knowlton. She draws inspiration from primary sources as well as research into other American wars. The Dreamer connected her with the Nathan Hale School House, where she worked on a museum exhibit in the form of six oversized comic pages that brought to life the schoolmaster-turned-soldier’s time in New London. The Dreamer has been collected and published in three graphic novel volumes by IDW Publishing and received five nominations in the industry’s Harvey Awards. Innes also illustrated the Wynonna Earp comic book series that accompanied the release of the Syfy television show of the same name. She works primarily digitally when illustrating comic books, but uses cover art as an opportunity to return to her traditional roots. Innes graduated from the Columbus College of Art & Design in 2002.

—Tara Calahan King is an award-winning illustrator, muralist and designer. She was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where she received her BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1995. Recognized by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and the School Library Journal, she is noted for her endearing characters and odd perspectives. Her work can be found in children's books, pediatric brochures, greeting cards, magazines, stationary products, libraries, hospitals, and other places and products. From 2012–2014, King was commissioned to design, paint and renovate two Indiana Public Libraries, where she also designed and painted five large interactive sculptures for children. She is a frequent presenter at schools and libraries, promoting art, literacy, and creativity; for her work in children’s book illustration and her excellence in children’s programming, she was commended a Kentucky Colonel by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and State Representative Susan Westrom in 2010. King’s book Enemy Pie, written by Derek Munson, has become a Reading Rainbow feature book and was narrated by the Emmy award-winning actor Ed Harris. Her recent work includes illustrating the Books by the Banks 2017 poster art, creating imagery of Cincinnati landmarks for Poeme stationary company of Cincinnati, and developing and illustrating new children’s book characters.

—Evelyn Pence came to Cincinnati from the Chicago area for an education in business marketing at Xavier University. Shortly after graduating in 1991, Pence saw an article about medical illustration in National Geographic that introduced her to her eventual profession. With the assistance of professors of art and biology at Northern Kentucky University, Xavier University, and University of Cincinnati, she went back to school to put together the prerequisites and portfolio required for acceptance into the University of Michigan, then only one of six accredited medical and biological illustration programs in North America. She started her career in Ann Arbor as an adjunct lecturer in anatomical sketching and by working for researchers on projects ranging from MRI Angiography protocols to presentations for DARPA to books on plastic surgery. Later she moved to Washington DC to work as a medical animator for a newly-formed medical education website. She found her way back to the Cincinnati area in 2000, and took a job at the University of Cincinnati Geology Department as a graphic and web designer. Missing medical illustration, Pence launched her own medical illustration business in 2003. Since then she has specialized in the field of instructive science and health information. With 15 years’ experience in academic publishing, focusing on higher education and professional healthcare education, her work can be found throughout many leading college publications, websites, professional education materials, and scientific, medical and technical journals. Recently published work can be found in Exploring Psychology in Modules (10th edition) by David Myers and Nathan DeWall (McMilllan), cover art for Nature Microbiology April 2016, and Cell Stem Cell. Currently she is very happy to be working locally with Cincinnati branding agencies, law firms and medical device manufacturers.

—Ursula Roma is an artist and illustrator living in Cincinnati, Ohio. She became an illustrator primarily to have a way to communicate her political views and those of her clients, and has spent the last 30 years as a freelance artist, trying to create a style that boldly and broadly communicates for social issues and causes. After earning a BFA in New York, she came to Cincinnati just as the AIDS epidemic was hitting the city and became very involved in helping to raise awareness about the disease and its causes—creating artwork for posters, brochures, and ultimately AIDS quilts dedicated to people that died. Committed to helping with social justice causes and political issues of our day, Roma has produced imagery regarding children’s health issues, prison populations, minority rights and issues of other displaced communities. She has created work for women’s health access groups, battered women’s shelters, Planned Parenthood, LGBT festivals, marches, and other events; her clients have included UC Center for Women’s Studies, Children’s Hospital, YWCA and many local women’s associations. In terms of process, Roma’s early work in clay and stained glass led not only to a desire to bring vibrant, boldly colorful expressions of emotion into her two-dimensional illustrations, but also to venture into three-dimensional and relief illustration. Her work continues to be informed by her experience with a variety of media and modes of working, including woodcut, scratchboard, cut paper, pen and ink, found-object sculpture, and digital processes.

—Carol Tyler is a master cartoonist and a pioneer of the “autobiographical” comics genre. Born in Chicago in 1951, she earned a BFA at Middle Tennessee State University (1978), and an MFA in Painting at Syracuse University (1983). She became interested in underground comics in the early 80s, had her first comic publication in Weirdo in 1987, and went on to become an influential figure in the world of underground comics, eventually publishing her first solo book, The Job Thing, in 1993. Tyler has been the recipient of numerous awards, such as the 2016 Cartoonist Studio Prize from Slate Book Review, and the Master Cartoonist Award from Cartoonist Crossroads Columbus. Her book Soldier’s Heart received eleven Eisner Award nominations in addition to two Harvey and two Ignatz Award nominations, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and won an Ohio Arts Council Excellence Award. Other books include Fab4 Mania, and Late Bloomer. These days, Tyler teaches comics at the University of Cincinnati, and works out of her "Ink Farm” in northern Kentucky, which offers an annual summer camp experience for cartoonists.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Illustrators Lunch and Albrecht Durer February 7th

We will have lunch at Brew House at 11:30 and head over to the Cincinnati Art Museum between 1 and 1:30 to see the Durer Exhibit before it leaves the art museum on February 11th. Bring your sketchbooks!