Thursday, June 23, 2011

Rarr! Monsters and stuff

If you're in Columbus this weekend, swing by Origins Game Fair and stop by the Mage Wars booth.
I did a couple of cards for them. So these will appear about an inch and a half tall.

Also, if you're curious as to how I've been paying the bills lately you can visit Myth of Midigan. It's nothing like my normal style and is just for this particular commission. I've done about 26 sequential pages for it that they'll be uploading one of every couple of days.

Also, if anybody is interested, I'm looking for a booth assistant for GenCon in Indianapolis. I can offer housing and a badge and of course a ride there if needed.

Also, if any of you fantasy or comic artists are interested, I'm in charge of getting together a small group of artists for a convention in Lexington in May of 2012. E-mail me if interested.

steam engine/pump Animation

Finally getting around to posting these two animations, although Flickr limits video uploads to 500M so they're in 10-sec or so increments...sorry about the fragmented presentation. These were done for a conference center/museum in Boston to show how these monsters worked; they haven't moved in many decades. The videos play continuously (with captions) on screens around the engines at 1280x1024 dpi - huge files that made working with a rendering farm in Texas necessary. These were fun and I learned a lot in the process. The second video is not completely uploaded yet, but should be by tomorrow - been dodging thunderstorms by shutting down the computer on and off for two days.

hope to see everyone soon at a lunch!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Illustrator News: Jerry Dowling in Boston for the National Cartoonist Society Rueben Convention

 As promised, Jerry's Roundup of this year's NCS in Boston. Lots of pictures and commentary...

Monday, June 20, 2011

Illustrator News: C. F. Payne Mural for Artworks

 Artworks is producing a mural based on a painting by C.F. Payne this summer.
From WMUB:

"Work will begin soon on “The Singing Mural,” on the side of the CET/Cincinnati Public Radio studios in the West End.
Illustrator C.F. Payne designed the piece featuring famous Cincinnatians and opera stars in song."

Photos here of the painting and kick off:

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Illustrator News: Jerry Dowling on TV!

They just filmed Jerry about his book Big Red Machine.

He tells about the who experience on the blog. Hopefully, it will be available to watch online. Check it out.

As promised, will have links next week about the Reuben Awards in Boston...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Writing Seminar

 A lot of illustrators are interested in writing their own children's books and I am often asked about local critique groups. Also, if you write or want to write graphic novels, this may be helpful from a purely story structure standpoint.

Dave Richardson (who you may know from Blue Marble) is doing a 3 hour writing workshop for the Kenton County Library system this Sat. (June 18).

It's for beginners/intermediate. He is covering some basics ( like formatting), but also story arc, voice, character, and a few others. There will be a couple of writing exercises and time to share, and an hour for submitted ms critiques with the group.

 It runs from 10-1 just down the street from the Kenton County Public Library on Scott Street in Covington (they are remodeling the top floor of the library at this time).

It's also a good place to meet the writers in the KCPL Writing for Children critique group.
They can contact Patti Richards at or call the KCPL and ask for her.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Beth Akers: First post and recent work

Hi everyone! I've recently been added to this blog, and this will be my first work share post. I just graduated from the University of Cincinnati last weekend (majoring in Fine Art), and now I'm very excited to share my work with all of you. Any comments or constructive criticism is of course welcome.

Also, time for a shameless plug: I've been illustrating for an online graphic novel/literary journal called The Catalina Project. Please check it out if you have the time!

The Catalina Project main website
The Catalina Project facebook page

That's all for now! I should be able to start coming to the illustrator's lunches soon, so hopefully I'll see some of you there.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Prince Valiant / Hal Foster fans?

Half-price on dinged and damaged Prince Valiant books - in full. beautiful color, 2 years of Sunday strips per volume. For lovers of swords, pageantry, and beautiful illustration skills. $15 each while they last.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Little Drummer Baby

Oops - it's been a while since I've posted here! Here's a remedy for that.

This image became a cartoon at my "Pen Grenades" website, but before that it was a simple sketch that I always wanted to share with more people.

Illustrator News: Will Hillenbrand Lecture at Sharonville Library June 14th

Will Hillenbrand will be speaking at the Sharonville Library on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:00.

Sharonville Library:
10980 Thornview Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45241-2795
(513) 369-6049

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Aw shucks!--final

Hello,again, Cincy! I'm calling the still life with corn FINISHED! (Sure, I could spend more time on it, but I'm happy with where it is. ....and the actual subject has shriveled beyond use!)

I like looking at my palettes when a painting is complete! Sad to scrape them off.....

I'm looking forward to surprising my (wonderful) allergist-doctor with this for his new office! (I told the secretary, and she's all about it. We're planning to hang it while he's with a patient for maximum-surprise-factor.)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Illustrator News: Tammie Lyon and Jeffrey Ebbeler at Blue Marble June 4th

Blue Marble is celebrating their 32nd year in business! They have planned a very special event featuring local illustrators Jeffrey Ebbeler and Tammie Lyon as well as local author Linda Leopold Strauss; each will be visiting during a portion of the celebration.  There may be a few surprise guest authors and illustrators who stop by as well!

Check it out!

More Signing info:

1356 South Fort Thomas Avenue

Fort Thomas, KY 41075
Phone 859.781.0602 FAX 859.781.0728 e-mail

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bruce Chrislip: Art Books for Sale

I'm going to be holding a garage sale on Saturday June 11 and will have quite a few old art books for sale cheap: Walter Foster How to Draw books (from the 1950s),How to Draw Cars, How to Draw Superman, cartooning books,etc. along with a stack of old comic books for a quarter each.

I'm also open to having people contact me ahead of time if they can't make it to the sale. Email or call.

Bruce Chrislip
2113 Endovalley Dr.
Anderson Township (east side of Cincinnati)

phone: 474-8114

The garage sale itself will run from 9 am to 12 noon.