Thursday, October 29, 2015

Travel Fever and Zoo Sketches

Adorable, shell shocked baby fox
I went to the Cincinnati Zoo with Amy Bogard and Robin Ewers Carnes Friday to get some live sketching in on a beautiful day!

The animals were delightfully active and it was a good day to be out in peak fall color.

I was particularly obsessed with the baby gray fox above. He looked so new and vulnerable. He eventually curled up and had the pose my cat has when he is settling down with his ears in the owl position.

Our other favorites were the merekats, the lions, the African painted dogs and the Visayan warty pigs.

A composite of my sketches from my mini-sketchbook
We also saw the Sumatran Rhino before he leaves this Thursday for Indonesia.

He was pretty chill and enjoying a spa day in his mud bath...

Farewell Harry!
See all of our artwork here on the Cincinnati Illustrators Blog!

Wrestling lion cubs-too cute!

In other news, I am planning to go to Costa Rica the beginning of January. I am still playing the airfare chess game, so hopefully I can get a good deal. It would better be described as a shell game. I think the artificial intelligence that puts together these flight legs is some kind of sadist. It is a system designed to give you kind of what you are looking for but deliberately not.

I look forward to sketching there!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Cincinnati SCBWI Lecture

From Cash Kat out in 2016!

 I am going to be speaking about my experience illustrating for children's books at the Cincinnati SCBWI meeting, 7pm Tuesday, Oct 13th at the Sharonville Library.

It is free and open to the public. I hope to see you there!

From the newsletter:
The next meeting for the Cincinnati SCBWI group is Tuesday, October 13 at the Sharonville Library from 7 pm - 8:45 pm.
Our speaker is Christina Wald, a local children’s book illustrator who specializes in animal and science work. She’s a prolific artist with over 20 years’ experience in the field and has worked with numerous major publishers including Scholastic, Bloomsbury, Hachette, Penguin, and National Geographic, as well as on smaller-scale projects directly with authors.
Christina will talk about how she became a children’s book illustrator and what it’s like to work on a picture book from start to finish, including how she works with writers and publishers.
If you would like to have Christina sign one of her books, please feel free to buy it ahead of time and bring it to the meeting. We’ll leave time at the end for her to sign.

To learn more about Christina and the amazing books she’s illustrated, please visit her website: http://www. or her blog: 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Another Fun Podcast with Creative Juice in which we discuss The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

Portrait I did of Amanda Palmer after I read the book.


#38–The Art of Asking Discussed

Margot Madison asked me to join the Creative Juice Podcast discussion about Amanda Palmer's book The Art of Asking.

I loved the audio book and it was a fun time talking about it. Maybe if I do enough of these podcasts, I will learn to articulate myself better.

 We discuss why is it so hard to ask for help in this culture, how the world would be better with more people helping each other and the importance of community, especially if you are a creative.

 Listen here! 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Camas & Sage Out this November

This book has been in the pipeline for a while. It is wonderfully written by Dorothy Patent and will be out in November. I hope to maybe do some sort of book event with her in the spring.

I have taken lots of bison pictures in Yellowstone, Missouri, and Kentucky. The reference came in really handy. I take a lot of pictures everywhere because I never know what will come up next!

I will show off a little interior art in a couple months.

Back Cover

Monday, August 31, 2015


I love that the new show I am having with Anthony "Tank" Mansfield and Jaimie Filer at Pop Revolution Gallery is called The-Show-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named.

I have some cool new pieces for the show but it the meantime, here is a cartoon I did with

See you September 17th!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I Want to Be a Crocodile is Out!

I just got in samples of my latest book I Want to Be a Crocodile from Capstone/Picture Window.

I really loved working on it; such a wonderful manuscript! I should have it at Books By the Banks and it can also be ordered here.

I will also be at the Books By the Banks poster unveiling in early September. Stay tuned!

The Metamorphosis... More fun than Kafka!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Great New and Improved Way to Order My Books!

If you order most of my books from along the sidebar here or soon on my website, the link goes to a new order form to Inscribed Books & Gifts.

That means you can order signed books from anywhere in the world to be delivered anywhere in the world!

Also, Fibonacci Zoo is now available!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Part 2 of the Creative Juice Podcast

Because practice makes perfect, part 2 of the podcast I did with Margot and Jeb on practice!

Sketch from a group outing with Jeb and the CJ crew

Friday, April 24, 2015

Creative Juice Podcast

I was on the Creative Juice podcast that was just aired this week on Practice and how long it takes to be good at something. We talk about drawing and obsessions and unused talents.

It was a lot of fun! Listen here:

While you are on the site, check out some of their other topics. The Juice Cast is a podcast for creative entrepreneurs.
Sketching in Bucharest

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Lion Sketch for Sale to Support The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado

John the Lion, the handsome fellow I have sketched several times at the Cincinnati Zoo
I have a sketch for sale of John the Lion  that will benefit The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado to build funds in order for them to bring in and care for 33 lions and 1 Andean bear just being rescued from circuses.

Spread the word; Share and enjoy!

From a trip last summer...
You can see all the art and prints available here:

Also for sale is a signed copy of my book Big Cats.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter! Bunnies and Painted Monasteries

Cherry blossoms and bunnies... 'Tis the season
I do plan to paint this image, but do to finishing my next book, it will probably be by the Eastern Orthodox Easter.

Speaking of which, this is a good time to post some of the amazing art at the pained Monasteries in Romania.

Not only are there the ones dating back to the 1400s, but they are building new ones! Such a fascinating art form. It was nice to see the artist credits on the new ones.

Growing up catholic, it is interesting to see parallel but different imagery.

Judgement Day painting on the Voroneț Monastery done in 1547

Detail of the seraphim at the Humor Monastery painted in 1535
Lives of the saints or rather the martyrdom of them, Voroneț Monastery

More seraphim at Voroneț Monastery

A new depiction of Judgement Day

Seraphim detail

New Judgement Day at a church in Bucharest
Detail of the Judgement Day painting in Bucharest. Ioana and I were pleased to see the artists credited inside.
All of the Judgement Day paintings have the people being 'reconstituted', even if devoured by wild beasts. Such delightful imagery!
My monastery sketches and more of my write ups are here.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Spring Fairies

Unleashing the last spirits of winter
Something about spring makes you think of fairies. I think it is all of the new life that emerges. So, I have been doing a lot of them in my sketchbook lately.

The council is in session...
We also just saw Song of the Sea, a wonderful film by the folks who did The Secret of Kells. It was a beautiful film with a bit of a Spirited Away vibe with a dash of Tolkien's Silmarillion (he was greatly influenced by Celtic and other European mythology). I loved the design and the concept.

It is common mythology around the world of spirits being a part of everything... The world does awaken this time of year from a dormant state.

I can hardly wait to get outside to sketch!

The Leaf Litter...
Even at the Krohn Conservatory!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lecture at the Art Academy: Storytelling in Books and Comics

I will be doing a lunchtime lecture at the Art Academy tomorrow at 11:30 am as part of the Slam Bam Comic Jam.

It is called Storytelling in Books and Comics.

Here is the Facebook event page:

Hope to see you there!

From Why the Possum has a Large Grin by Johnette Downing

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It is The Year of the Goat

Happy Chinese New Year a day late! Although this is from the goats I saw in Greece on a tiny island off of Aegina called Moni Eginas.

It was cute and covered in goats and peacocks.

My friend brought bread to feed them and got head butted by an aggressive male when she tried to pet him. She said she should have known better and had giant bruises to prove it!
They had glorious horns!

Moni Eginas; magical land of goats and peacocks

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Trip to Romania Part 4: Maramureș and the Painted Cemetery

Beautiful wooden chapel next to the tallest wooden church in Europe.
Me sketching quickly
Sketch of one of the chapels in Maramureș next to the church with that is tallest wooden building in Europe. I loved the little chapel next to it and drew there. The gorgeous arched gateway was a good place to sketch from.

Ioana took this picture of me entering the monastery complex. The chapel is hidden behind the trees, the tallest wooden church is on the left.
Chapel detail
The architecture is very different from Brasov and the Moldovan areas.
We were very close to the Ukraine here. This was also the town with the Merry Cemetery called Săpânța.
Taken from my balcony overlooking the cemetery

We stayed at a wonderful pension here called Anuta. (Basically what they call a bed and breakfast there). The owners were super friendly and even invited us to try their homemade brandy! 

The location was next to the Merry Cemetery. It was hard to convince my husband that was a selling point when he saw this picture I snapped from my bedroom.

When we first entered the town, we stopped by a woman's house where she showed us socks and blankets she had woven. The folk craft in Romania are high art. Gorgeous stuff!

She had Ioana take my picture at the loom.

I have several posts after this including castles, more painted church details and I cannot believe I skipped posting about Sighișoara!!!

The Merry Cemetery in the daytime...
Greetings from Săpânța!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Slam Bam Comic Jam at the Art Academy

Cover for Star Crossed by me for a comic collaboration with Steve Bryant
The Ultimate Sinister Series will also be there!
A Month-long Comic Arts Exhibition and Extravaganza
Features Artists from Kabuki, Star Wars, and The Walking Dead

WHO: Exhibition Artists: David Michael Beck, Allison Craig, Brian Hagen, Russell Ihrig, David Mack, Tony Moore, Joe Slucher, and Christina Wald.

PRESENTERS: Mike Fleisch, Anthony Moorman, Joe Slucher, and Christina Wald.
WHAT: Art Academy of Cincinnati’s Inaugural “Slam Bam Comic Jam” Exhibition & Extravaganza
WHEN: January 30 – February 27, 2015

Opening Reception: Final Friday, January 30, 5-8 pm Live Screen-Printing of Limited-Run T-Shirts (Only 50 Shirts Available, $10 each), Music,
Comic Merchandise Tables, and Costume Contest for fans of Wookiees and Walkers

Closing Reception:
Final Friday, February 27, 5-8 pm Making It Documentary and Q&A with film director Anthony Moorman
Complete Schedule of Events will be posted on the Art Academy’s website.

Catbat will also be premiering!