Monday, April 21, 2014

April Showers Bring Easter Sketches

My friend Theresa's Easter ducklings

The bunny puts the duckling it his place.
That is the saying isn't it? Hope everyone had a Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Write Up on The Illustrators Market Blog

Patti Gay did a nice write up about me on her illustrators blog. There are some other cool profiles there too so check them out while you are there!

She lives in California now but went to CCAD in Columbus. Check out her site!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

More Spring Sketches...

Amy, Vanessa and I managed to get out and sketch the cherry blossoms at Spring Grove Cemetery while they were peak. It was a beautiful day. There was also a plein air group out that day, so a lot of painting was going on.

 Here is a vine on location:

Also, I forgot to post the Cosmopolitan building sketch from a couple weeks ago. It is a couple doors down from Suder's Art Store and is supposed to be haunted.

It is a beautiful building and it is being renovated for The Brandery. Its windows are incredible!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sketching at the Newport Aquarium

Poor 80 year old Bravo seemed a little overwhelmed as the exhibit got busier and busier and hid in the corner for a while. He eventually moved into a better sketching pose.

Some sketches from Friday’s Newport Aquarium visit with Amy, Linda and Julie including the new turtle exhibit featuring Bravo the Galapagos turtle.

Here is a Vine video:
Love these crabs!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Easing Very, Very Slowly into Spring

Sketching before seeing Wicked
Although spring is arriving in a sluggish fashion, it has been nice enough to get out here an there. Here are a couple outings.The church next to Washington Park has the wrong date. My desire to move things along was expressed by writing a 4 instead of a 3 on the date. It felt like April that day.

March 14th, not so much... It was WINDY with less sun than I would like when it is in the 50s.

Sketching before seeing Tim's Vermeer

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Birthday Card 2014

The rare Angleroar Sea Dragon… I drew it for my nephew’s (belated) birthday card. I usually draw a dragon, but since he was just snorkeling on vacation, I went under the sea.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sketch Outing at Newport Aquarium

I love the wobbegong!

I went with Amy, Vanessa and Monica for an afternoon of sketching at Newport Aquarium.

Checkout their AMAZING sketches and photos here and here.

They are in the middle of a reconstruction so I am looking forward to their next phase. I love the shark rays. They two are named after my and Vanessa's cats (Spike and Sunshine).

Blurry video of the wobbegong:
The penguins are always adorable!
A very sociable turtle...
Japanese crabs!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Wishing for Spring

I did this sketch a couple days ago. It looks like it will have the opposite effect of bringing on spring weather...

Thursday, February 20, 2014

STORYTELLING The Fine Art of Illustration

Since my first post, the show has added illustrators C.F. Payne, Andrew Neyer and Jeffery Ebbeler.

It is going to be a great show! Hope to see you there!

When I dropped off my art today, I ran into Tara Calahan King and Loren Long.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Various Sketches

Little Valentine's Day Sketch
Year of the Horse!
New Ultimate Sinister Character
A lot going on, a couple items from the sketchbook...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Night of Sketching at Modern Makers + The Cincinnati Ballet presents Dance/Draw

I went with my friend Amy to sketch last night at the Modern Makers + The Cincinnati Ballet presents Dance/Draw. We sketched performers from the Cincinnati Ballet.

We mostly did gestures but I did the top sketch when I got home after I looked at my photos.

It was a great event. Lots of wonderful music, drawing and dancing. People of all ages were there. It was cram packed with people!


More Gestures

My favorite gesture...
One of the dance demonstrations
Amy and me sketching...

Monday, January 27, 2014

Traveling to Romania in the fall!

The monastery on Aegina Island
Since it is too cold to get out, here is a sketch from some of my photos of Aegina Island off of the coast of Athens, Greece. We went there in 2011.

It was an amazing place! We were visiting a friend who was teaching at a satellite campus there.

This same friend is going on sabbatical in Romania so I plan to visit her in the fall and do a LOT od sketching. I hope to visit some of those lovely medieval villages in Transylvania.

We have not been in Romania since 1998. I am curious about what has changed and what has stayed the same...

Friday, January 24, 2014

Whoooo Goes There! Many Paintings of Owls...

I recently did some illustrations for a book about owls. It was a very enjoyable project and I was given permission to share some of them.

There is something enjoyable about illustrating raptors, owls in particular. Perhaps the attraction is in their big luminous eyes.

The book will not be out for a long time. I will post when they are available.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Story Telling Show at Brazee opening in February

I know it is a little early to post this, but I just got the promo jpg for the Story Telling illustration show I am a part of opening February 22nd at Brazee Street Studios.

I will post more about the event as the show gets closer.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Web Site Redesign

New website coming soon!
My website is in the middle of a redesign so may occasionally be offline while the team at 3Verb work on the last details.

I will let everyone know when the new site is up. It is going to be SO COOL!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Prague and the Ghost Empire Collecte Biweekly Sketch Challenge

Time, Life and Death... The light topic to kick of the year for the Ghost Empire Collective
It is already crazy busy. I am squeezing things in here and there between deadlines. In order to put together a zine, the Ghost Empire Collective is having a biweekly sketch challenge.

Also, this has been done a while but just scanned it in. This is from photos I took in Prague when we visited in 2008.

Entrance to the St. Charles bridge...
Anyway, finishing up my next picture book. I will have stuff to show soon.

Friday, January 3, 2014

More Glorious Samples!

Christmas is continuing for the full 12 days this year. I got galley and advance copies of two of my books out in the next couple of months!

I should have book trailers for Cool Summer Tail and Fort on Fourth Street out soon!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sketching Visit to Raptor Inc.

My name is Earl... The initial owners of this bird though she was a he.
My friend Kelly and I have been talking about going to Raptor, Inc where she volunteers for a long time. I have been so busy that it was very difficult to coordinate.

Finally, we were able to get together a couple weeks ago.

It is a wonderful facility. I really enjoyed taking in all the birds there. Sylvester, the Great Horned Owl and Earl, the Turkey Vulture were my particular favorites.

I did some quick ink studies there (it was a little too cold for me to paint outside) and did some watercolor/acrylic sketches later.

Some quick ink studies
Sylvester, silent and watchful...

Monday, December 16, 2013

Gentleman's Gentlecat and Budapest

Since it has been too cold to sketch outside, I am sketching from some photos I took of the parliament building in Budapest in 2008.
It is a fascinating city. It almost looks like something out of a fantasy landscape with giant statues popping up all over in almost Númenórean ways.

Our gentleman’s gentlecat is finally getting his due! Our tuxedo cat Spike...

Knee deep in book trailers and my next picture book. Enjoy these offerings from the sketchbook!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Blue Marble Saturday and Llama Study

Chester the llama says shop locally! (Quick llama study)
If you are shopping in Northern Kentucky this Saturday, stop by Blue Marble Children's Bookstore.

I will be signing books from 2 until 4!

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

One More NYC Sketch: Brooklyn

Sketch of the entrance to Prospect Park in Brooklyn (the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch). My second cousin owns a restaurant a couple blocks away called Sun in Bloom. (There are restaurant pics in the earlier post...)

We strolled in the park for several hours.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

KRAMPUS: Arts Market & Music Fest

I will be selling art at a Krampus Fest tonight. If you are in the area, Stop by!
These are some of the pieces I will have at the show.
Info here:

I will also be in The Art of War Competition.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sketching Cars, Cats and Findley Market

Miffy is always a star!
I have been super-swamped all week. Finally I had a break in the action to sketch.

I was inspired to do this sketch after seeing Simon Tofield (of Simon's Cat fame) speak at Joseph Beth Booksellers.

Also, I did this car sketch as a study for my next Ultimate Sinister comic. It is a little late for the time period by 30 years, but I love the design.

Finally, I got out in the field to sketch yesterday with my friend Amy. We went to a good indoor location at Findley Market.

Fortunately, I am not cooking a Thanksgiving dinner this year and was free to observe the frantic purchasing of comestibles.

We we comfortable seated in the eating area next to the taco stand.
Vine video:

Photo by Amy Bogard of me sketching