Monday, April 30, 2018

May the Fourth Festivities

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!

https://www.facebook.com/events/210023729591325/

K + R Shipping So Hard by Christina Wald

"I'm One With The Force. The Force Is With Me." Chirrut Îmwe by Christina Wald
 We are also doing more community outreach this year and are having our first kids art show!



Allison from the Walnut Hills Library holding up one of my sketches

We kicked that off with teaching how to draw aliens and droids at the Walnut Hills Public Library. Somehow, we ended up drawing spaceships too.
How to draw an angry wookie in 6 steps...

Allison, Kevin, Tim, Christina
Drawing sheets from our event

Sunday, April 8, 2018

More Ohioana


The poster art I did for the 2018 Ohioana Book Festival is also the cover for the spring issue of their quarterly magazine with a little write up. Hope to see you in Columbus next Saturday!

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


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Holiday Card 2017


I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday! Let's make the world a better place in 2018...

The card features the triskelion, Celtic symbol for progress, personal growth and improvement.

I did not think I would get a card done this year but I got an urge to draw a unicorn!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant on NSTA Trade Book List and Best STEM Book of 2018 List

I am so excited that the book I illustrated for Arbordale Publishing, Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant written by Songju Ma Daemicke is an NSTA Outstanding Trade Book, a list coordinated with the Children's Book Council and National Science Teachers Association.

The book was really a delight to illustrate. It is an engaging story and I loved researching costume and architecture for it's ancient Chinese setting.



UPDATE: It also just confirmed as a 2018 Mathical Honor Book and 2018 Notable Social Studies Trade Book













UPDATE: Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant was also selected as a Best STEM BOOK for 2018 by the NSTA and CBC in addition to best trade book! A double honor! http://static.nsta.org/pdfs/2018BestSTEMBooks.pdf



UPDATE 2:

We made School Library Journal's

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Ten – 2017 Math Picture Books



http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production/2017/12/10/31-days-31-lists-day-ten-2017-math-picture-books/
















Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Drawing Database: Marc Leone NKU



Marc Leone interviewed me for the NKU Drawing Database. It was a lot of fun!

Monday, October 23, 2017

SCBWI and Books By the Banks

I am doing an SCBWI talk 7-8:30pm at Upper Arlington Main Library in Columbus tomorrow (October 24th). If you are in the area, stop by and say hi! It is open to the public!

I will also be at Books By the Banks Saturday. It is a wonderful book festival great for Christmas shopping! 

 
My 2011 poster
Tara Calahan King's 2017 poster

Monday, October 9, 2017

News, Talks, etc.



I am excited to have been interviewed for the new C. F. Payne Documentary available for download Friday the 13th.



I will also be doing a studio talk at NKU for their in:sight show as part of Branemonium.

Hope to see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1968255803459433/

I will also be doing a talk at SCBWI in Columbus October 24th and will be at Books By the Banks on October 28th.

Drawing at Blue Manatee September 30th Thanks Jesika Roy for the photo

Reading at Blue Manatee September 30th Thanks Jesika Roy for the photo

Science at Blue Manatee September 30th Thanks Jesika Roy for the photo

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Gallery Openings and Book Signings

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!

https://www.facebook.com/events/352314915210012/



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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/145141739409493/



Sunday, August 6, 2017

Summer of Sketching

New York Botanical Gardens shared my Chihuly Boat sketch
It has been a crazy month of traveling and sketching! I have been in 13 states since May!

Here are highlights.

Sketching in Central Park, NYC
Sketch at Fort Worden, WA
Sketch at the Hoh Rainforest
Sketch in Victoria, BC
Sketch in Long Island

Another sketch in Central Park
And of course, the travel finished up with the Urban Sketching Symposium in Chicago.

University Club across from the Art Institute

40 minute sketch

The Chicago/Sith Board of Trade

The Concert Pavilion by Frank Gehry

Last Chicago sketch

The Ubiquitous Bean
Sketch from the 29th floor!

The way cool Owls on top of the Chicago Public Library!