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: 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!


We made School Library Journal's

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!

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!

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.

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!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Lots Going On!

Snow geese from a BIG project I recently finished...
I have been super swamped this year. Lots of exciting things going on. I just received my latest picture book, Denni-Jo and Pinto by Buck Buchanan from West Winds Press, an imprint of Graphic Arts Books and Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant by Songju Ma Daemicke comes out this fall!

Glorious samples!!!

Monday, May 1, 2017

May the Fourth Episode II

We are doing it again! It is time for our second May the Fourth Star Wars Tribute show! Once again we will be at the Brew House on McMillan. We also have Improv this year and live art... Stop by after 5!

Here are my pieces:

Raiders! By Christina Wald

Leia By Christina Wald
Hope to see you there!

Tribute to Leia By Christina Wald

Thursday, April 20, 2017

MeSseD Time Lapse

I recently did a pin up for Jay Kalagayan's comic MeSseD. He said to keep it in the spirit of my Stream of Consciousness pieces.

Final Illustration

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sissy Bear at The Fort

Recently found out that the book I illustrated for Holly Arnold Kinney, owner of The Fort, a landmark restaurant in Colorado, about her family's wonderful pet bear, Sissy is a finalist for both the Colorado Book Awards and the Spur (Western Writers of America) Awards!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays!

This has been my busiest year ever as an illustrator and that is saying something because I was not sure that was possible.

I feel so happy and lucky to do what I love to do all the time. I have had so many great projects and books to work on this year and have some amazing stuff lined up in 2017.

It has been a difficult year in so many other ways; I am grateful to find solace in my work and wonderful clients and friends.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Book Signing at Sharon Woods

I will be signing books with my pals Vanessa Sorensen and Jeffrey Ebbeler This Friday at Sharon Woods from 6 to 9pm as part of their Holiday in Lights event.

Details here:

Hope to see you there!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Book Signing

Just got back from our book signing in San Diego! What an incredible time! The zoo team has been so good to us!

While we signed books, I did live art. I painting a picture of one of the three adorable tiger cubs at the Safari Park.

Kids were fascinated by the tiger painting. Many said they loved to draw!

Christina and Shari by the statue of King Tut who is in the book!
With the Finish

Final demo
After the zoo, I stole an hour to sketch in Balboa park.