Monday, October 20, 2014

Trip to Romania Part 2: The Carpathian Mountains and Piatra Neamt

Sketch of the Museum of History and Archaeology in the city of Piatra Neamt.
More from the Romania trip!

Piatra Neamt: We loved this city so much, we stayed for 2 nights at the Grand Hotel Ceahlau and took a lot of time to sketch. They have the cutest gondola up to the top of the mountain.

Recently restored fortress that was much more vertical than the sketch suggests in order to defend from the Turks.
Sketch of the Carpathian mountains before a hike on September 7th.

Picture on location from the porch at our little pension. I sketched during breakfast.
Just call me Indiana Wald! Hiking over a safe but rickety looking bridge in the Carpathians

I was sad not to see any brown bears in the mountains. We did see their scat though…

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Books by the Banks!

I will be at Books by the Banks this year with my 3 books out in 2014!

I hope to see you there! I am excited to get a couple books signed by John Scalzi if I can sneak away from my table!

A Cool Summer Tail



Animal Atlas

And, just out this week!

Macarooned on a Dessert Island


Monday, September 22, 2014

Trip to Romania: Part I

Red line shows our itinerary...
I just got back from a 2 week trip to Romania with my friend Ioana who is working on a plant field guide to the country. So much fun touring the country and seeing castles, churches, villages and fortresses.

It was a whirlwind! We were on the road a lot so we could see as much as possible. But, in the short time, it was just tastes of different regions. 

We first went to Romania in 1998 to be in George and Ioana's wedding. The country has done a 180 since then and is growing in leaps and bounds. Unfortunately, the guys could not join us this visit.

We did not get to revisit the seaside town of Constanta or the Dacian ruins, but next time...

Our first stop was Brasov and OF COURSE Castle Bran in Transylvania. We did not see Bran last time since I had to pick one castle to visit and that was Peles. So this time, we made sure to cover it.

Brasov is an amazing town. I hope to go back and sketch more! We only got a little taste of the city.

The Brasov town square

While I sketched this, they were giving a free opera concert. It seemed to cover a lot of the greatest hits and was a bit of a sampler platter of songs.

A peacock is a good image in Brasov. It is a proud and beautiful city.


Did you think I would not sketch it?

Queen Marie's Chapel we thought... Gorgeous with all the moss...
Me, walking up to the castle...
If you are curious and want to know more, watch this amazing series about Romania called Wild Carpathia. They go to a lot of the places Ioana and I went to and talks about how they are trying to conserve the largest areas of virgin forest in Europe.

http://youtu.be/jvDIpOPlWJ8

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Travel Madness

It has been a CRAZY summer! I am REALLY behind on posting here.

I went to Portland in July for ICON the illustration conference and just got back from 2 weeks in Romania. I am now digging out from under a TON of work.

So, enjoy these ICON and Portland sketches.

ICON was a great time. I met a lot of cool artists and got to visit LAIKA studios.

I do wish they had a set up that involved smaller groups rather than a lecture hall for all the presentations one after the other. I know there are a lot of challenges putting up an event like this, but there was an impersonal, lecture hall freshmen 101 feeling to it that would have probably been helped by everyone picking 3 or 4 smaller sessions a day to see.

It would have also been less overwhelming.

The speakers were very good for the most part; there was just a fatigue that set in when you watched so many in a day.

The workshops were set up more in that way and were excellent.

More soon!





Chinese Gardens









Thursday, July 17, 2014

Animal Atlas Featured in The Guardian Summer 2014 Best New Children's Books Supplement

The book I illustrated for Bloomsbury written by Anna Claybourne was in a supplement for The Guardian featuring the Best New Children's Books Summer 2014.

Here is a scan of the page. They used one of my favorite spreads.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Sketch Workshop in Chicago


I am finally posting all of my sketches from Chicago. I have been buried since my return in work. (I have some amazing projects on my plate at the moment.)

But, it was wonderful to have a weekend devoted to just sketching and hanging out with wonderful friends.

You can see photos from the seminar here: http://chicagosketchseminar2014.wordpress.com/
and some of the Cincinnati group's photos and sketches here: http://cincyillustrators.blogspot.com/2014/06/urban-sketching-seminar-in-chicago.html

See Vanessa's sketches here: http://nessydesigns.blogspot.com/2014/06/urban-sketchers-chicago-2014.html

and her incredible photos here: http://nessydesigns.blogspot.com/2014/06/chiacgo-urban-sketchers-trip-photos.html

My favorite sketch from the weekend. This is the Holy Name Cathedral where Roger Ebert's funeral was held

Another church on the church architecture tour


Porsche at what the locals called 'Viagra Triangle' which is a good description
Big statue next to the hotel
A bit of sketching between bites of Garrett popcorn
Detail of the facade
Part of the Newberry Library

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sketching Chickens and Swans

Mabel has a spa day
I have a backlog of sketches. I did the above sketch at Amy's house in Amberly Village in my new, beautiful sketchbook made by Vanessa and the other at Miami Whitewater during the long Memorial Day weekend.

I am heading to Chicago this weekend for an urban sketching workshop. Expect many posts soon!

The swan paddle boats at Miami Whitewater. I so want to ride one!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sketch Outing at Krohn Conservatory

Sketch in my 8x10 Moleskine

Amy Bogard, Vanessa Sorensen and I all went to Krohn Conservatory Friday May 16th to check out the butterfly exhibit and sketch. Check out there sketches at their blogs (their names are linjked.

It was a rainy day out so sketching in the rainforest was just perfect! There are a bunch of caged tropical birds in that area too so we could not resist drawing them.

Vine Video: https://vine.co/v/MXTjEgX1JdO

I have a backlog of sketches to post. More soon!

Curly leaves.

Leaves covered in  rain drops.
 
Wonderful camel bench.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Toronto and TCAF

christina Wald
Where's Wald-o
I have a bit of a backlog so I am trying to catch up here.

I met Pat Ann and Larry MacDougal in Toronto to sketch and go to TCAF. I had wanted to see this comic convention for a while and it had been a long time since I had been in the area (2011).

We met Friday to check out  Oakville. It is a beautiful town that is starting to become very affluent. There is a ton of new construction there. It is also home to Sheridan College, where they both met and went to school.

We sketched at the marina until we were rained on, but it was so cold that it was good to go inside for coffee.



On Saturday, went to the comic show. My mom traveled with me to spend the day with my Godmother who was her best friend during her college days at Case Western Reserve in the early 60s.

It was amazing and PACKED. It was probably the youngest crowd I have ever seen at a comic convention. We talked about a table at TCAF but I need to do a LOT more comics before that happens...

After the show, we sketched for a while at the Royal Ontario Museum.


Vine video: https://vine.co/v/MgrPzumhFpH

I love the Chinese lions!