Thursday, May 23, 2013

Sketching at the Cincinnati Zoo

The Reptile House
Amy Bogard and I went to the Cincinnati Zoo after this week's Illustrators Lunch to sketch for a little while. Here is a vine video:

Shockingly, we did not get stormed on!

Salmon Crested Cockatoo gestures

This painted turtle stared at us the whole time we drew him or her

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

New Wordsworth and the Dragon Illustrations!

Chapter 5:Dash just had his hand bitten...

Scotti Cohn and I are finally getting ready to bring Wordsworth and the Dragon to the printer.

We are going to Indiegogo to raise funds for our book. So, if you have been interested in getting a copy when it is finished, place your order here.

It has been great fun working with Scotti on this. I love getting to do some ink drawings; it seems like they are rarely done anymore.

Anyway, we would LOVE your support and spread the word!

Chapter 4

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Italy Part 4: Milan

The Duomo in Milan
We flew in and out of Milan. It was beautiful but c-c-cold and raining when we were there. I hope to go back to see more. It is a design capital of the world.

I still have a couple Italy sketches to show back in Florence.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Italy Part 3: Florence

This was drawn after a very rainy morning. I need to design that urban sketcher sit-upon. Only cooler than the ones we made in girl scouts though.

Here is a vine video sketching on location:

I was sitting on the steps of the Duomo for this one. There were throngs of people around and lots of students eating gelato.

It was very cold. I sketched until my hand was numb.

Vine video:

Christina Wald view of the Duomo from the tower

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Florence, Italy Part 2: Greve in Chianti

Wine tasting platter. We each got one...
As promised, more Italy. These posts take a lot of time so are less frequent. There is so much to sort through. I can only really show the shadows on the wall so to speak.

My cousin Maria and her husband Tom arranged for a wine tasting and tour of the Chianti area of Italy. We were driven around in a van and went to the adorable town of Greve in Chianti. 

 (We bought some sausage with truffle oil tin the town which was very addictive...)

Shop in Greve in Chianti
The aging hams for prosciutto also called Parma ham
Glorious cheese Gromit
The winery
We left the town and our guide Gianni took us to Castello di Verrazzano for the sctually wine tasting and tour.

More of the estate...
Touring the grounds...
We had a wine tasting plate (seen above), four types of Chianti, and finished with a cordial of Vin Santo with biscotti.

The pour
The four varieties
The finish...

Our guide owns a restaurant called Ristorante Academia Firenze. We ate dinner there a couple days later.

More soon!

If you rub the boar's nose, you will return!