Monday, August 22, 2022

The Return to Kew Gardens


At last, I can show this off! My new book, Return to Kew Gardens, written and invented by Marsha Varrow, is available at the Kew Gardens shop! So, London friends, let me know if you see it!
It is a lovely Beatrix Potter-size book and it will be on their website soon for international ordering but it is in the store now. I will have pictures soon.

We plan to do a book launch so stay tuned for details.
We are starting on Book 2 which will involve a tea party!

More soon from this enchanting world!

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Join My Mailing List!


Sketching Here and Everywhere, My Sketching Obsession is launching this summer. 

I have it chock full of sketching and material tips, anecdotes, and sketches


One of the first 100 subscribers is in the running for a free pet portrait!

Friday, April 22, 2022

New Website!


My new website is LIVE!
After years of working with my excellent web designer Jon at 3Verb, his company is retiring the server my site was on. It seemed like a good excuse for a complete redesign, especially with my new art book Kickstarting in July.

I did it in Adobe Portfolio and they have some awesome templates.

It is weird going through all my art over the years to put this together. Thousands of pieces of art are hard to distill. I have done a lot of cool projects over the years and have a few more to reveal soon including The Train Rolls On to the North Pole, Sloth's Treehouse Inn for San Diego Zoo, and a couple more! Let's just say I am booked to the ears through 2023!

Stay tuned for more with my art book and be a part of my Patreon!

Friday, April 15, 2022

Urban Sketching for Teens Workshop


I am doing an urban sketching workshop on April 30th for teens.

The Cincinnati Art Club is having an Urban Sketching Workshop for Junior and Senior High School students. The workshop is in conjunction with a four-day event featuring Cincinnati Master artists from the past and present. Urban Sketching can ignite a love for the place where you live and begin a practice that could put you on the road to mastery.

The workshop will be led by Christina Wald, a professional children’s book illustrator, who also teaches Illustration at the college level and is a leading member of the Urban Sketchers of Cincinnati. She will facilitate a 10:00-3:00 workshop on April 30th at the Cincinnati Art Club 

If you are interested or would like more information, email Christine Kuhr at Sponsored by Cincinnati Art Club members and the Ohio Arts Council.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Happy Holidays Everyone!


Happy Holidays everyone! It has been a sad year but I have gotten to work on some really cool projects I cannot wait to share.

Best wishes for 2022 and keep your loved ones close... 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Versus Evil, A Hire An Illustrator Project


Hire an Illustrator has a really nice portfolio site and recently did this fun trading card promotion. I did my Ultimate Sinister character I have drawn since junior high!

Here are the printed cards. SO FUN!

Friday, November 5, 2021

Sketch in Romania with Christina and Ioana



Write for additional materials and to arrange the deposit.

Years in the planning, this is the ultimate urban sketching adventure!

Trip details:

Romania has so many wonderful landscapes, castles, fortresses... I LOVE sketching there. Join us for 2 weeks of adventure.

And here are some write-ups from our trip in 2014:

Christina and Ioana

Monday, October 18, 2021

USk Sketch Together


USk Sketch Together was a world sketching event on October 18th that started in New Zealand, went through Asia, Europe, and ended up in the Americas. The event was 24 hours and each world Zone had an hour-long Instagram LIVE interviewing chapters.

I hosted the Americas and interviewed urban sketchers from Ecuador, Brazil, Mexico, Florida, and Las Vegas. The interview is now on YouTube.

It was so fun seeing the different chapters show off their sketches! Check out all the sketches at the hashtag and see the urban sketching global family!

It was pretty cool!

Mauricio López (individual sketcher)/Ecuador USk Quito

USk São Paulo (Brazil) -Ronaldo Kurita

USk Jacksonville (Florida/USA) Chris Flagg & Lisa Deems

USk Las Vegas (USA)/ Erick Roberts

USk Mexico City / Admins: Brian Luna, Monse , Ivan

Co-Host Xana Jazmin

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Cabinet of Curiosities Issue 2 TRAILS, TRAINS, AND TERROR


It has been a year since our first Kickstarter. Back in 2019, a group of local comic creators got together to make a comic anthology that showcased the talent in the tri-state area.

After some discussion, we decided it needed a hook. Kat Klockow, who became the editor of the anthology, had worked on a radio show in the past called Paranormal View and it seemed like we could all agree that paranormal and weird Cincinnati was a theme where we could all find stories to tell.

Kat came up with a dossier of topics and we each chose one.

Last year, I did a story about Satan's Hollow.

We also started our podcast last year as a companion to the yearly comic called Hometown Haunts.

Early on, we had Cincinnati Enquirer historian Jeff Suess visit the podcast and he spoke about Laura Pruden, the Price Hill Medium, her consultations with Sir Arthur Conan Doyal of Sherlock Holmes fame, and her connection to the invention of the Magic 8-Ball. I LOVED the story. It was such an interesting story and also revealed a picture of Cincinnati's rich toy history.

I asked Jeff to write a story for me to illustrate for Issue 2 and The Curious Tale of the Price Hill Medium and the Invention of the Magic 8-Ball is the result!

There are 5 other great stories in this year's book too!

The Kickstarter goes LIVE Monday. 

Click here to get a reminder.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

New Patreon Video!

 Join in on the fun of creating my artbook by supporting my Patreon! 

Advanced Digital Painting


Final Painting Demo Week 6-7

This summer, once again I taught Advanced Digital Painting at NKU. It is a deep dive into using pixels as your canvas.

No matter what medium you use, good painting techniques require a good grasp of color theory, drawing, and composition.

Many think that digital art is a shortcut. It is not. Yes, there are some things about it that are easier, especially at the revision phase, but building a good image requires time and vision.

One of the best parts of the class is doing demos.

Here are the rest from summer 2021.

Watch timelapses of the demos here!

Week 1 Potion of Flying

Week 1 Lute of Thunder

Week 2 Being in a Landscape

Week 3 Using Reference

Week 4 Landscapes

20 Minute Landscape

Week 5 Portrait of Loki

Friday, August 6, 2021

Interview for NKU

NKU has been working for a while to have an animation program.

This fall, the major is an offering from the school. I am excited to have my fall class about sequential illustration as a part of the curriculum!

I have worked with NKU since 2013 and really enjoy working with the students and faculty.

I recently did an interview about the new program.

Monday, July 5, 2021

Sketchy Art Book


I have been asked for years if I would do a sketch art book. My schedule is so crazy that it is hard to fit this kind of project in. 

I plan to Kickstart the book in Spring 2022 but to get the ball rolling to put it together, I am starting a Patreon. 

It has tiers to get the book and see some behind-the-scenes stuff putting it together and some of the tiers include sketch commissions of your choice!


The first person to back my Patreon will get a little pet sketch of their favorite furry companion!

Central Park-The city is growing so fast that every sketch has a new cityscape!

Dijon, France in 2018

Eriz Valley in Switzerland 2018

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Ohioana Virtual Book Festival: See my panel on Friday, April 23rd!

Join Mazza Museum's Ben Sapp to discuss "Writing & Illustrating Picture Books" with some of Ohio's best writer-illustrators of children's books, including Christina Wald, Tim Bower, Lindsay Ward, and Terri Libenson. 

This Ohioana Book Festival panel is LIVE and ONLINE, Fri Apr 23 at 3PM. Sign up via EventBrite:

If you missed the live conversation, rewatch here:

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

TOGETHER at Light Grey Art Lab


Materializing Spirits

I did this piece for Light Grey Art Lab's TOGETHER Residency Exhibition inspired by my artist residency in Norway.

We were Team Huldra. A Huldra is a tree spirit similar to a dryad. I love similar folklore. Humans have many common memories...

The framed print is for sale here.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Books make great gifts!


You can get a huge assortment of my books signed through Inscribed Books & Gifts. Not only are you supporting an awesome local book store but shipping by media mail is free! 😁☃️

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Hometown Haunts Podcast is now on iTunes!

 As you know, in addition to starting my own publishing company called Corpse Flower Press to put out our yearly comic anthology, Cincinnati Cabinet of Curiosities, we also started a podcast.

That podcast is now on iTunes!

Like and subscribe!

Corpse Flower Press Logo

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Chateau Orquevaux Artist Residency

Chateau Orquevaux

In all the Kickstarter madness, I neglected to post that I have been offered an artist residency at Chateau Orquevaux. It will be 4 weeks probably in summer 2022 since it seems like travel is unlikely sooner.

I love France and cannot wait to spend a month creating work there. A couple friends have also applied so I hope we can coordinate!

I spent a month in France in 2018 and look forward to being there again. It is so inspiring!

More as it develops!

Monday, October 5, 2020

Cincinnati Cabinet of Curiosities


My first Kickstarter ever is live!!! I even made a flaming skull graphic to celebrate!
This is such a cool book; I CANNOT wait to share it! You are supporting some wonderful Cincinnati artists if you back us and will learn about some really interesting and scary Cincinnati lore!
Artists include:
Thomas O Miller (front cover), Eamon Hill (Back Cover), Tim Fuller, Rodney Fyke, Jay Kalagayan, Kat Klowkow (editor), Dylan Speeg, Brandon Wagner, and Christina Wald (protect manager)!

See the video here:

I did the story on Cincinnati's urban legend about Satan's Hollow! It has everything! Ghosts, flaming skulls, shadow men, and a dash of satanic panic!

Here is an article about our comic in the Cincinnati Enquirer: