Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Sketchy Talk

 

I started a podcast for my Patreon as I was working on my art book, SKETCHING HERE & EVERYWHERE: MY SKETCHING OBSESSION.

It has been fun talking to other artists and sketchers about sketching, sketchbooks, and creativity.

Since the book will be shipping in March, I am refocusing my Patreon on new publishing projects and will continue the podcast since it is so fun.

Here are the first five episodes. 

Join my Patreon for the latest and to see a sneak peek into my publishing ventures!


Sunday, December 25, 2022

Happy Christmas and New Year!

 


Merry Christmas from the Yule Cat Lads: Conan the Destroyer and Thundarr Thunderpaws!

From me, Troy and Miffy too. She chose not to be illustrated with the boys.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

New Shop!

 


People were so interested in the mini-palettes Troy and I developed, that I have them available to order online.

Get one here.


Here is a little video I did with my friend Vanessa about loading your palette.


You can also still pre-order my book on sketching. 

SKETCHING HERE & EVERYWHERE: MY SKETCHING OBSESSION

Shipping in March

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Final Week


 It has been a whirlwind! Even though the book is funded, the Kickstarter lasts for one more week!


We have unveiled some cool SKETCH goals! I really hope we unlock the $10.000 one for the PDF booklet on palettes. I am already experimenting.

I am also donating a tree for each backer through One Tree Planted. They are a non-profit dedicated to reforestation. My friend Ryan Claytor did it for his Kickstarter and it is a fantastic idea!









I was on WVXU this week talking about Sketching Here & Everywhere and Books by the Banks. I will be there Saturday. Stop by!  

I also have a show opening at Columbia Plaza on October 17th from 4-6.

Hope to see you there!





Saturday, November 5, 2022

Alp Nik

 


My latest book from Werd & Weber just came out! 


I did not know a lot about mountain climbing until I illustrated this book. I watch a lot of videos about climbing gear on YouTube and climbing disasters. The topic is so interesting and so was Ueli Steck. He was in the league with Alex Honnold as far as climbing and was an amazing athlete.💪🗻
The book is in German if you are wondering.😊



Sunday, October 23, 2022

Sketching Here & Everywhere: My Sketching Obsession

 


The Kickstarter for my book launches this week! 

Here is a sneak peek at the video. The footage was shot by Tony Moorman and the music is by Hans Wald.





You will be able to pre-order here: mysketchingobsession.com 

Add your email address to the mailing list to get notified when it is available for pre-order.

We also will have this mini-palette available with the book that my husband Troy and I developed.




Mini-palette in action!


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 little 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

SIGN UP TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN IT IS AVAILABLE!

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 https://cincinnatiartclub.org/ 

If you are interested or would like more information, email Christine Kuhr at ckuhr1522@yahoo.com 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

 


FIRST DEPOSIT IS DUE NOVEMBER 30; WE ARE LIMITED TO 20 GUESTS!

Write ioana.travels2@gmail.com for additional materials and to arrange the deposit.










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

Trip details: http://christinawald.blogspot.com/p/urban-sketching-2022-tour-with-ioana.html

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: http://christinawald.blogspot.com/search/label/Romania






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! https://youtu.be/EazxqAT1mCI

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