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:

Friday, October 2, 2020

Cover Reveal of my Next Picture Book!


The cover of my next picture book was just revealed! The story is so sweet!

Read about the design here:

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Cabinet of Curiosities Hometown Haunts


As you know, I have been working on a comic anthology between deadlines. We are Kickstarting it in October! 

We love the subject matter so much that we started a podcast about all things regionally paranormal and beyond!

The first episode drops tonight at midnight!

Subscribe to our channel and listen!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Preorder A Wish for Pangolin

A Wish for Pangolin from San Diego Zoo Global is available for preorder from my favorite local bookseller, Inscribed Books & Gifts and the books can also be signed!😊

Friday, April 10, 2020

Interview with Studio 56

I recently was interviewed by Brenda Murray with Studio 56 about children's book illustration.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy New Year

The year has started with a bang! An image from A Warm Winter Tail by Carrie Pearson and published by Arbordale is in the Mazza Museum of International Picture Books 2020 calendar!. I could not be more excited!

Calendar Cover

November is now my month!

Also, I do have a holiday card this year, it is just really late...

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

New Book: Bia endeckt Afrika

I have another book from Werd & Weber out. It was my second all watercolor book. I really enjoyed illustrating it.

The author is Bea Petri and is about her experiences in Burkina Faso where she started a school.

Info about that is here:

Order here:

Sunday, September 29, 2019

After Effects Fun

I have wanted to learn how to work in After Effects for years. 

I finally am dipping my toes in the water with this book trailer for Macarroned on a Dessert Island and an intro video for my webcomic, Embrace the Crone.

It turns out that it is not much different than working in Adobe Premiere Elements but with more stuff.

Support my Patreon here:

Monday, September 2, 2019

Sketch Trip to Ireland in June 2020

Vanessa Sorensen and I are conducting a sketch tour of Ireland in June 2020. Join us! Space is limited to 9 guests.

If you are like me and have a serious castle obsession, this trip is for you!

Get info here:

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Sketch Diary: Light Grey Art Lab Residency And Norway!

Bergen from the top of the hill, the goat's name is Festus

My interpretation of a Huldra, a type of siren in Norweigian folklore

I recently went on Light Grey Art Lab's Norway residency at part of Team Huldra. It was an amazing experience and an excuse to meet a bunch of wonderful creatives.

After the residency, my mom and cousins met me in Bergen for more exploration. 

When I got back, I thought I did not do much sketching until I counted them. I did 32 sketches over 17 days!

Freya and her cat chariot, June 3rd
The spectacular train ride from Oslo to Bergen

Studies from the train, June 4th
Bergen at my Air BnB, June 5th
Bus sketch, June 5th
First nature walk, June 5th
Waterfall sketch, June 6th
Sketch from the Ingebrigt Vik Museum in Øystese
Church and Graveyard in Øystese, June 6th
Marina, June 7th

Waiting for the bus, June 7th
Beautiful waterfall. I was actively rained on while doing this sketch. I think it improved it! June 8th
Rune mat I made when we made our own runes, June 9
Last sketch with the LGAL crew, June 10th
Bergen Week
After the residency we explored Bergen.

Fjord tour, June 11th

The iconic harbor, June 11th
Norges Fiskerimuseum, June 12th
Maria Snyder took this picture of me sketching at the Fisheries Museum
Little boat at the fisheries museum, June 12th
Mom and me 

Dinner at FG, June 12th
 Jens Harald Bratlie Edvard Grieg Museum, June 13th

We got to see a wonderful piano performance at the Edvard Grieg Museum.

The Bryggen, June 13th
St. Mary's, June 13th
Viking boat at Bergen Maritime Museum, June 14th
One of the supercool models at the Maritime Museum, June 14th
Fish Soup at the Zupperia on June 11th
View from our gorgeous Air BnB in Bergen, June 15th
Last sketch in Bergen of one of the Art Museum buildings, June 15th
Bergen was amazing. There was also a music festival going on during our trip. We could hear Robert Plant and Patti Smith performing from our apartment!

Beautiful Bergen sunset!
Our band photo! 
One of my favorite Bergen sketches, June 15th

On to Oslo...

We had a very short time and very quick sketches.

Sketched in Aker Brygge, June 16th
The Folk Art Museum, June 17th
I loved the little houses at the Folk Art Museum. I want to do more studies later.

Adorable houses at the Folk Art Museum!
Mom and me at the Munch Museum
Obligatory Munch The Shriek photo

That was the trip! It was an amazing journey!