Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sketching Visit to Raptor Inc.

My name is Earl... The initial owners of this bird though she was a he.
My friend Kelly and I have been talking about going to Raptor, Inc where she volunteers for a long time. I have been so busy that it was very difficult to coordinate.

Finally, we were able to get together a couple weeks ago.

It is a wonderful facility. I really enjoyed taking in all the birds there. Sylvester, the Great Horned Owl and Earl, the Turkey Vulture were my particular favorites.

I did some quick ink studies there (it was a little too cold for me to paint outside) and did some watercolor/acrylic sketches later.

Some quick ink studies
Sylvester, silent and watchful...

Monday, December 16, 2013

Gentleman's Gentlecat and Budapest

Since it has been too cold to sketch outside, I am sketching from some photos I took of the parliament building in Budapest in 2008.
It is a fascinating city. It almost looks like something out of a fantasy landscape with giant statues popping up all over in almost Númenórean ways.

Our gentleman’s gentlecat is finally getting his due! Our tuxedo cat Spike...

Knee deep in book trailers and my next picture book. Enjoy these offerings from the sketchbook!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Blue Marble Saturday and Llama Study

Chester the llama says shop locally! (Quick llama study)
If you are shopping in Northern Kentucky this Saturday, stop by Blue Marble Children's Bookstore.

I will be signing books from 2 until 4!

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

One More NYC Sketch: Brooklyn

Sketch of the entrance to Prospect Park in Brooklyn (the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch). My second cousin owns a restaurant a couple blocks away called Sun in Bloom. (There are restaurant pics in the earlier post...)

We strolled in the park for several hours.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

KRAMPUS: Arts Market & Music Fest

I will be selling art at a Krampus Fest tonight. If you are in the area, Stop by!
These are some of the pieces I will have at the show.
Info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1377960739107095/

I will also be in The Art of War Competition.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sketching Cars, Cats and Findley Market

Miffy is always a star!
I have been super-swamped all week. Finally I had a break in the action to sketch.

I was inspired to do this sketch after seeing Simon Tofield (of Simon's Cat fame) speak at Joseph Beth Booksellers.

Also, I did this car sketch as a study for my next Ultimate Sinister comic. It is a little late for the time period by 30 years, but I love the design.

Finally, I got out in the field to sketch yesterday with my friend Amy. We went to a good indoor location at Findley Market.

Fortunately, I am not cooking a Thanksgiving dinner this year and was free to observe the frantic purchasing of comestibles.

We we comfortable seated in the eating area next to the taco stand.
Vine video: https://vine.co/v/hF3jmVhPrQF

Photo by Amy Bogard of me sketching

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sketch at the Cincinnati Observatory

I sketched the Cincinnati Observatory after lunch yesterday… Great buildings… It reminded me of the paintings I had to do of the old Harvard Observatory for the Annie Jump Cannon book I illustrated.

I hope to go inside and sketch sometime.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Waiting Sketch

Sketch done while waiting for friends to go to a show at the CAC Sunday. This is the recently revamped Nicholson’s complex next to the 21C Hotel. I got there early to sketch. It was a bit cold so I had to head inside and finish.

Going to need to start looking for inside locations...

Saturday, November 2, 2013

NYC Sketches

Sitting on the west side of Central Park
Sitting on the east side of Central Park
Sitting in Union Square
We lucked out with the weather during out visit and I was able to get out several times to sketch.

Here are Vine videos of all three locations:

We also went to see the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show opening. I have always wanted to go to one and this was amazing! We also had dinner there.It is fun to imagine all of the famous illustrators that have had drinks in the bar there over the years.

We also went to Park Slope in Brooklyn to try a vegan restaurant owned by my second cousin Aimee called Sun in Bloom. The food was fantastic!

We also walked around the neighborhood. It is a lovely area.

Anyway, now madly playing catch up and atoning for my time off.

Aimee took this picture. We are towards the back where they were filming a reality show.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Spooky... Back From NYC

Two snakes discuss keeping cool is A Cool Summer Tail

I just got back from trip to visit my brother and his family in NYC.

I plan to post the sketches I did soon, but as usual, I come back to a pile of deadlines so I will atone properly for my time off.

Anyway, even if this image from A Cool Summer Tail is not Halloween-specific, many find snakes spooky. (No offense garter snakes...)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

A day of sketching at Eagle Bend Alpaca Farm!

This one had great markings

Last weekend, Vanessa and I got out to sketch alpacas at the Eagle Bend Alpaca Farm in Burlington, KY as a birthday treat.

They are such beautiful animals with amazing variation in coat color. I love their pompadours.

Some gestures in ink...

A group feeding...
The tip of the alpaca iceberg

I also saw a furry alpaca hat I will have my eye on when I return...

It is a perfect place for a plein air set up with the old barns and rolling hills.

Next time...

Friday, September 27, 2013

Children's Book Illustration Art Show!!

Join us for the opening of the Children's Book Illustration Art Show at the Sharonville Fine Arts Center in The Westheimer Gallery on Friday October 4th from 6-8pm

Viki Woodworth, Tammie Lyon, Christina Wald, Jeffrey Ebbeler and Vanessa Sorensen will be displaying their illustrations that have been used in children’s books.

The show will be up until October 27th and each weekend there will be special events with the illustrators, including live drawings, crafts, story times, mazes and more!

RSVP on the Facebook event page:


Come and bring your kids to our special events each Saturday at the gallery!

October 5th, 11 am: Tammie Lyon and Jeffrey Ebbeler will do a Live Drawing and Painting event, plus story-time!

October 12th, 11 am: Christina Wald will do a Live Drawing and Storytime event!

October 19th, 11 am: Viki Woodworth and Vanessa Sorensen will do a Jokes, Mazes and Storytime event!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

Wordsworth and the Dragon Update

The LAST illustration... More adventures soon? Of course the book ends with a game night!
All the art is done, the book is funded and now Scotti Cohn and I are at the CreateSpace "trial of fire" portion of our journey.

We will have an update once soon on when the book will be available.

The King's Guard... Maybe we will see them again?
Final cover design...

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Westwood Library Annex Sketch

Westwood Library Annex
Detail from odd frieze over the door. We could spend days sketching this place.
I have had my eye on this building to sketch for a while(only a mile or so from my house), so Vanessa and I had a beautiful day to check it out.

It is cram packed with sculptural details. We call is the angry baby building due to the prevalence of the unhappy looking cherub faces.

Angry Cherub Exhibit A

Cherub Exhibit B

I hope this building is still being used. It looked pretty deserted. It could have been closed. There was a Mad Cap Puppet sign in the window, maybe they bought it?

If no one is using it,  I want to live there.

Vine video: https://vine.co/v/heFnAzljj63

Faun and cherub detail

Lovely non-cherub detail

Monday, August 19, 2013

Trip to the Cincinnati Zoo and Other Animal Sketches

We saw these llamas in Missouri...
 I have a couple books about animals coming up, so I have been going to the zoo and other animal places to take pictures and sketch.

Sorry this is not a wordier post, I am still beyond swamped pretty much through the end of the year.

Snow leopard sketch from the Cincinnati Zoo… These are such weird cats. This one would come to the fence, touch it with both paws and chew on her left paw, limping off on the other three. At the Bronx Zoo a couple years ago, one was staring at the toddlers looking in by the fence and chewed on her tail… They seem to be frustrated by close but inaccessible prey.

A selection of ink gesture sketches...

Starting to think about bison??!!
And owls...

Friday, August 9, 2013

Sketching at St. Mary's Basilica

Vanessa and I sketched a bit of flying buttress action at the St. Mary’s Basilica in Covington. It is like visiting a European cathedral in Kentucky.

It was a gorgeous day to be out. It felt like September rather than the usual 90s in August. Here is a vine video: https://vine.co/v/hbgZbr2MlvB

Also, there is a wonderful Duveneck mural inside the cathedral; definitely worth a visit.

This sign was outside the cathedral. It made me laugh for some reason, high and quaveringly...

I expected it to say "spiritual surveillance..."

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Live Art and Steampunk

I realized today I totally forgot to post this on my blog even though it is hovering around in cyberspace in other parallel universes. I started this sketch at a live art event at The Drinkery with the Ghost Empire Collective several weeks ago after I did this goat painting.

 I really like the design of a lot of steampunk stuff although I have to admit that the portrayal of steampunk fandom in The Guild made me laugh.

Anyway, I am behind a little bit here compared to my other art spots, but that will be fixed soon. I have a lot of sketches and new art.

Our next Live Art session is on September 6th. I will post info here.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Memorial Hall from Washington Park and On the Radio

A lot has been going on lately, so a quickie post. Vanessa and I went to Washington Park a couple weeks ago to sketch. I did Memorial Hall and she sketched the renovated buildings next to it.

It was a hot day to sketch and we were mercilessly pestered by a bitey fly, but at least we missed the gigantic pop-up storm that hit as I drove home.

In other news, I participated in a Children's Book Illustration discussion with Will Hillenbrand, Loren Long, and Tara Calahan-King that will aired last Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 7:00 am on WKRQ-FM (101.9) & WYGY-FM (97.3) and at 6:00 am on WUBE (105.1) & WREW-FM (94.9) 
 The show is Sunday Morning Magazine with Rodney Lear.
I will post a link to the audio when I can. It was a good discussion and we were all chatty in a podcast way rather than a radio way so Rodney had to do a bit of trimming. It is so hard to be concise when answering questions and one always thinks of what one SHOULD have said later.