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.

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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!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

May the Fourth Episode IV: A New Hope

Leia on the Death Star
This year's May the Fourth Celebration was a huge success. We had some of the best art ever and our first Kids Art Show at the Cincinnati Public Library.

These are the pieces I have in the show. The Leia piece was a digital demo for my NKU illustration students. It can be purchased here and a portion of the proceeds go to Force for Change.

Bea Arthur in Mos Eisley-The Star Wars Holiday Special
I tried out a different painting technique for my Bea Arthur. I have taught along David Michael Beck at the Art Academy for a couple years and designed to try out his mixed media technique for this illustration.

Hanging the art show at Brew House
We did at an interview at WVXU to kick off a week of events.

Me, Richard Luchek, and Kevin Necessary
Me and Kevin Necessary in the radio studio at WVXU
Listen here to the interview:

Here are some shots from the celebration and the judging of the Kid's Art Show.

Amy Bogard, Fluke Skywalker, me, and a Stormtrooper
Me, David Michael Beck, Kevin Necessary, Chris Reiff, and Lisa Soper
with the Best of Show from the Kid's May the Fourth Art Show!
We got over 150 entries to the May the Fourth Kid's Art Show! It was an honor to judge them; so much talent and creativity. Thanks to the Cincinnati Public Library for all their support! The kids' art show will be up until May 11th.

The big kids' show is up at Brew House until June 1st.