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





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.

https://spectrumnews1.com/ky/louisville/news/2021/07/26/nku-students-learning-animation#



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!

SUPPORT IT HERE!

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: https://tinyurl.com/sr82asve

If you missed the live conversation, rewatch here: