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1. Animal Atlas Featured in The Guardian Summer 2014 Best New Children's Books Supplement

The book I illustrated for Bloomsbury written by Anna Claybourne was in a supplement for The Guardian featuring the Best New Children's Books Summer 2014.

Here is a scan of the page. They used one of my favorite spreads.


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2. Sketch Workshop in Chicago


I am finally posting all of my sketches from Chicago. I have been buried since my return in work. (I have some amazing projects on my plate at the moment.)

But, it was wonderful to have a weekend devoted to just sketching and hanging out with wonderful friends.

You can see photos from the seminar here: http://chicagosketchseminar2014.wordpress.com/
and some of the Cincinnati group's photos and sketches here: http://cincyillustrators.blogspot.com/2014/06/urban-sketching-seminar-in-chicago.html

See Vanessa's sketches here: http://nessydesigns.blogspot.com/2014/06/urban-sketchers-chicago-2014.html

My favorite sketch from the weekend. This is the Holy Name Cathedral where Roger Ebert's funeral was held
and her incredible photos here: http://nessydesigns.blogspot.com/2014/06/chiacgo-urban-sketchers-trip-photos.html

Another church on the church architecture tour


Porsche at what the locals called 'Viagra Triangle' which is a good description
Big statue next to the hotel
A bit of sketching between bites of Garrett popcorn
Detail of the facade
Part of the Newberry Library

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3. Sketching Chickens and Swans

Mabel has a spa day
I have a backlog of sketches. I did the above sketch at Amy's house in Amberly Village in my new, beautiful sketchbook made by Vanessa and the other at Miami Whitewater during the long Memorial Day weekend.

I am heading to Chicago this weekend for an urban sketching workshop. Expect many posts soon!

The swan paddle boats at Miami Whitewater. I so want to ride one!

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4. Sketch Outing at Krohn Conservatory

Sketch in my 8x10 Moleskine

Amy Bogard, Vanessa Sorensen and I all went to Krohn Conservatory Friday May 16th to check out the butterfly exhibit and sketch. Check out there sketches at their blogs (their names are linjked.

It was a rainy day out so sketching in the rainforest was just perfect! There are a bunch of caged tropical birds in that area too so we could not resist drawing them.

Vine Video: https://vine.co/v/MXTjEgX1JdO

I have a backlog of sketches to post. More soon!

Curly leaves.

Leaves covered in  rain drops.
 
Wonderful camel bench.

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5. Toronto and TCAF

Where's Wald-o?
I have a bit of a backlog so I am trying to catch up here.

I met Pat Ann and Larry MacDougal in Toronto to sketch and go to TCAF. I had wanted to see this comic convention for a while and it had been a long time since I had been in the area (2011).

We met Friday to check out  Oakville. It is a beautiful town that is starting to become very affluent. There is a ton of new construction there. It is also home to Sheridan College, where they both met and went to school.

We sketched at the marina until we were rained on, but it was so cold that it was good to go inside for coffee.



On Saturday, went to the comic show. My mom traveled with me to spend the day with my Godmother who was her best friend during her college days at Case Western Reserve in the early 60s.

It was amazing and PACKED. It was probably the youngest crowd I have ever seen at a comic convention. We talked about a table at TCAF but I need to do a LOT more comics before that happens...

After the show, we sketched for a while at the Royal Ontario Museum.


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

I love the Chinese lions!


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6. More and More Sketching Around Town

Mushroom House on Erie Ave. built by architect Terry Brown
I have been getting out and enjoying the warmweather when possible.
 
Info about the house: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mushroom_House_%28Cincinnati%29Vine video: https://vine.co/v/MndFLuZxui1

The San Marco at Madison and Woodburn in my mini-sketchbook

Vanessa and I sketched this building from the cafe after a bike ride at Lunken airport. It was a beautiful day to get out.
 
Vine video: https://vine.co/v/MvhwFrE1lJL

Vanessa's sketch is here.

Another sketch in the mini on Harrison Ave.

In Westwood of the First Presbyterian Church while waiting for a friend... The man at the garage across the street said many people come there to draw, paint and take pictures.

Here is a vine on location: https://vine.co/v/MnZOVbz6xZL

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7. April Showers Bring Easter Sketches

My friend Theresa's Easter ducklings

The bunny puts the duckling it his place.
That is the saying isn't it? Hope everyone had a Happy Easter!

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8. Write Up on The Illustrators Market Blog


Patti Gay did a nice write up about me on her illustrators blog. There are some other cool profiles there too so check them out while you are there!

She lives in California now but went to CCAD in Columbus. Check out her site!

http://theillustratorsmarket.blogspot.com/2014/04/christina-wald.html

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9. More Spring Sketches...


Amy, Vanessa and I managed to get out and sketch the cherry blossoms at Spring Grove Cemetery while they were peak. It was a beautiful day. There was also a plein air group out that day, so a lot of painting was going on.

 Here is a vine on location: https://vine.co/v/M5T7vuYrIz5

Also, I forgot to post the Cosmopolitan building sketch from a couple weeks ago. It is a couple doors down from Suder's Art Store and is supposed to be haunted.

It is a beautiful building and it is being renovated for The Brandery. Its windows are incredible!


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10. Sketching at the Newport Aquarium

Poor 80 year old Bravo seemed a little overwhelmed as the exhibit got busier and busier and hid in the corner for a while. He eventually moved into a better sketching pose.


Some sketches from Friday’s Newport Aquarium visit with Amy, Linda and Julie including the new turtle exhibit featuring Bravo the Galapagos turtle.

Here is a Vine video:

https://vine.co/v/MOPTeWOxVhi
Love these crabs!

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11. Easing Very, Very Slowly into Spring


Sketching before seeing Wicked
Although spring is arriving in a sluggish fashion, it has been nice enough to get out here an there. Here are a couple outings.The church next to Washington Park has the wrong date. My desire to move things along was expressed by writing a 4 instead of a 3 on the date. It felt like April that day.

March 14th, not so much... It was WINDY with less sun than I would like when it is in the 50s.

Sketching before seeing Tim's Vermeer

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12. Birthday Card 2014

The rare Angleroar Sea Dragon… I drew it for my nephew’s (belated) birthday card. I usually draw a dragon, but since he was just snorkeling on vacation, I went under the sea.

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13. Sketch Outing at Newport Aquarium

I love the wobbegong!

I went with Amy, Vanessa and Monica for an afternoon of sketching at Newport Aquarium.

Checkout their AMAZING sketches and photos here and here.


They are in the middle of a reconstruction so I am looking forward to their next phase. I love the shark rays. They two are named after my and Vanessa's cats (Spike and Sunshine).

Blurry video of the wobbegong: https://vine.co/v/MKZEiIr57TD
The penguins are always adorable!
A very sociable turtle...
Japanese crabs!

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14. Wishing for Spring


I did this sketch a couple days ago. It looks like it will have the opposite effect of bringing on spring weather... Read the rest of this post

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15. STORYTELLING The Fine Art of Illustration



Since my first post, the show has added illustrators C.F. Payne, Andrew Neyer and Jeffery Ebbeler.

It is going to be a great show! Hope to see you there!

When I dropped off my art today, I ran into Tara Calahan King and Loren Long.

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16. Various Sketches

Little Valentine's Day Sketch
Year of the Horse!
New Ultimate Sinister Character
A lot going on, a couple items from the sketchbook... Read the rest of this post

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17. A Night of Sketching at Modern Makers + The Cincinnati Ballet presents Dance/Draw



I went with my friend Amy to sketch last night at the Modern Makers + The Cincinnati Ballet presents Dance/Draw. We sketched performers from the Cincinnati Ballet.


We mostly did gestures but I did the top sketch when I got home after I looked at my photos.

It was a great event. Lots of wonderful music, drawing and dancing. People of all ages were there. It was cram packed with people!


Gestures

More Gestures

My favorite gesture...
One of the dance demonstrations
Amy and me sketching...

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18. Traveling to Romania in the fall!

The monastery on Aegina Island
Since it is too cold to get out, here is a sketch from some of my photos of Aegina Island off of the coast of Athens, Greece. We went there in 2011.

It was an amazing place! We were visiting a friend who was teaching at a satellite campus there.

This same friend is going on sabbatical in Romania so I plan to visit her in the fall and do a LOT od sketching. I hope to visit some of those lovely medieval villages in Transylvania.

We have not been in Romania since 1998. I am curious about what has changed and what has stayed the same...

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19. Whoooo Goes There! Many Paintings of Owls...




I recently did some illustrations for a book about owls. It was a very enjoyable project and I was given permission to share some of them.

There is something enjoyable about illustrating raptors, owls in particular. Perhaps the attraction is in their big luminous eyes.

The book will not be out for a long time. I will post when they are available.

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20. Story Telling Show at Brazee opening in February

I know it is a little early to post this, but I just got the promo jpg for the Story Telling illustration show I am a part of opening February 22nd at Brazee Street Studios.

I will post more about the event as the show gets closer.

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21. Web Site Redesign

New website coming soon!
My website is in the middle of a redesign so may occasionally be offline while the team at 3Verb work on the last details.

I will let everyone know when the new site is up. It is going to be SO COOL!

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22. Prague and the Ghost Empire Collecte Biweekly Sketch Challenge

Time, Life and Death... The light topic to kick of the year for the Ghost Empire Collective
It is already crazy busy. I am squeezing things in here and there between deadlines. In order to put together a zine, the Ghost Empire Collective is having a biweekly sketch challenge.

Also, this has been done a while but just scanned it in. This is from photos I took in Prague when we visited in 2008.

Entrance to the St. Charles bridge...
Anyway, finishing up my next picture book. I will have stuff to show soon.

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23. More Glorious Samples!

Christmas is continuing for the full 12 days this year. I got galley and advance copies of two of my books out in the next couple of months!

I should have book trailers for Cool Summer Tail and Fort on Fourth Street out soon!

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24. 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...

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25. 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!

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