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May the Fourth Festivities
Monday, April 30, 2018
This has become a Cincinnati illustrator premiere event! Art from CF Payne, David Michael Beck, Jim Effler, Carl Samson, Richard Luchek, Kevin Necessary, Christina Wald, Amy Bogard, Sarah Rocheleau, Anthony "Tank" Mansfield, Sara Leah Miller, Jaimie Filer, Tim Fuller, Michael Colbert, Chris Reiff and many more!

Hope to see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/210023729591325/

K + R Shipping So Hard by Christina Wald

"I'm One With The Force. The Force Is With Me." Chirrut Îmwe by Christina Wald
 We are also doing more community outreach this year and are having our first kids art show!



Allison from the Walnut Hills Library holding up one of my sketches

We kicked that off with teaching how to draw aliens and droids at the Walnut Hills Public Library. Somehow, we ended up drawing spaceships too.
How to draw an angry wookie in 6 steps...

Allison, Kevin, Tim, Christina
Drawing sheets from our event



More Ohioana
Sunday, April 08, 2018

The poster art I did for the 2018 Ohioana Book Festival is also the cover for the spring issue of their quarterly magazine with a little write up. Hope to see you in Columbus next Saturday!

Ohioana Book Festival Poster
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I am so excited I got to work on the Ohioana Book Festival this year!

From the website: "The Ohioana Library Association was founded in 1929 by Ohio First Lady Martha Kinney Cooper to collect, preserve, and promote the works of Ohio authors, artists, and musicians. By the early 1930s the Library had outgrown its space in the Governor’s Mansion and moved into the new State Office Building at 65 S. Front Street, where it remained until 2001. Ohioana and the State Library of Ohio then moved to the renovated Jeffrey Mining Corporate Center near downtown Columbus. Today the Library’s holdings include more than 45,000 books by or about Ohioans; 10,000 pieces of sheet music; biographical files on notable Ohioans; personal papers of Ohio authors and artists; and numerous scrapbooks created by Ohio civic and cultural organizations. The collection does not circulate, but is available for in-library use."

I saw their previous year's posters and loved how open the design requirements were.

I did five concepts:























 I flirted with two different directions. Ohio has always been very active in the space program and I thought that could be a possibility. I also came up with a couple weird animal ideas I did not think they would ever go for. I was super excited when they chose this idea.

Final concept sketch

Process gif
Final art:
Final poster art




Holiday Card 2017
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday! Let's make the world a better place in 2018...

The card features the triskelion, Celtic symbol for progress, personal growth and improvement.

I did not think I would get a card done this year but I got an urge to draw a unicorn!


Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant on NSTA Trade Book List and Best STEM Book of 2018 List
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
I am so excited that the book I illustrated for Arbordale Publishing, Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant written by Songju Ma Daemicke is an NSTA Outstanding Trade Book, a list coordinated with the Children's Book Council and National Science Teachers Association.

The book was really a delight to illustrate. It is an engaging story and I loved researching costume and architecture for it's ancient Chinese setting.



UPDATE: It also just confirmed as a 2018 Mathical Honor Book and 2018 Notable Social Studies Trade Book













UPDATE: Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant was also selected as a Best STEM BOOK for 2018 by the NSTA and CBC in addition to best trade book! A double honor! http://static.nsta.org/pdfs/2018BestSTEMBooks.pdf



UPDATE 2:

We made School Library Journal's

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Ten – 2017 Math Picture Books



http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production/2017/12/10/31-days-31-lists-day-ten-2017-math-picture-books/


















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