Wednesday, April 29, 2015

4/28/15 - Jeremy Miller Class at Preston Arts in Louisville KY

Great Class and Instructor in Louisville:
Preston Arts Center Inc
Art Center
Address: 3048 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
Phone:(502) 454-9954

Drawing Studio with Jeremy Miller
# 9946
May 1-June 5
6 classes/ $120
plus supplies

Monday, March 23, 2015

2015 Spectrum Fantastic Art Live

There used to be the Illustrators Annuals that served as a "yellow pages" of artists for Art Directors to peruse for job if you want into the Science Fiction/Fantasy art market you need to be published in Spectrum. This is the show/con for that group - a one of a kind show. Make business contacts, meet peers, attend lectures and workshops. Highly recommended

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What to Expect at the CCG Booth at the 2015 Lexington Comic & Toy Convention

We will have some guest artists at our booth (3053) during the LCTC this weekend! (All times are subject to change)

Friday - March 13th, 2015 - Show Hours: 6-9pm for VIP Ticket holders
  • TBA

Saturday- March 14th, 2015  - Show Hours: 9am VIP 10am - 6pm
  • 10:00-11:30 AM - Herald-Leader illustrator Chris Ware (Signing copies of some his cartoon work) Family friendly
  • 11:45 -1:00 PM - EKU Video Game Institute Professor George Landon (describing the game development program in Richmond)
  • 2:00-3:30 PM -  Sculptor Luke Eldridge (Demo of how to make superhero figures out of pipe cleaners) Great for kids of all ages
Sunday - March 15th, 2015 - Show Hours: 9am VIP 10am - 4pm
  • TBA
We will also display/ distribute info about:
  • CCG Group activities (past workshops, CCG Themed Life Drawing Sessions (CCG TLD)
  • Self Study Educational options
  • College and Universities Programs for cartoonists, animators. illustrators, and entertainment design programs

Friends and Members of the CCG setting up at LCTC 2015

Make sure to come out and visit these CCG members and friends at this weekend's Lexington Comic & Toy Convention!
  • Justin Stewart - Booth 1003
  • Tressa Bowling - Booth 1002
  • Kenn Minter - Near Mint Press - Booth 901
  • Jenny Stead - Booth 1109
  • Sam Greenwell - Booths 707 & 708
  • Mark Kidwell - Booth 91
  • R D Hall - Booth 603
  • Ray Coffman - Quarantine Comics - Booths 1005 & 1006
  • Stevie Moore - Studio Spectre - Booth 815
  • Billy Tackett - Booth 82
  • Chuck Moore - Comic Related - Derby City Con - CompleteSet Booths 1103 and 3002 respectively
  • Craig Boldman - Booth 77

And come upstairs to Booth 3053 for the CCG  - we will have info about the group and several guest artists presenting and or demonstrating their work throughout the weekend!

Here is a link to the excellent floor plan page for the LCTC web site - cans search by name to find the folks you want see at the show!

Sunday, March 08, 2015

2015 Lexington Comic & Toy Convention this week!

Get ready folks, because this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (March 13-15th, 2015) at the Lexington Convention Center in downtown Lexington, Kentucky you will be able to meet local and national level comic creators, actors, cosplayers and comics/toy vendors in one place!

This will be the fourth year for this show and if past years are any indicator expect a great pop culture experience! As stated before, prior to this show you had to drive hours to get this level of guests and vendors. Jarrod continues to work very hard to make this show better each year!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

10/31/13 - BOO! Scary Stuff: Don't Miss Out on 2013 OSU Festival of Cartoon Art!

It only comes around every three I'm not talking about Halloween (which is rescheduled this year due to impending storms and high wind) - I am talking about the Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum's Festival of Cartoon Art.

Add to this that this is also the Grand Opening of the new home for the library and museum in the newly renovated and spacious Sullivant Hall! A once in a lifetime event!

The Festival is a triennial event that has been in existence since at least 1983 and consistently brings together an impressive group of guests from academia, comics, syndicated comic strips and illustration (many of whom are members of the National Cartoonists Association or NCS) together to celebrate, discuss and postulate on the topic of comics and cartoon art and creators. We have Curators Lucy Shelton Caswell and now Jenny Robb (along with numerous hard working library/museum staff) to thank for hosting and organizing these incredible festivals, sure to delight even the most worldly comics and cartoon aficionado.

If you missed the deadline for the main forum registration, don't despair,  you can still join in this year events by attending the academic conference or by getting ala carte tickets (cheap $5) to some of the individual programs!! Here is a complete list of programs and events

If you have never heard of this comics and cartoon mecca in have missing out on an incredible treasure - here is an excerpt from their website regarding their history:
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum was established in 1977 in two converted classrooms in the Journalism Building with the founding gift of artwork and papers of alumnus Milton Caniff. Its collections of original art and manuscripts have been built primarily through gifts-in-kind. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is now the largest and most comprehensive academic research facility documenting printed cartoon art. Administratively it is part... read more
Contact info:

The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210-1393
Telephone: (614) 292-0538
Fax: (614) 292-9101

Friday, October 25, 2013

10/27/13 - October 2013 CCG Meeting/Worskhop & FREE TLD

This Sunday at the Beaumont Branch of the Lexington Public Library we will be having a formal meeting for the first time in several months! Please come out and join us - should be a lot of fun! Free and open to the any interested parties (children under 14 should be accompanied by an adult).
Facebook event link:

Times: 1:30-4:30 pm (TLD only from 2:30-4:30pm, approximate times)

Location: Large conference room, Beaumont Branch of Lexington Public Library

Meeting Topics: 
Current events, share recent works, CCG publications, independent distribution network, upcoming events: OSU Billy Ireland Comics Museum and Library grand re-opening and 2013 Festival of Comic Art (including talk with the Hernandez Brothers), 2014 Lexington Comic & Toy Con, Bob McLeod Comic Art Workshops in March, 2014 (right before and after the LC&TC) link to 2012 workshop with Bob.

Workshop Topics: 
Ghost tryout story from Dark Horse Comics, prep to complete a sample 4-page story, including reference drawing/photography for Ghost Character (Themed Life Drawing session*), luxury SUV and warehouse district (location sessions)

Our first formal meeting in several months - new and old members - or just the curious are welcome to attend. FREE "Ghost" Themed Life Drawing session.

*Drawing session will start around 2:30 pm - all artists are welcome and may attend just that portion of the CCG meeting if they like.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

9/29/13 - CCG Themed Life Drawing (TLD) - Long Pose - Sultan's Harem

Continuing in our initiative (see the CCG TLD tab) to create more diverse drawing and learning opportunities for all artists - The Lexington KY Comic Creators Group  (CCG) is hosting a Themed Life Drawing (TLD)  event with  the cooperation and support of the UK Community Arts program this Sunday, September 29th from 1-4pm. The event will be held in one the studios on the 2nd floor of the Reynolds Building #1.  (Follow the posted signs or call ahead for exact details.)

Long Pose - Sultan's Harem Theme - UK Reynolds Building - Sunday S9/29/13 - 1-4pm - All Mediums Welcome*
* Mediums that will be SAFE in an enclosed space

2011, Jonathan Gilpin,
Pitt Markers size?
Date: Sunday 9/29/13 1pm-4pm
Location: UK Reynolds Building #1, drawing or painting studio 2nd floor
Cost: $ 8-7 adults, $5 students
Format: clothed, 10 minutes of short exploratory poses, 5 minute setup, 2-1/2 hour pose with three 5 minute breaks - long pose drawing, painting or sculpture  - possible extension of pose for 2nd session if there is support, photos taken with model's approval and willingness to share with host
Theme: Sultan's boudoir, model in belly dancer costume, hookah, large potted palms, candles, Persian rugs, pillows, tapestries, fainting couch, Moorish pattern screens, lighting, soundtrack
Budget: model fees: $45, props $:0-45
Technical Assistance: prop collection, lighting, audio - Teresas, Melissa, Farhad, Mike, Matt Cooper
Contacts: Tony Roccanova, Jonathan Gilpin

Updcoming CCG TLDs:
I propose these two days** and possibly two costume/themes: (note both will be clothed modeling sessions, based upon the models preferences- and appropriate for !4+ years of age artists)
**If you have other ideas for themes or venues - please tell me! Would like to get these happening on a monthly basis - next up would be October (Halloween Theme) and November (Thanksgiving, Football, or Pilgrim Theme)

CCG Themed Life Drawing - Dark Horse Comics Ghost 

December 2012, Katie as Ghost,
photo by Mike Burrell
Date: Sunday 10/27/13, 2:30 -4:30pm
Location: Beaumont Branch, Lexington Public Library
Cost: Free Event
Format: clothed, short poses, 1 min -15 min, drawing and sketching
Theme: Comic Book character portrayal with Katie as Ghost (tie into try out script Ghost script from Dark Horse Comics or aspiring comic artists?) fan, lights
Budget: model fees: $30 ( costume, $0 (already made/assembled)
Contacts: Jonathan Gilpin

CCG Themed Life Drawing - Dark Horse Comics Ghost 

2013, Jonathan Gilpin,
india ink and wash, 19" x 25"
Date: Sunday, 11/17/13 evening (exact time TBA)
Location: TBD (Jonathan to host)
Cost: $ 8-7 adults, $5 students
Format:  clothed 1, 2, 5, 10, 15 minute poses, 30 minute poses, 45-60 minute pose sketching and drawing
Theme: Movie Re-enactment of Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Katie as lead Femme Fatale
Budget: model fees: $45, costume: $0 (already made/assembled)
Props: 60's era stuff, motorcycle, switchblade, tire chains, male motorcycle gang member victim for Katie to hold down {John Howard?}
Contacts: Jonathan Gilpin

If you are interested in modeling, drawing, or helping with staging, makeup, cosutming or props please contact me!

Email (lexkyccg"at"gmail"dot" com), phone (859) 276-5528 or text message me Jonathan Gilpin (859) 699-8640. Also watch our facebook page (or join our private group), CCG Coordinators's events on my facebook page and listings on The Lexington Drawing & Painting Group on for more info and further artistic opportunities!

UDPATE: 10/28/13 Long Pose - Sultan's Harem Theme

2013, Mike Burrell, media?, size?
Here a few images from the Harem Boudoir TLD from a few weeks back:

We ended up having about a 2-hour long pose. The abundance of textures and surfaces was quite challenging!

Looking forward to our next long pose! As an artist you definitely need to strategize your approach differently than from shorter poses. If we extend the poses even longer to allow sculptors to join the session then that changes it even more!

Link to group gallery: