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:

Friday, May 24, 2013

5/24/12 - Heroes Con 2013

Great Comic Convention coming up next month! Heroes Con June 7-9 in Charlotte NC! Classy show that focuses on the creators! Great line up of guests and quality programming! Met Shawn Crystal there back in 2007 - he was presenting for SCAD at Heroes Con's great "how to" line up!

Saturday, January 05, 2013

1/4/13 - January CCG Meeting/Workshop Sunday the 27th

Out with the Old and in with the New!

Happy New Year! 

Let's hope the Mayans are right (this time) about thirteen being a lucky number! We will be having a full three hour CCG meeting/workshop this month! New and old are welcome, and as always all meeting are free and open to the public. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

Location: Large Conference Room, Beaumont Branch, Lexington Public Library, 3080 Fieldstone Way, Lexington, KY 40513

Tell everyone you are coming on Facebook!

January 27th 2013 CCG Meeting/Workshop - Tentative Agenda:

Community Announcements -

  • The Lexington Drawing and Painting Group on MeetUp - a new collaborative venture with other area arts groups. Another way to get the word out about local arts events, classes and opportunities! Think of it as arts clearing house. Might be the virtual start for a Student Art League in this area! Last month we co-hosted a Themed Life Drawing (TLD) event: Zoe from the Firefly/Serenity universe of Joss Whedon! 
  • Lexington Comic & Toy Convention is a multimedia show highlighting mainstream comics - coming March 16 & 17 in downtown Lexington. Do we want to get a table? Do we want to have something (mini comic anthology or group sketchbook) ready for then? Do we want to present, as in a panel? Do we want to set up a talk/demo/workshop with one the pro guests coming to Lexington? 
  • SPACE (Small Press and Alternative Comic Expo) is geared to the independent comics producer and consumer - coming up April 13 & 14 in Columbus OH. Another great opportunity to set up at a table and promote the CCG, collective work and individual work by the members!

Educational Activities -

  • Comics project - Work on/show work for Dark Horse Comics Ghost Script (will everyone have something ready by then - or do we start the process at the meeting? Who needs some help getting started? Does everyone have an idea of how to work from a script? If not let me know - I have lot's of how to material that may give you some ideas. 
  • Themed Life Drawing - if we can pull it together (model and costume) my idea is to have a real life "Ghost" that we can all use for making a character sheet/model sheet for Ghost. This is what you use as a guide for drawing your characters - serves to keep you consistent in your depiction of the costume and character likeness. 

Networking Opportunities -

  • Business Card Swap - learn more about each other and how to get and keep in contact 
  • Sample or Tear Sheet Exchange - cartoonists, illustrators, caricature artists, storyboard artists, entertainment design artists - show us your skills! 
  • Mini Comic/Zine Trade - from xeroxed miniature comics to oversize full color magazines - mini comics are short run publications - likely 1000 copies or less (does not describe size or page count ). If you have 'em - bring 'em! Trade, barter or sell to our assemblage!