Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Christina Wald

How did you become an artist?
I really got serious about drawing in junior high and high school when I discovered comics. I loved Elfquest by Wendy Pini and also read Star Wars, Red Sonja, Warlord, Cerebus and Dazzler. My mom also picked up tons of old comic at garages sales and my brother and I loved reading them. 
Did you go to art school?
Yes, I went to University of Cincinnati and got a degree in Industrial Design. 
Was there anyone who influenced you in becoming an artist?I loved comics, books and movies. I am still obsessed with them. I also had an extremely supportive family.  
Is there one or more artists whose work is an influence?
Many! Perhaps my favorite artist is Francisco Goya. Other favorites are Jacques Louis David, Pieter Bruegel, NC Wyeth, Arthur Rackham, Howard Pyle, Gustave Dore, Robert McCloskey, Beatrix Potter, Dora Carrington, Norman Rockwell, Joseph Christian Leyendecker, Wendy Pini, Alphonse Mucha, Frank Frazetta, Michael Whelan, the Brothers Hildebrandt, Winsor McCay, David Wiesner, Jerry Pinkney, Moebius, Hergé and many, many others.
What inspires you?
Almost everything.
I enjoy travel, movies, theater, museums, art exhibitions, books, travel... Getting out and experiencing the world is the most important key to being a good artist and illustrator. Travel and urban/journal sketching are my biggest passions.
Would You like to share your work process?
It depends on the project. I do a lot of animal books so the initial part of the process is getting reference. Sometimes I go to zoos and animal rescue places to take photos and take video and often I check out books and research online to get as much as possible on my subjects. For example, I illustrated a book on elk several years ago for the US Forest Service and The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and went to Montana, Yellowstone and Kentucky to photograph elk. 
After that, it depends on the project. I usually start with thumbnails and concept sketches from there get reference photos needed for the project. It it is for a client, I put together my sketches and send them in for approval. If I am painting them in acrylic, I print the sketches in a light tone on thick Bristol board so I do not lose the vitality of the sketch transferring and paint them.
I ink with a brush or pen for line/comic work and then compile everything digitally.
I also do some final work completely digitally, but still 
sketch on paper.
Are there links where more of your art can be seen?

Web Comic:

Game Art:


I also admin the Cincinnati Illustrators Blog:

What types of markets do you create art for?
Today mostly Children's Books. I also still do industrial design mostly for toy companies and some giftware design
When I got started I used to do work for a lot of RPG and CCG companies. I did a lot of art for West End Games for their Start Wars RPG line (around 13 books). In addition, I did work for CCGs based on Lord of the Rings, Dune, Battletech and others. I also did work for Dragon Magazine.

I have also done artwork for book covers, licensed products, toy packaging... I even have done some animation backgrounds.

Do you do other things regarding art like teaching?
I have taught college level illustration at NKU and have been offered the opportunity to do more at other art schools but my schedule is always so crazy. I am pursuing a couple comic book projects including my web comic Pop Smoothie. I am also working to get another really cool comic project collaboration off the ground.
I am also an obsessive urban sketcher. I get out to sketch whenever I can. 
Do you pursue other creative interests like writing and music? 
I am learning to be a better writer. My biggest interest is to travel as much as possible and sketch. I am going to Romania in September to sketch the Saxon villages in the mountains.
Where can your art be seen? 
My blog has a list of books with links down the left side. There is also a link to toys that are currently available.
            What do you love best about what you do?                                         
I love the variety of fascinating subjects I get to illustrate. One day I am illustrating GI Joe packaging for Hasbro and the next I am illustrating life in Pompeii for Scholastic and the next a book about bats. It is never dull.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Yebin Mun

How did you become an artist?
Actually, I have always loved creative art, painting and drawing from a young age. I remember my happiest times were in art class in my school days. After graduating from university, I worked as a web designer for 6 years. I wasn't enjoying it that much. It wasn't what I love to do.
So I started as a freelance illustrator last year. I am really enjoying drawing work, currently. I knew it was really what I wanted to do and my destiny.

Did you go to art school?
Yes, I graduated in visual communication design from University of South Australia. I was an international student from South Korea. I had found It is really difficult being an overseas student. But I loved classes and met many good professors and friends. It was a memorable experience.

 Was there anyone that influenced you in becoming an artist?
I would have to say my parents influenced me in becoming an artist. I am always grateful to my parents for their sacrifice and believing in me.
The other one is the professor I met when I studied at University. I can't remember his name. Whenever I had a presentation on my project in his class, he complimented it a lot. He just loved my work. I remember he said, “you have a born talent for art.” He encouraged me so much. I was so happy that someone acknowledged my potential.

 Are there one or more artists whose work is an influence?
I have been influenced by so many artists. Moogbee, Nastia Sleptsove, Emma Block, Soo-Choi, Gyeong Yeon, Ryo Takemasa, Kristina, etc. I can't name them all. These people are incredibly talented and phenomenal artists. I discovered their work on books, blogs or magazines. When I saw their work, I just loved it.

 What inspires you?
I am inspired by books, music, fabric, nature, color, flower, food, looking through other artists blogs, textures and many other things. Especially, looking at various blogs, PinterestEtsySpoonflowers is great fun and gives me lots of ideas.

 Would you like to share you work process?
I am a great lover of color. Mostly, it's what drives my work. so whenever I'm working the color is the most important part. I normally research a lot for my project. I look through the other artists work related the project.
Then I work primarily in Photoshop or Illustrator, creating many layers in a single file to composite my final image. It maybe sound strange for you, I draw and sketch a lot in Photoshop. It makes it easier and quicker to change colors or shapes for me. I've been working digitally pretty much since I graduated university.

Are there links where more of you art can be seen?
Yes, I do have a blog . Also you can see my portfolio at Pinterest.
I don't Facebook as much as I'd like, but I will do a post whenever I have new items.


What types of markets do you create art for?
I am fairly new to markets.I am preparing my portfolio focused on covers, books, editorial, pattern, and stationery. But there is no limit to what I'd like to do.
I would love to see my illustration or pattern on as many products as possible. I would love to have a good chance to do it

Do you do other things regarding art like teaching?
Right now my time is spent freelancing. I would love to get involved in teaching when the right opportunity presents itself to me.

Do you pursue other creative interests like writing or music?
I love music and singing. Sometimes I play guitar and sing. But I am not as good as a professional musician.

Where can your art be seen? Is it on products, books, etc?
You will find my fabric on a website called REAL FABRIC. Here is address.

What do you love best about what you do?
I just love being able to do what I love to do. And I think Being creative for a living is incredibly lucky life.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lisa Falkenstern

How did you become an artist?
I drew all the time when I was a child. I would hand in book reports that were fully illustrated, and I would write stories and illustrate them. I was terrible at painting, but loved to draw.
Did you go to art school?
 I went to Parsons School of Design, and then I took courses at New York Academy, School of Visual Arts, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, The Art Students League and Cooper Union.
Was there anyone that influenced you in becoming an artist?
 It sounds strange, but one day when I was young, I was drawing a tree across the street from my grandparents’ farm in my sketchbook. My father came up and looked at my drawing and said, “You should be an illustrator”.  From then on, that’s what I wanted to be.

Are there one or more artists whose work is an     influence?
 I don’t remember looking at any picture books when I was small, except for one Golden Book, which I still have. But I had some of the Andrew Lang Fairy Tales books, which had very detailed Edwardian pen and ink illustrations. I poured over them for hours, looking at everything. Later, I discovered Beatrix Potter and Arthur Rackham, whose work   I love.  And then I discovered all those 19th illustrators, Edmund Dulac, Kay Neilsen, Charles Robinson, and the 20th century illustrators, Arthur Szyk, Howard Pyle, and another favorite of mine, N.C. Wyeth. I could go on and on.
What inspires you?
 Being an illustrator, whatever job I get inspires me.  Painting for myself, I collect things that catch my eye. I may pick something up while on a walk and keep it on a shelf until I have a use for it. I keep files of images that interest me and might get me thinking of a painting. I am attracted to textures, and love to paint things that only exist in my mind.  Plus, whenever I can get outside, I like to do little plein aire paintings in oil or watercolor, usually no bigger than 2 ½” by 3 ½”. I’m usually out walking my dogs, and I can’t take a lot of time to paint. I’ve started painting landscapes of morning and evening twilight, since that’s usually when I get outside.
Would you like to share you work process?
 If the painting is for a client, I get the information on what they want, then do the necessary research and find the correct reference material. Then I do little thumbnail sketches, and from there, pick a few that seem to work. If I’m doing a book cover, I usually like to do three sketches, in color, to show the client. When one is picked, I do a final drawing, and when that is approved, move on to a painting.
 For myself, I get an idea, sketch it down, then in some cases, don’t work on it for years, and just think about how to do it. I have folders and folders of ideas, and when I have the time, I go through them, work some more, and then eventually paint them. An example of that is a year ago I was doodling while listening to a lecture. I started to draw a woman with a pumpkin for a hairdo, then a pumpkin for a gown. Sometime later, I went through pictures of pumpkins and leaves and tendrils and put that into the folder. More time went by, and while at a farmers market on the way back from the Outer Banks, I saw an unusual type of pumpkin, and brought it back, and from there, did a drawing, then a painting.
 Are there links where more of you art can be seen?
 Yes, I have my website,
I am also on:

What types of markets do you create art for?
 I have mostly done all my work for publishing companies. I spent over twenty years doing book covers, and then I switched to picture books, but I still do covers as well as other jobs that come in. My steampunk ABC book comes out on April 15th!
Do you do other things regarding art like teaching?
 I have taught a few classes and workshops, but since I feel I am still learning about art, I feel uncomfortable telling other people what to do.
I have gone on school visits but I don’t consider that teaching, that’s fun.
 Do you pursue other creative interests like writing or music?
 I have become an author/illustrator of two picture books, A Dragon Moves In and my upcoming book, Professor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABC. I sculpt my book characters to have something to paint from and for many years I was a very avid gardener. I had to give that up as that took too much time.
 Where can your art be seen? Is it on products, books, etc?
 My work is almost entirely on book covers and in picture books. My original art has been in several shows, one in Bold Hype Gallery in New York City last year and I am in the upcoming Focus On Nature Show in the New York State Museum in Albany. I also have shown paintings in the Bucks County Gallery in New Hope, PA, and well as in Gallery 440 in Park Slope.
What do you love best about what you can do?
 That I am able to communicate on an artistic level with other people. I am always amazed when people I don’t know email me and tell me how much they like my work. It’s something to paint that’s personal to you and other people appreciate it.