Art Marathon

Art Marathon! 26.2 Drawings in Only 30 Days

The Cream City Illustrators Art Marathon begins Friday, July 25

Cream City Illustrators dash to create 26.2 drawings in only 30 days.  Milwaukee artists have an exciting opportunity to promote their work and challenge themselves through a fun, social, creative and energetic event known as the Cream City Art Marathon.  Like to draw? Paint? Illustrate? Join us for the kickoff party —  Friday, July 25 at 8:00pm at Redbar.  Bring your illustration tools of choice as we kick off this years marathon!

Strong Characters


Opening this Bay View Gallery Night! “Strong Characters,” an art exhibition by local illustrators, demonstrating a wide range of visual styles for creating a character. See children’s book characters, comic strips, paintings and even 8-foot giraffes at this unique show. At the Hide House.

Artwork by Allison Alexander Westbrook, Logan Herte, Brad Krause, Tim Demeter, Stacey Williams-Ng, Tim Decker, Catherine Palmino, Carol Schwartz, Chelsey Holeman, David Beyer Jr., Katie Gamb, Maria Knier, and Ryan Haering.

June 6 – June 14
The Hide House • 2625 S. Greeley St, Studio 130, Milwaukee WI 53207

CCI Gallery Show — Studio 130 at the Hide House

Opening Night: Bay View Gallery Night • June 6 – June 14

Theme: Strong Characters

This Cream City Illustrators show will highlight character development in illustration. Please submit no more than three entries which demonstrate strong, unique character development, for any kind of illustration, animation, publishing or fine art project. Sketches are acceptable as long as they are framed. 2D art only.

Quantity: No more than 3 works per person

Deadlines for submissions:

  • May 20: Submitted images must be emailed to Stacey Williams Ng — art [at] staceywilliamsng [dot com].

    Each image must include:

    • Title
    • Medium
    • dimensions
    • date of creation
    • submitted digital art must be JPGs at least 1000 pixels wide, no larger than 3MB
    • Artists will be notified of inclusion by May 26
  • May 31, June 1 (hours TBD): DROP OFF WORK at SWN studio space at Hide House.
    • Address: Studio 130 at the Hide House. Located at 2625 S. Greeley St., Milwaukee 53207 in Bay View.
    • Art must be framed or have a device for hanging on a wall attached to the work (ready for hanging)
    • Work must have artist’s name and title on the back of the work.

Jurying Process: Jurors will be selected at our next meeting, and will work with Stacey Williams-Ng to curate the show.

Opportunity for Pattern Design & Illustration

Naturally Wisconsin: Quilt Pattern Submission

What inspires you about being outdoors in Wisconsin?


Submit your very own pattern design inspired by nature, and we’ll sew the top selected patterns into a quilt! Be a part of this celebration of Wisconsin’s natural beauty and diverse creative talent. Visit AIGA for more information. Cream City Illustrator members get discounted entry fee of $5. Contact CCI to get a discount code.

Andrea Guzzetta Launches Kickstarter for “Intricate and Lovely”

Cream City Illustrators artist Andrea Guzzetta has launched a kickstarter project to realize the production of her Intricate and Lovely series of hand-painted illustrations.

Andrea explains, “These designs come from my dreams and my own personal mythology about life and death. I believe that life and death are inexorably linked, and that each only has meaning because the other exists. I believe that each of us has many ‘deaths’ as we shed our old selves and become new people.”

Visit Kickstarter learn more and support Andrea’s work.

Andrea-Guzzetta-Blood-NectarIn Blood Nectar, the unicorn skull represents the ‘death’ of innocence as wisdom blooms. Yet, innocence is never really dead, because as it dies in you, it is reborn in new children all over the world. This scarf reminds us that Innocence, like the unicorn that often represents it, is truly immortal.

In Pridefall, the deer, which often represents love and nurturing, has conquered the lion, which represents pride and anger. Although we sometimes need pride to protect ourselves, it is only the death of pride that can invite love to blossom, as seen by the cherry blossoms sprouting forth from the deer’s antlers, through the lion skull.

Andrea-Guzzetta-Midnight-in-the-GardenIn Midnight in the Garden, the contradictory symbols of the snake, black cat, and moth unite. Each of these symbols can represent either good fortune and healing or ruinous demise. Each of these symbols is also often associated with women (Eve and the Snake, witches and black cats). This scarf calls forth the mystery of life and death, as well as the mysterious powers that women hold, and reminds us that there is great beauty in the mysteries of the world.

Featured Artist: Andrea Guzzetta

HEADSHOT_GUZZETTAAndrea Guzzetta is a Milwaukee-based artist who creates art in a variety of forms, specializing in watercolor, embroidery, and oil painting. She first broke into the art world at the age of 10, selling seed-bead animals to classmates before her operation was shut down by “the man.” She is currently employed at Conrad-Schmitt Studios, where she does stained glass and mural painting. Her favorite pastimes include chasing her dog around the apartment, making terrible jokes, and storytelling in all its various forms.


Next meeting

THe next meeting is scheduled for Thursday Feb 20th, 2014 at 6:30pm at Gravity Connect.


  • Skill Sharing Demos
  • the Art Marathon

At the January meeting, Brad’s skill sharing presentation showcased his well-honed illustration skills, and he also talked about technique, influences and creative process. Skill sharing demos are a great opportunity to present your own work; and probably inspire your peers by sharing your own artistic experience. So volunteer to do a skill-sharing session. Email to sign up.

Featured Artist: Brad Krause

Brad Krause, Milwaukee-based animator and illustrator, recently shared a few of his favorite pieces with Cream City Illustrators.

“Ehlwy Comic, page 2″
brad-krause-illustration-pg2Page 2 for Lisa England and her Aurelia story she wrote about the subterranean dwellers who keep the city under the mountain working. This page introduces the living environment, work environment and, at the end of the page, the main character, Ehlwy.

A “Double-page spread” for the Ehlwy comic depicting the climax of the action, when the mother worm breaks through the tunnel, sending Ehlwy and the king tumbling.
Compared to most comic book artists, I take an inordinate amount of time with my technique, and no professional comic book artist would consider my working methods professional, because I take so long. I’m now painting instead of inking. But when I finally get back to inking, my next task is to not only improve my speed, but develop techniques that will allow me to be more flexible in my approach… being less elaborate most of the time, and allocating my more intensive work where it will mean more (like on a double-page spread!).

“Verne Theime portrait”
brad-krause-illustration-verne-thiemeOne of many air brush portraits I did in the early 90′s. The goal of every portrait isn’t just to capture a likeness, but to maintain that likeness while improving their appearance. For this portrait, I not only darkened his hair, but greatly reduced the “heft” of facial fat, reduced wrinkles, and thickened his hair. In all, I think I shed about 20 years off of him.

“Intentional Water”
brad-krause-illustration-water-paintingOne of the first 5 paintings I did in 2012 as a return to traditional painting, including portraits of my kids and wife. This was inspired by my love of 60′s rock poster art and art nouveau. I call this “Intentional Water”, since no water would actually make these shapes as a result of natural forces.

“Ehlwy Comic, page 1″
brad-krause-illustration-slatheringen-mrThis inside R-side page introduces the reader to then environment of Aurelia, a city of people who live inside of a hollowed-out mountain. This is a Steam Punk story, so everything is visibly mechanical. The mountain-inside-of-a-mountain has every surface developed and utilized. Simulating this amount of detail took more time than I can even estimate. But it is the first page, and it has to be an eye-opener.

“Push Me Pull You Worm”
brad-krause-illustration-ceterpillars-lrI did this little 10″ x 10″ tempera painting ostensibly as an entry into the “100 under $100″ show at Studio Lounge. But, as usual, I spent way too much time to allow me to sell it for under $100. The goal here was to do something completely out of my imagination (I did have a caterpillar reference, though), and keep it fun and fast.

“Daredevil Cover Idea”
brad-krause-illustration-daredevilJim Kreuger, comic book author, gave me some professional suggestions for breaking into the comic book industry. One of those was to concentrate on cover art, given the inordinate amount of time I spend on my inks, and he assigned me a few characters to work with. For Daredevil, he even handed me a graphic idea he had: Show Daredevil upside down, but flip the whole composition so that he is right side up, and the CITY is upside down. I needed a reason for him to be upside down, thought he should be anchored by one hand, and threw in the bad guy for fun. I built and rendered the city in 3d.

“Apocalyptic Harpie”
brad-krause-illustration-harpie-img-02Did this in 2010, with the aim of gradually improving my inking technique after leaving all of that traditional stuff alone for 15 years. I also made a bunch of inking technique youtube videos. I use a variety of tools, but I prefer using traditional inking tools, since they give the nice, black ink finish as opposed to markers. I will use markers for technical/mechanical objects that need straight lines and even line widths.

“Saarlac Pit Angle”
brad-krause-illustration-img-0028My first “scene” painting in many, many years. Except for the figure, for which my very fit son Adrian posed for (and I took poor pictures of), everything in the scene is made up, using no reference at all.

“Jude In The Colleseum”
brad-krause-illustration-tiger-fin-lrOne of about 8 illustrations that I did for Lisa England for her Aurelia story, posted online in 2012-2013. I decided to back off on the heavy line work/shading technique and focus instead on detail and composition.
I collected a LOT of reference not just of tigers, but other people’s 3d creations of mechanical tigers – there are many out there. In the end, mine didn’t look anything like anyone else’s. I also acquired references for stadiums and colosseums, and even built a simplified colosseum in 3d to help me work out the perspective that I wanted. Finally, to make the very wide curves for the stands, I found out how to make a physical device for drawing large curves.

brad-krause-illustration-ncadd-oc-02-hrDay-to-day, I am a 3d animator, and I make animations for everything from TV commercials to industrial videos. This character was built on spec many years ago, as I was getting started as a freelance artist. He is supposed to be the physical embodiment of “Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug” abuse. The idea presented to me seemed a little silly to me at the time: Make an appealing, fun character to represent all of these bad things… for the organization whose goal is to eliminate them. Huh? But it gave me a chance to make a fun character when I didn’t have any other work coming in.

Learn more about Brad’s work at

Featured Artist: Allison Beilke

allisonbeilke_bwAllison has always felt a distinct connection to textile design and patterns. You could say that textile design is woven into her family (pun intended!). Some of her family members include commercial artists, interior designers, weavers and seamstresses.

It was her love of drawing and painting that led her to spend her college years pursuing a degree in illustration at the Hartford Art School in Connecticut. During her summers off from college she worked at her parents’ office furniture dealership, often in the back room organizing fabric samples. She loved pouring over the dazzling textiles and day dreaming about the fabulous designers who created them.

After graduating, Allison moved to her now beloved home of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was there that she began working for a graphic design firm, while continuing to paint on the side and taking part-time classes in interior design. She started using fabric in her paintings, which led to painting background pattern motifs. She eventually taught herself to create her own original repeat patterns and a passion was born! Allison’s loves of illustration, graphic design and interior design finally came together with textile and pattern design.

Allison shares a charming apartment in the Bay View area of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her cat Mabel.

For inquiries regarding licensing and contract work, please drop a line: Her fabric designs can be purchased at Modern Yardage.

See her portfolio at

Holiday Art Swap!

Our next meeting will be a festive Holiday Art Swap at the Art Bar Riverwest at 6:30 pm on Thursday, December 12. The address is 722 East Burleigh Street, Milwaukee 53212. Bring a wrapped piece of art (good, bad or gag) to swap. Also, bring food, an appetizer or something sweet to share. Join us for fun, food, drinks, and art!

Featured Artist: Chelsey Holeman

chelsey-holeman-photo1Chelsey Holeman is an illustrator and graphic designer who places a focus on children’s industries, but is always open to trying new things. Based out of America’s Dairyland, Chelsey graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design with a BFA in illustration and a minor in graphic design. She approaches each project, big or small, with the utmost care and professionalism. Her work is whimsical, full of lively color and perfect for your next project!

Chelsey is available to work with professional clients as well as individuals with personal projects.

Visit Chelsey’s website to see more of her work.

Featured Artist: Carol Schwartz

Carol Schwartz Illustrator HeadshotAs a young child growing up in Kansas City, Missouri, Carol Schwartz dreamed of becoming an artist. She attended the Kansas City Art Institute and the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a degree in Illustration. After spending many years living on the East coast and raising two children, Carol now lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she continues to combine her love of nature and animals in her book illustrations for children. Her work has appeared in over 50 children’s books, as well as in advertising, magazines and newspapers.

In 1991, her picture book illustrations were critically acclaimed in Sea Squares by Joy Hulme, which was selected as an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children’s Book Council. It was also a Children’s Choice for 1992 and selected for The Original Art exhibition at the Society of Illustrators for 1992. Many other books followed including The Maiden of Northland by Aaron Shepard which was an Aesop Accolade List book of 1996, Thinking about Ants by Barbara Brenner, an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children in 1998, and a six book “Hide and Seek Science” series for Scholastic. Carol’s work is included in the Society of Illustrators permanent collection from the exhibition, Outstanding Female Illustrators of Past and Present.

Carol enjoys speaking to students and has been invited to hundreds of elementary schools around the country and higher education institutions such as the Corcoran School of Art, Frostburg State University, the Kansas City Art Institute, Cincinnati Art Museum and Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She teaches illustration at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Visit Carol Schwartz’ illustration website to learn more.

CCI Member Shelly Loke Honored

Grand Prize Uber-Awesome Snazzy Jazz Nabber: Won By Shelly Loke

Artist Shelly Loke has secured the ‘Grand Prize Uber-Awesome Snazzy Jazz Nabber’ from Mutha Oith Creations’: “Low Brow, High Adventure: An Anthology of Low Life Fiction” contest. The objective was to create poems, short stories, or artwork, based on Andy Hopp’s Low Life roll playing game environment. The Mutha Oith world is one that has gone post apocalyptic several times over. It is now populated by the strangest of beings ranging from croach cockroach people to anthropomorphic snack cakes. And don’t forget the aliens.

Both art and writing works of Shelly will be published along with other contest winners and industry professionals.

For more details check out the Mutha Oith website.

January meeting: Wednesday, 1/16 at 6:30

Hi everyone! Hope everyone had a GREAT holiday season and ate lots of great food.

Is your New Year’s resolution to MAKE MORE ART?! No? Come and get inspired and slapped back into the serious business of art-making with a January Cream City Illustrators Meeting.

Date: 1/16/13 at 6:30pm
Location: Open MiKE space at the Grand Avenue Mall (above T.J. Maxx)

Be there or be square! Leftover holiday candy welcome.

Image ©2012 Stacey Williams-Ng. From her new book, “Sitting on a Zinnia.

Member news: Little Bahalia Publishing Releases new app in January!

As some of you may already know, one of our co-Presidents, Stacey W, has started a new transmedia press for kids called Little Bahalia Publishing. She’s very excited to announce that in January, the press will be releasing “A Troop is a Group of Monkeys,” an iPad storybook app for kids based on the funny words for groups of animals (like “a float of crocodiles” and “a surfeit of skunks”).

Check out the trailer here:

So how many of you knew that a children’s book publisher was among us? Submit your storybook apps to Stacey next time you see her…

Wednesday February 27, 2013 – Wednesday February 27, 2013

Open MiKE (in Shops of Grand Avenue, Plankinton Building)

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Join Cream City members Stacey Williams-Ng and Tim Demeter for this eye-popping intro on the best tools for creating digital art using the iPad as an authoring tool. Illustrator and comic artist Tim Demeter will lead part one (approx 45 minutes) introducing the best tools and software for illustrating on the iPad, and Stacey Williams-Ng will lead part two (approx 45 minutes) in an introductory session to Demibooks Composer®, an iPad authoring tool for creating children’s apps right on the iPad itself.

Learn which apps are essential for creating native iPad illustration and how to use them. See several different kinds of styli (styluses? rubber-tipped pen thingies?) in action as well as advanced tricks for file handling, working between your iPad and your computer, palm rejection and more. After a short break, glimpse inside the world of publishing and try your hand at making your very own iPad apps using Composer.



One-on-One Portfolio Review With Lucy Cummins

Saturday October 20, 2012 – Saturday October 20, 2012

MIAD (4th Floor, Main area)

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Space is limited! For $20, attendees to the Lucy Cummins event can reserve a 15-minute review with Lucy Cummins to have an invaluable chance to get a NY publisher’s eye on your work. Lucy loves meeting new illustrators and offers candid feedback to people who are serious about building a career in illustration. Registrants will be contacted by email to schedule a 15-minute slot between 1 and 4 on Saturday, October 20th.


Get to know Lucy before the event

Lucy has a blog, and we would encourage all of you to go visit and learn more about her role as an Art Director at S&S and Paula Wiseman Books.
Some of the books that her imprint has recently released:

… AAAAAAND, if that’s not exciting enough for you, also the ever-awesome “The Boys” by Cream City Illustrators’ very own Jeff Newman.

CCI Workshop with Lucy Cummins

Saturday October 20, 2012 – Saturday October 20, 2012

MIAD (Todd Wehr Auditorium)

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Lucy Ruth Cummins, Art Director for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Paula Wiseman Books, loves meeting new illustrators. She’s also one of the liveliest, funniest presenters in publishing! Lucy is an illustrator too, having created the 2010 parody “The Taking Tree” (Simon & Schuster). Come find out from Lucy what Art Directors want, and get a behind-the-scenes peek at trends in kids’ books. For $20 more, reserve a portfolio review and GET DISCOVERED!


Demeter Post Game

Well… That didn’t quite happen.

The whole “document the wedding” thing turned into “survive the wedding.” As such, I’m sorry to say I wasn’t able to complete the marathon.

Next time.

I’ve still been working though and if you’d like a little closure on what I’m working on I think this is going to be very close to Bo’s finished look:

Thanks for following and thanks to the Cream City Illustrators for having me!


Art Marathon #23 to 26.2 – Phew!

Made it to the finish line with more fiber art and one collage ATC

23 -Wee Fabric House24 Crochet Irish Rose25 - Ursula Looked Uneasy
For my fractional portion, I counted the pieced and quilted background, part of which became an experimental 3-D fabric house ornament. AFter free-motion quilting, I used some fabric paint and stencils to even out the patchwork a bit.
26.2 Quilted Background
26 - House Ornament26 - House Ornament -Back & Side
So that was fun! I suspect that a lot of what I made doesn’t really fall under “Illustration” (unless I go the route of Salley Mavor) so thanks for letting me play with all you talented artists!