Welcome To My New Website!

Cedric Hohnstadt Illustration now has a cleaner look, is mobile-friendly, and still has that fresh new website smell. There are still a few kinks to iron out (please let me know if you find any) but it’s about 95% finished. Enjoy!

I’ve Moved!

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After a long summer full of starts and stops we finally closed on our old house and moved into the new Honstadt Manor in Burnsville, Minnesota. This photo was taken right after the closing and just before we started hauling in boxes. My new address is over on my Contact page. I can’t wait to start working on more fun client projects in my new, bigger studio.

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SpringCon 2014

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SpringCon is almost here! Minnesota’s largest comic book convention will be May 17-18 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. I’ll be there with a table, and will also be selling copies of the Pose Drawing Sparkbook. Stop on by and say “hi!”.

 

Some Goodies By Other Artists

I wanted to take a break from my Kickstarter, the Pose Drawing Sparkbook, to highlight a few other goodies by some incredible artists.

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First, I just learned that amazing Florian Satzinger has a book out! How did I miss this? It’s called Duck: Birds and Pencils and it’s a collection of some of his wonderful cartoon bird drawings. I just ordered my copy and can’t wait to get my hands on it.

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Second, one of my favorite character designers is Chris Ayers. He’s originally from my home state of Minnesota but now lives and works in California. In 2005 Chris was diagnosed with leukemia. In 2006, on the one-year anniversary of his diagnosis, he decided to sketch one animal a day for an entire year. He hasn’t stopped since, and boy does it show. He is living proof that practice really does make perfect. His drawings have been collected into some terrific books, and he’s also created a fun drawing/activity book for kids called My Daily Zoo.

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Finally, my friend and fellow illustrator Tom Richmond (of MAD Magazine fame) is selling a limited edition print featuring his amazing caricatures of every actor to ever play “Doctor Who”. As a bonus, since it was just announced that Peter Capaldi has been hired to be the new Doctor, Tom will hand-draw a caricature of him on your print for only ten dollars more! Quite a deal. (While you’re poking around Tom’s site, be sure to also check out his terrific blog.)

Enjoy. You can thank me later.

Wanna Buy Some Stuff?

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Got some money burning a hole in your pocket but nothing to spend it on? I’m here to help.

First, I’ve just updated my Cedric Hohnstadt Recommends store on Amazon.com. Lots of books, DVDs, and other resources that I give a big thumbs up to. Full disclosure: You don’t pay any extra by buying through my store instead of through Amazon’s normal channels, but Amazon will give me a tiny sliver of whatever you wind up spending after clicking over to the store.

While I was hanging around Amazon I also created a store with a few of the books & DVDs I’ve worked on in the past. Same disclosure applies.

Finally, if you are really desperate to part with your cash I’ve just opened a store at Zazzle.com. At Zazzle you can order shirts, mugs, tote bags, neckties, or just about anything and have custom art printed on it – either yours or someone else’s. I don’t have much there yet but over time I’ll be uploading a few more purty pictures from my files for you to choose from (such as the bee art above). Also, if you order over Memorial Day weekend you can save 15% with the discount code “15OFFPRODUCT“.

There you go. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

 

2012 Highlights and Accomplishments

2012 was another jam-packed year. In addition to surviving another presidential election and a Mayan apocalypse, my wife and I welcomed our third daughter into the world. I also stayed very busy in the studio working on lots of fun projects for clients in the toy industry (most of which I can’t show), as well as some advertising comp art (such as these samples for the Coca-Cola company through CPC Intersect) and even some courtroom sketching.

Other notable projects included designing a mascot for Goldfish Swim Schools and some character concept work for VeggieTales. I even flexed my animation muscles (scrawny as they are) for VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer and his latest ongoing project, What’s In The Bible? Finally, I capped off the year by illustrating a three-page comic strip story for Highlights Magazine.

In addition to cranking out all that client work, here’s a few other items of interest from the past year…

I was interviewed on the art website DesignMontage.com.

I was a courtroom sketch artist for the hit-and-run trial of Amy Senser, wife of former NFL player Joe Senser. I also launched a website to promote my courtroom sketch work, www.courtroomsketches.com.

I started creating original sketch cards for mailing out to current or potential clients.

I joined the cool kids over at Instagram (username: cedrichohnstadt), where I occasionally post snaps from my sketchbook and other odds and ends.

Though I didn’t do much traveling this year, I did have a table at our two local Twin Cities comic book conventions (SpringCon and FallCon), and for the second year in a row I gave a talk on freelancing at the CTN Animation Expo in Burbank, California.

I got some wonderful original art for my studio from cartoonist and all-around-great-guy John Hambrock (“The Brilliant Mind Of Edison Lee”).

Former Disney animator Tom Bancroft released his new book on character design, Character Mentor, which I highly recommend.

Finally, a few days ago I tied the bow on a newly illustrated Gospel tract for the ministry of Living Waters. I’m looking forward to posting more about that soon.

It’s amazing how quickly a year fills up, and I’m extremely blessed to continue making a living doing what I love. Here’s wishing each and every one of you a very prosperous and happy 2013!