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This here is the eclectic blog of artist/illustrator Ellen Stedfeld, for a glimpse into my kooky mind and to see some of the many things I do. You may find it helpful to note that this originated in 2008 as a place to display galleries of my artwork (still temporarily viewable at right) but has gradually taken on a more blog-like form, and my current objective - now in the midst of 2014 and entering 2015 - is to make it be so!

Since I get too busy actually doing things to talk about them all, I apologize for any lapses or anomalies in chronology. If you really want to know what I'm up to, visit me at Carmine Street Comics or my next event. Otherwise, enjoy!

(My new and improving website is, and you can follow me on Twitter @ellesaur and Instagram @ellesaurarts)

Earlier Highlights

Thursday, February 27, 2014: Drawing at the United Nations, 20 year remembrance of the genocide in Rwanda. Moving speeches and discussions, film, poetry, a survivor's story, and ceremony.

Moderated by Mr. Jean-Baptiste Rudatsikira (not depicted)
President of the New York and New Jersey Rwandan Community
Speakers (left to right) are:
1) Ms. Immaculee Ilibagiza
Rwandan genocide survivor and author of "Left to tell"
2) H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Secretary-General
3) H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe
President of the 68th session of the General Assembly
4) H.E. Mr. Eugene-Richard Gasana
Minister of State in Charge of Cooperation,
Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations
5) Dr. Gerald Caplan
Author of "Rwanda: the Preventable Genocide"

Poetry Reading by Ms. Angel Uwamahoro, Rwandan student

Lighting of the Flame of Remembrance / Kwibuka20 Song
Presented by Ms. Jeanne d'Arc Byaje, Deputy Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations

Earlier session that morning - Focus on Faith: Discovering Mormonism and Its Role in Humanitarian Assistance

Tuesday, February 18th - Sketched live from 6-9pm at the World Entrepreneurship Summit 2014: South America & Caribbean organized
by New York Business Consultants and hosted at Mercy College.
Even used the provided pencil for this set of pictures.
Thanks for the presentations and conversations!

Recently published in Magic Bullet #8, a comics newspaper from Washington DC. Distributes locally, but working on getting some copies over here to New York. Also available at east coast conventions, so get yourself an issue any way you can. Slated to appear with writer Adam McGovern and a stack of them by our side at Dewey's Comic City in New Jersey on Saturday May 3rd, national Free Comic Book Day.

Teaching a series of workshops at Carmine Street Comics, starting this Saturday, February 1st! Writing portion with Patrick J. Reilly is at 12pm, art part with me is just after 2pm. Cost is $20 each, or better yet, sign up for both at $35. In upcoming weeks we'll be focusing on characters, setting, layouts... so hope to see you back again for more!

Upcoming Appearances:
Thursday, March 13th Sketching at the United Nations Headquarters
Saturday, March 15th Drawing for Enigma Bookstore at ETERNiDAY: Queens Poet Lore Festival, followed by sketching at The Stoop music series
Saturday, March 22nd Teaching drawing workshop at Carmine Street Comics (rescheduled from March 15th)
Saturday, March 29th Teaching drawing workshop at Carmine Street Comics
Thursday, April 3rd Partaking in Drink&Draw at Locust Moon comic shop in Philadelphia
Saturday, April 5th Signing and selling comics artwork at Camden Comics Convention
Thursday, May 1st Present for Carmine Street Comics One Year Anniversary
Saturday, May 3rd FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Signing and selling comics artwork at Dewey's Comic City