Howdy Partner!

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)

My Community

Groups that grow my artistic network - explore them, join them, support them.

Carmine Street Comics
Small comic book shop at 34 Carmine Street that along with selling comics and providing excellent conversation, showcases local artists, writers, and comedians. As Resident Artist, I initiated the Storefront Artist Program and teach workshops on making comics with our Resident Writer, Patrick J. Reilly. Check out the creative pick-of-the-week videos Carmine Street Picks (some adult humor).

Pronto Comics

An educational non-profit publisher that assists writers and artists starting out in comics to collaborate on projects and get a foot in the door, leading into greater opportunities. General Meetings include a guest speaker podcast, announcements on current books or initiatives, and a chance to mingle and link up with other creators. I act as Recruiter & Promoter, reviewing portfolios and spreading the word.

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA)

Formerly located in the SoHo neighborhood of New York, every exhibit related to the art of the comic or cartoon! Once held frequent panel discussions, art openings, and master classes. Each spring, they set up MoCCA Fest, an indie comics festival that features bold artists and small publishers. Recently absorbed by the Society of Illustrators, a wonderful institution with a gallery on W63rd Street. The Society maintains a hall exclusively dedicated to MoCCA and has continued the annual festival.

Big City Dare2Draw

Monthly drawing sessions with posed costumed models, followed by guest demo/lecture, and a comic art competition with snazzy prizes. Now hosted at the illustrious Society of Illustrators.

The Graphic Artists Guild
A union for illustrators, designers, and other commercial artists. They educate artists about business, provide resources and support, build local and national communities. The NY Chapter has public lectures and member group meetings, including the Comics&Cartoons group that I used to lead (currently on hiatus).

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
An international society of children's book creators, providing valuable information and opportunities for getting started and growing in this field. The NY Metro Chapter holds lectures and local gatherings on a regular basis. Annual conferences in California and New York are pricey but definitely worthwhile.

Make Meaning
This is the artsy store where I used to work, and still return to paint unique items. (In their words) it's a place to have fun and be creative! Glaze ceramics, decorate cakes, make soaps, glass, or candles. The newest "experience" is book making. They do parties for kids, but it's also a great spot for adults to bring dates and co-workers. They even serve wine and beer.