For The Love Of Markers

Azile Marker art

Markers have certainly evolved since I first used Crayolas as a child. I fondly remember my first set of markers. I also remember the devastation I felt when they dried out.  As time passed my art evolved.  Occasionally I would use my Micron pens, but markers were mainly used to decorate handmade cards or packages. I seldom created art with them.

The more I delved into digital art, the more I longed to return to organic art.  Illustrating books, creating book covers as well as the advertisements and book trailers thereof left little time to do so. I could make a few smaller paintings, but drying time and such delayed any true sense of gratification. My graphite sketches and Micron ink drawings seemingly lacked. Then…. I discovered ….. Chameleon Pens.  I believe I first saw the video on Facebook.  No doubt my bestie had tagged me in the post.  It seems when a new art product arrives I am always tagged about it.  If only I had the luxury and wealth to buy these items. I remember sharing the post with my husband.  The idea of blending markers and one marker providing seemingly limitless colors was simply awesome to us.

Then came Valentine’s Day. My darling husband surprised me with the 22 box set. The rest of the available colors came shortly thereafter as an Easter surprise.

Chameleon Marker Art

I never thought I would enjoy markers again.  But I love these! They make creating art as fun as I remembered it. I have many other top brands of markers as well, but I always seem to go back to my Chameleon pens. They flow beautifully.

Flight Of Colors Marker Art

It has not become my favorite late evening activity. I doodle with my Chameleon pens.  It is a welcomed break from the digital monotony that has become my world amidst illustrating children’s books!

Alaska Marker Art

I still paint, wood burn, sculpt, sketch, and draw using ink, of course.  However, the ease and instant gratification from using the Chameleon pens are wonderful.  I have enough time after work and preparing my family dinner to actually complete a piece of art.  Nothing compares to waking up the next day and seeing my doodle sitting there. Even if it isn’t perfect, I feel better knowing it is complete and I feel accomplished.

To see more of my art please visit my website at www.alysathena.com

Chibis and Washitape

Washi Tape….I had never heard of this stuff…then I saw someone post art using it. I fell in love. I have always loved crafts as well as art.  Combining the two is perhaps one of my most favorite things to do! So I dove straight in!

It started out innocent enough, my husband brought home 5 rolls.  After I created Polka however, a beast inside me took over……we headed straight for Michael’s and Hobby Lobby.  I simply could not believe my eyes! Mind you now, this tape had ALWAYS been there.  I never gave it a second notice before. But now, now all things had changed.  They may as well have been giant cupcakes or gold bars.  I was mesmerized.

We left the stores with 28 more rolls and an organizer, which subsequently only holds half of what I acquired. My mind was full of ideas!

I already saw many chibis out there and loved how the cuteness looked.  So I decided to try my washitape art on chibis. At this time, I was also beginning my Disney Princess Fan art series.  I decided I may as well make those Chibis too!

I am not sure what else I will do next but I am having a great deal of fun with these!

For The Love of Earth

Spartacus

Instead of talking only about myself and my art, this time I would like to remind everyone that today is World Environment Day. There is a wonderful website designed for it, which I highly recommend everyone read and join. http://worldenvironmentday.global/

As far as I know, right now our environment is the only one we have.  I would like to believe my great-grandchildren will be able to enjoy it, and all it has to offer. That, of course, is up to us to ensure.  Little changes we make can make a big difference.  Recycling is easier than most people think.  It becomes a habit.

I took the above photograph while visiting the Cedar Lake Gardens Festival in Williston, Florida a short time ago. It is a photographer’s dream! I was not able to capture all of the moments I wanted to, as it was extremely crowded for the festival.  I look forward to a return visit soon. This fella was the only animal on display, I am assuming as a guest.  Spartacus, an  African Spurred Tortoise, was quite large. Why did I choose him for this post? Well, you see, this environment of ours affects not only us.  The wildlife around us all call this home too. It truly is our responsibility to make smart choices. This world of ours is absolutely beautiful, as are all of its inhabitants.  Whether you believe in global warming or not, taking care of this planet and all she provides is essential. You would not let your home fall apart….why would you let your planet?

When Work Calls…

Have you ever heard of illustrator’s block? Well, evidently it does exist. And I had it.  Now, normally, this would not be a big issue, as I tend to always work ahead of pace and schedule. However, this time is was causing problems. I am already behind on the book I have been illustrating.  When I say behind, I mean MONTHS behind. Between eye surgery and my boss throwing whammies at me non stop, I managed to fall drastically behind on everything.

As I absolutely adore this author, I was gutted.  I was doing everything I could to seek inspiration.  Even the Magic Kingdom seemed to fall short of vanquishing the dreaded block. I decided, in an effort to save time, to start formatting the book.  You may or may not know, I do it all.  I illustrate, edit, format and create all social marketing for the books I do with Fox Tots….that is on top of running Fox Tots as the chief illustrator and C.O.O.

This was it! Formatting was just what I had needed to do.  I was stuck at illustration number 23.  A typical book will contain at least 32. As I began adding the text to my drawings, it was as if a light bulb went off.  Suddenly I felt inspired.  More so than when I even began first illustrating. Now I am excited again and cannot wait to complete this project!

formatting books
A look into the formatting of My Trip To The Library. Written by Barbara Poor

The Good, The Bad, The Irony

I am a bit behind posting.  I would apologize, but as no one really reads my blog I am not sure why I would have a need to.  Actually even if someone does read it, I would not apologize for having a life and living it.

I recently realized over obligating myself to others is a huge mistake.  When you do so and then have extremely urgent needs, those you have obligations to care not about what does not directly impact them…whatsoever! Freshly from a review on home school parenting, a topic addressed within their advice comes to mind. Learning how to say NO. This is something I have yet to learn. Only I see the irony in all of this.  Family comes first.  This will be my final year for many things.  I can no longer be all things to all people as where I am needed most tends to suffer.

To the point, this is a late post.  I shall lump what would have been probably three posts into one short post.

Happy Belated Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day

I had an absolutely beautiful Mother’s day.  I am blessed with an extremely loving and supportive family.

Mother's Day GiftsAs if their love was not enough, they also give me presents, make me gifts and cards, as well as take me out to dinner!

I certainly am blessed.  I do not know what I have done to deserve such a loving and supportive family, but I am extremely grateful!

 

May The Fourth Be With You

Growing up as the original Star Wars generation is simply wonderful. Not only did I get the best movie and toys ever growing up, but I now also get to experience it all over again with my own child!

When Kira expressed her love for Star Wars, I squealed with excitement.  The geekiness had indeed been passed down to my young Jedi offspring!

There has to be something said about the way it feels to watch the return of Star Wars to the big screen, (Yes, I know there have been many prequels, sequels and everything you can possibly imagine in between) and having your child watch it with you.  What made the experience of watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens all the more special was the fact we watched it at the drive-in! This added to my sentimental nostalgia.

Kira as Princess Leia. Halloween 2015
Kira as Princess Leia. Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

Before the movie even had been seen, Kira decided she wanted to be Princess Leia.  Thankfully, she already had the hair for the costume! Being an exceptionally tall child made finding a costume difficult, however. The solution came in an oversized sweatshirt/hoodie! I was amazed that this little costume, which was thrown together, virtually last minute, was a hit. Kira loved it.

Chew and Kira

Flash forward to Kira’s 13th Birthday.  Guess who she wanted to spend it with? That’s right, Star Wars.  A week in the Magic Kingdom it was.

From Storm Troopers to R2D2 and C3PO, we were in heaven!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I this year even had lesson plans to celebrate Star Wars Day! I know, silly but fun!! You really should visit this website; http://www.starwars.com/may-the-4th

Kira colored BB8

BB8 is perhaps my new favorite character. I was extremely lucky this Christmas and received a rc BB8.  He is the sweetest little thing ever, and drives our cats nuts!

In honor of Star Wars day, I also decided to push my neuropathy ridden, arthritic hands, and fibromyalgia ridden body, failing eye sight, and glaucoma eyes to their limits and paint a teeny tiny 2×2 acrylic Yoda!

Paint Yoda I Must
Progress shots

So, as you can see….this is somewhat of a family holiday. We embrace the force.  We also wish you all a very happy Star Wars day! May the force be with you all!!!

The Digital Art

It has been a slower month for me, digitally speaking.  As I am doing illustrations for an upcoming children’s book, I am drawing digitally less. (See previous post explaining more here)

I was however compelled to do a few honoring Easter.  Hardly in the traditional sense of course.  As when do I ever do anything traditionally?

Here are some of the digital creations.  An Egg theme throughout.

I hope you all had a beautiful, blessed Easter!!