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!

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

Life As An Illustrator

Happy March!!!!!!!!!!

Well, normally I would be posting all the art I have been working on…However since I have been back to work post surgery, I have been quite busy.

Once again there were name changes….this resulting in me having to create yet even more new logos. Oh what fun……

I think I am burned out on the constant rebranding.  How many name changes does it take?

Anywho, so doing new logos and mascots has kept me busy and from the actual important work. With this new branding/logo I had to also edit former ads and animations.  I absolutely love having to edit 16+ layers of an animation and not get paid a penny more to do so.  Do you detect my sarcasm?  The rebranding has taken time away from the real work as I previously stated.  What is this real work?

Why illustrating of course!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am BEYOND excited to be working once again with the incredibly talented Barbara Poor!!! After our previous work together, The Girl With The Curly Red Hair, I am extremely excited to work with her once again!

I am up to 16 preliminary sketches for our next book! Although all the authors I have been blessed to work with are wonderful, I must say Barbara is the easiest to please! I have had zero revisions or redo’s for her to date! Any illustrator will tell you that is beyond rare! Barbara’s talent is unmatched, as is her kindness. You can learn more about Barbara by visiting her website here; http://www.joyofchildrensbooks.com/ To see more of my illustration work please visit: http://www.alysathena.com/

I am also busy creating relevant ads for all previously published books via FoxTots, which I am now fully in charge of.  Because I need more to do yet not be paid more….again denote the sarcasm.

 

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I love making animations, unless of course I am remaking 16+ layers because rebranding (and not being paid more for this) is an ever occurring issue!

I also have had the pleasure of FINALLY receiving a digital proof of a book I submitted the art for last summer. I am extremely excited to see this project done. It seems there has been one delay after the other on it.  I never realized when I signed this contract that only I was given a submission deadline! Lesson learned and henceforth I will not be given a deadline unless all parties have one.  I have done unsurmountable hours of illustration work, which at the moment  is all completely unpaid.  The digital proof thankfully only had  minor errors which I assume shall be fixed forthwith, as again it has been quite a while in the making.

A Progression Video

I have posted my latest progression art video.

Hours Of Work For Not

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Imagine working for months on a project…….

Hours of work….

Then, as you recover from surgery, you receive an email stating your services are no longer needed as they have found a cheaper way to illustrate their comic books and graphic novel because they found an all-in-one shop artist who will also format the comic book.

Yup….that is what happened to me. So, I now have these characters I have created that need a new home, new names, and a story line!

On the bright side, they are portfolio additions….on the not so bright side, here I sit yet again unpaid for work.

I guess it is a good thing I love art.

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Jingle Bells

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Because taking a 14 day cruise in the heart of December did not make me behind h enough……

I come home to discover that on Christmas Eve I was hacked.

Why anyone would want to hack my site is beyond me. Apparently I am not the only one.

With severe memory issues redoing my entire site is similar to repeating your final year of education 15 years later…..I have forgotten virtually everything.

Silver lining, I like my new set up better.

In happier news, Santa thought I was good.  I have received a new DSLR. I am looking forward to learning it’s ins and outs and creating with it soon.

For now I am composing my resolution list….at the top will be having a super secure website!!!!!

Here is looking forward to a 2017 that is memorable for good reasons unlike 2016.

 

The City Of Ho Hum

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That is right! The City Of Ho Hum written by Penny Estelle is now available!!!

This is the second book I have had the pleasure of illustrating, formatting and editing for Penny Estelle thanks to Fox Tots Books!!! I absolutely LOVE Penny’s imagination.  This story is sure to be a big hit.  The City Of Ho Hum is a delightful tale to spark the imagination of readers young and old.

The City of Ho Hum is a magical place. Only the luckiest of children are able to find their way to Ho Hum. Will you be one of the lucky ones? The things you see will make your eyes POP! Take your own trip to Ho Hum and have the adventure of a lifetime! Shut your eyes, take a deep breath, open this book, and you are on your way!

I absolutely loved creating the artwork for this precious picture book. The timely release is perfect and is sure to add extra smiles to your holiday gift giving. Presently available for purchase here and releasing soon to Amazon.

Santa’s Stache

Santa's Stache

No doubt by now you have heard about Movember.

This piece is specifically created for Movember.

Santa carefully preps and manscapes in anticipation of the hustle and bustle of the chaos sure to ensue in the following month!

I absolutely love this time of the year.  Although, artistically speaking, it is my busiest time of the year and I simply never seem to complete all of my crafts and gifts in time!

I remember years ago creating several holiday pieces.  Now I am lucky if I manage two.  I think it may be attributed to the fact now I spend more time detailing.  I suppose this is a good thing though.  I would rather have one good piece as opposed to ten “meh” pieces!

Drawn on my iPad Pro using my iPencil in the Sketchclub app.