I would like you to meet Abbey. Abbey is the title character of a children’s fairytale book, where I am both the illustrator and the author! After years of illustrating for others, I have decided to work on the manuscripts I have had for years just gathering dust. Stay tuned for more! 📚 🎨 📚 🎨
I would like you to meet Lucy.
Lucy is a character in my debut children’s picture book where, for the first time, I am both the illustrator and the author.
After years of illustrating, editing, formatting, creating all of the advertising, all the social marketing, creating book trailers, and cover art for children’s books, I have decided to go ahead and do the one part missing to a picture book’s creation, the authoring. I had been approached to do so on several occasions over the past couple of years. Not to mention several friends constantly asking why I did not just make my own. Within as much, I decided to dust off the old manuscripts I have had sitting for years.
Although I took Creative Writing in high school, and have always loved to write and create stories, (especially for my daughter at bedtime when she was younger) I never considered making my own children’s book.
I have decided, why not. If nothing else, I will have a hard copy of my own little story for my daughter, if no one else decides to buy it!
Stay tuned for more about “When Gray Was Blue“!
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
The Fairy and the Sprite
Disney Fan Art
Drawn for one of my best friend’s birthday.
I think fairies may be my absolute favorite subject to draw. I have always admired art that contained them. I do believe I have more art that I have done containing fairies than anything else.
If you like my art and would like to commission me or purchase any of my original work please visit my website at http://www.alysathena.com/
*fan art is never for sale
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!
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!
I had an absolutely beautiful Mother’s day. I am blessed with an extremely loving and supportive family.
As 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!