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
A couple of weeks ago, my family and I ventured over to Cedar Key. I had been longing to return to this magical little shanty town that I remembered visiting back in the 90’s. It was the closest thing to the Florida Keys that I had ever seen. Visiting the keys virtually every weekend was my favorite part of growing up, so when I realized there was an area close reminiscent of the Keys, I had to check it out! I instantly fell in love!
We have passes to all state parks. I remembered visiting a park or two the last time I had been to Cedar Key. Prior to going, I ensured the parks were still there. Much to my surprise, one had a beautiful face lift of sorts! So it would be a bit of a new adventure for me.
My daughter and I were in heaven. It was absolutely beautiful. Kira got to see her first shell mound. You should have seen the expression on her face! It seemed a higher climb than I remembered. Ahhhh, the benefits of growing old!
I was able to feed my photography cravings as we visited the shell mounds and the Cedar Key State Park & Museum. The admission of only $2 per person is well worth it. Although we have passes, we opted to also pay as donation.
In route (it is a long drive) we saw signs for the upcoming Arts festival. I squealed with excitement! I absolutely LOVE art festivals! Plus, Kira had never been to one.
This past weekend was the festival. It surely did not disappoint with the endless food, wonderful entertainment, and amazing art and photography booths.
Stage? Who needs a stage when you have a boat!
I wish I was able to take more pictures. However, it seems some of the artists do not like free advertising. As an artist, I absolutely do not understand this. For the photographers, I can see why they have signs requesting no photographs be taken of their work, but for an artist? Is there a trade secret???? It is free advertising; do they thing someone will steal their idea? I am baffled by this concept, quite honestly. Then there are those who are on the opposite side, which I tend to favor;
Make note, they welcome photographs and even list all of their social sites! Now this is a SMART artist.
As an artist who also is a digital artist, I am no stranger to having my work stolen. But for artists who have painted or sculpted, I cannot see why they wouldn’t want their work shared publicly by as many people as possible. To each their own. I respected the signs that said this once my husband was gracious enough to point it out. Subsequently I had to delete at least 20 images.
We had an amazing time. The weather was absolutely beautiful. Warm with a beautiful coastal breeze. The location is second to none. Cedar Key has changed quite a bit since I first went in the 90’s. The quaint charm has sadly been replaced in spots by a concrete mess. However a visitor need not search far to see historical homes and shanty landmarks.
The skull represents my current mood…I must smile no matter what. At all costs be happy.
The dragon symbolizes the desire to fly away