I know I have been rather quiet lately……… But I have been working hard behind the scenes. Amidst the chaos that this time of the year brings, I have managed to eek out some art. Here are just a few. I hope everyone had an awesome Halloween and Thanksgiving! Hard to believe Christmas is right around the corner!
I have received and approved the proof copies from the printer and Ooooooh, It’s Halloween is now officially available!!!!
I have truly enjoyed working on this, my third, endeavor with the delightful Barbara Poor!
From illustrating the interior of this full color 40 page children’s book, creating the cover, editing and formatting, creating all advertisements to creating the book trailer, this has been an absolute adventure. It is always a delight to work with Barbara Poor.
On the heels of our two other collaborations, The Girl With The Curly Red Hair , and My Trip To The Library , Ooooooh, It’s Halloween follows the ginger headed, freckled cutie on a colorful journey through a parade of the delights and frights of costume choices available on Halloween.
It is always an epic delight for me to illustrate for the imaginative and creative Barbara Poor. Her words instantly conger colorful images in my mind and inspire me to draw. I look forward to many more collaborations in our future!
To see more of my work, please visit my website at: http://www.alysathena.com/
Where has this month gone? I can tell you where, into the book I am illustrating! This drawing, *Discovering Piggies* is the only digital drawing I have done all month except for book illustrations! It was done 22 days ago. When I looked at the calendar and realized today was the last day of August, well, I freaked out! Granted, this month has been filled with insurmountable distractions. I have people I love and care about in Texas, so my mind and heart have also been extremely occupied. Add to that the pending deadline to have a picture book fully completed for a Halloween release date, and well, yes, I tend to lose weeks, not days! Add to this, I am ill post my thyroid ablation.
As I am averaging 8 hour days of illustrating digitally, my free time (okay, so there is no such thing as free time when you are home schooling a teenager) is spent fulfilling my other obligations. I also had two title logos to create. When I was not doing these, cooking, cleaning, or sleeping, I was drawing traditionally. Yes, it seems that art is my addiction. My schedule does not seem to be slowing down, either. It is a good thing I love what I do!
Here are a few of my late night doodles.
This is a mixed media piece. I sketched it out and outlined with micron pens, then colored some with Chameleon Pens and Prismacolor pencils. Finally, I used watercolor paint to fill the background.
I am not sure why this image is so large. I imagine I could have fixed it, as it looks blurry, but as I have said, I am pressed for time lately. I doodled this fella in graphite while the VMAs were on.
I hope you all are safe! Here is to hoping that September brings happier events this year!
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!