I’m on Redbubble! | Illustrator, Artist and Designer

As a designer and illustrator I am always looking for ways to share my passion for art with the world and others who enjoy the same things as I do! Besides Etsy, I have now joined Redbubble.com, which is a company allowing artists to simply upload their work (easily!) and fulfill products that people purchase. While my little shop is looking kind of low on designs right now, I have plans to upload much of my art and illustration to the site! Custom orders and commissions will still have to be placed through me by emailing aliciaanndesign@gmail.com, or on Etsy.

Here it is!

https://www.redbubble.com/people/aliciaannart

I hope you enjoy my art as much as I enjoy making it!

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Digital Watercolor Painting | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

It’s no secret that I am that person that’s completely obsessed with all things Harry Potter! Countless Hedwig’s, wands, Gryffindor blankets, and POP figures flock my house and when I send something by mail I always refer to it as sending an owl (some people get it, some people look at me like I have 4 heads)!

So of course when diving into watercolor on my iPad, my first full painting had to be Wizarding World inspired! I believe in constant learning in art, design and life in general. This summer I want to strengthen my illustration techniques, and I couldn’t think of a better way than being able to paint on the go on my iPad in watercolor. After a few Skillshare classes, I took one of the works I created in class a few steps farther and Potter-ized it, and now we have “The Car? How’d it go?”

Harry Potter Fan Art Weasly Car

You Can’t be Both |Rhode Island Graphic Designer and Photographer

I’ll never forget the laughter and look of shock and horror that my design professor gave me as she said these words to me:

“Oh honey, you can’t be both! You need to choose!”

This was during my senior thesis critique, which encompasses design and photography on the topic of “Typography and Circus Posters”.

I started photography before I went to finish my degree in graphic design. I didn’t actually fall in love with it until my senior year of college while working with clients and comparing artistic shoots. I also worked as a second shooter for my friend who did weddings, dreaming of being a lead some day.

I also love art and design, from drawing and painting, to digital art and lettering and traditional design work. Not all aspects of being a designer in the corporate world are glamorous, a lot of it is editing other people’s files, copy and pasting, using templates, using stock illustration and photography instead of making your own, and just a touch of being able to put your own spin on things. It’s wonderful to be able to work with a team of like-minded and career driven people though, something I have yet to find in a company job. As a freelance designer I have found joy in my job, collaboration, and thriving off of our team. I do honestly love my career path when I get to work creatively and utilize my illustration and design skills! When I work on an illustration project, it’s like time flies. I’m consumed in ideas, creativity, and my passion drives me to work harder!

Then there’s my growing wedding photography and calligraphy business: I photograph weddings, engagements, dancers (did I mention I do that too!?) and artistic portraits. I also address envelopes, design invitations and write out wedding signage, escort cards, place cards, etc. as a hand lettering designer and calligrapher, and I’m growing and becoming more successful for every year that goes by!

I think having multiple talents that harmoniously work together is a great thing! It gives plenty of options and offerings to clients and employers alike. Bringing someone down by mocking their dreams and ambitions is not a healthy way to educate. I always tell people they can be anything they want, it’s never too late and no dream is too big!

This comes from the designer/ illustrator/ artists / dancer/ photographer/ calligrapher herself!

Cheers to creating!

And keep dreaming BIG!

Alicia

Always | Harry Potter Painting

I’ve been obsessed over the culture of Harry Potter since high school. I picked up the first book while being bored at the beach with family and having nothing else to do, because my Mom’s friends son had it and I forgot reading material (this was pre-cell phones people). I was instantly immersed in the Wizarding World, and finished the book in the 5 hours or so we were at the beach. On the way home I made a stop at the bookstore, picking up all of the books that were out, eagerly awaiting the next in the series.

When I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal last year, I walked under the magical arch into Diagon Alley and cried. It was real. The emotion of being so passionate about a culture and lifestyle hit me like a ton of those magical bricks. Everything I read about was right in front of me. For those who get it, you just get it, and you can never get enough. You dream of shipping off to Hogwarts, and a beautiful owl delivering your letter. The world of Harry Potter isn’t just a phase, it isn’t just a “she likes Harry Potter” to me, it’s a lifestyle. It may sound odd to non believers, but the magic is there.

“After all this time”

“Always”

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In memory of Alan Rickman

The Wise Owl | Wildlife Illustration

The wisdom of the owl is a legend dating back to the Greco-Roman era and the reference seems to be made in popular culture quite often. Not only are these beautiful creatures known to be wise, but are often misunderstood as well, because they are nocturnal and live in the dark, they have been associated with witchcraft and black magic. I mean who has ever watched a movie and someone is lost in the ominous woods with the tell tale owl hooting and the character is either afraid or foreshadowing shows something bad about to happen. Owls have also been associated with bad luck and bad omens. I don’t believe any of the bad things said about owls because I enjoy photographing, drawing and watching them! The association reminds us that sometimes things are not what they seem and if you are kind to the owl she will share her wisdom and beauty with you as everyone thrives together.

To err is human, but to find a solution is wise like the owl.

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Handmade for the Holidays

For anyone (like all of us starving artists here!) who don’t have a ton of cash to spend this season, and spend a lot of time stressing over what to get your family and friends for the holidays….don’t!

Crafty-ness to the rescue! There are a TON of great things you can make for your loved ones that will be meaningful, come from the heart and won’t break the bank.

Here’s how:

  1. Think of who you are gifting. What do they love? What are their hobbies and passions? My mom and her boyfriend are ballroom dancers, they love to travel, and my mom loves lighthouses and sailboats, so a few years ago I made them this painting of them ballroom dancing by the sea!
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2. It’s all about family! This is the season where you will see family and friends, eat lot of food, drink lots of wine, and be merry, not worry about your budget and if they will be disappointed if you don’t buy a gift. You can create perfect gifts for family, ABOUT family. Last year I made mini albums for my step-mom, Mémère, and sister of all of my nephews birthday photos for a whopping total of $18. Three people covered for $18! Win!

3. What would they enjoy? Maybe they aren’t enjoyers of any particular hobby or have any crazy passions (as a dancer, I get little ballerinas all the time, I’m easy to buy for!) but what would they enjoy? I did little mini paintings for my mom and sister last year of owls. Are they obsessed with owls like me? Nope, but they loved them anyway.
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4. What are YOU good at? This is the perfect time to put your crafty skills to work, and if you don’t have one the perfect time to learn! Maybe you’ve always wanted to take up knitting, painting, calligraphy or floral decoration. Learn something new, and apply it to gifts that will be treasured because they were made with care and not bought. My Aunt even makes me amazing hand kit scarves, mittens and leg warmers every year!

And finally, remember no matter what, your family and friends will still love you if you don’t come down the chimney with a sack full of gifts. Use this time to expand your horizons, learn something new, and see their faces light up when you give them something handmade.


This years gift to my barista friend!


A custom painting for my airplane loving nephew

Happy crafting!

Alicia

 

Fruit for Thought 

Today I revisited a technique I haven’t seen since my early days of college, crosshatching and pointillism. Drawing for after dot or line after line, carefully and methodically isn’t exactly what I would call fun (I was told that “patience” is the key…..okay, right) but I have been revisiting techniques that I’m not so fond of to strengthen my art (and my hand, because I’ve been getting some cramps worse than typing this blog on my phone)! Okay so here we go what do I draw? What’s laying around? I have a lense cap, probably not a good subject. I have my dog, well she’s cute but I’m NOT drawing all that hair! Ok let’s be a typical artsey subject, fruit. Typical, but effective! I have a pear, an apple and a lemon, sounds like a good start! Let’s start with the outline and basic blocking in of tones with pencil of the pear, not so hard. I get my inker now (Micron 1) and start making lines, but should I contour them to the shape or just do straight lines? Well I decided to make these long lines that followed the shape and it was a hot mess. Next. Shorter lines all over the pear shape came next and this seemed to look better. I looked up cross hatching technique on Google (really what did we do without Google!?) and saw that this was probably a better approach. Excellent, let’s start crossing! Well there’s definitely something both maddening and meditative about doing this, first you overthink everything (is this line too big? Is this line too close? If I mess up it’s all over and you can’t go back)! Yet at the same time line after line and watching the tone and shape of the form break free is calming, once you stop panicking and overthinking everything. It’s kind of like yoga for your hand, it’s tough, you get cramps, but if you can see beyond that and just let the lines flow, you start to see it more clearly. I think I might be a little addicted to this, so it should be interesting to see where it goes!


Happy Drawing!

Alicia

All the Beautiful Things

Hello!! This is my first blog post about my art, so let me introduce myself! My name is Alicia, and I am an artist and photographer residing in beautiful Rhode Island. Much of my art is inspired by nature, it’s animal inhabitants and the ocean. Growing up minutes from the beach, it was always a huge influence and way of relaxing when I was stressed.
Art, to myself and many others, is about encouraging emotion. Step outside and take a look around you….no, really, look! What do you see and hear? The sound of birds, the crashing of the waves, the wind through the trees, people passing by, each one with a unique and hidden story to tell. This is what ignites my passion for art and creating!

I started drawing and painting as a child, and my love of photography grew from that while in school. My work is inspired by nature, wildlife, tranquility, and artistic expression of dance and yoga. I create because I want to share all of these things that inspire me, with other people. When someone looks at my work, I want them to feel like they are there, surrounded by natures beauty. We spend too much time indoors stuck in offices, and I create to break free from that!
So embrace it! Captivate your senses, feel that ocean breeze, look for that owl high in the tree, feel the tranquility of lakeside yoga. Because life is a journey, too beautiful to miss.
And that is what I hope to bring to my viewers with my art!
Alicia